Student-Based Health & Resource Center
- What is a School-based Health and Resource Center?
- Why go to a SBHRC?
- What kinds of medical services are provided?
- Does JSD have partners in this work?
- Is this the first SBHRC in Oregon?
- How is this project being funded?
- How much is the estimated cost of this project?
- How was it decided to create a School-based Health and Resource Center?
- Why aren’t we fixing the track with this money?
- Who will own the building once it’s built?
- Will the school district owe anything to MWIC?
- Will MWIC or another organization have control of this building or what happens there?
- Why is MWIC doing this?
- Where will this center be located?
- What will the space look like?
- Will this be a transient center where adult homeless people will be living or receiving services?
- Will this center offer gender affirming care or abortions?
- Who controls the center?
- How will this center help seniors?
- Why don’t we have a school nurse?
- Do we want our children making medical decisions without our knowledge or consent?
- He plans to start building April 28th without contractor bidding?
- What kind of Public Input have you collected to drive this decision?
- Seems like a liability waiting to happen. Has anyone contacted WESD for further information or to ask if this is even legal?
- Laboratory is not mentioned on the school's website. Data collection, variables and reporting of our children is quite worrisome.
- Our community couldn’t keep a Dr office open, what makes us think a medical facility will work? Are they wanting to offer only services to our kids in town?
- Also am wondering if they will be renting the space?
- Obviously, from the link, what isn't addressed is: 1) the schools access to the records
- 2) parents involvement in their minor child's care
- 3) HIPPA violations on the school's part without parent knowledge
- and 4) the potential for more meddling in student lives.
- I'm concerned about the potential for more meddling in student lives.
- As far as I'm concerned, the overreaching superintendent will have access to the medical and behavioral health records 24/7.
- It also does not address parental access / parental rights where there minor child is concerned.
- Is there any detail about the bid process - who else submitted a bid? Is there a plan attached for multi year sustainability - not just one year and done?
- How is it not a conflict of interest for the donor to direct and develop the project? He can donate, but the project must be publicly bid, he's barred from participating. He may not have been made aware that it's a conflict of interest.
- Has the board seen or reviewed any contracts? They're required to be approved by the board as well.
- There has been no public input on a project that will, undoubtedly within a year or two, overwhelm the district's already finite resources. What is the goal and what is the plan for staffing and maintaining the facility?
- It seems they have a donor to start the project but what is the budget for operation of it? There is always maintenance, misc needs, supplies, and who knows whatever else would be needed to operate?
Primarily, these are medical clinics that offer children and youth health care either in a school or on school property. They help children and youth get the care they need when they need it. Our center will focus on supporting students in three primary areas: Behavioral health; medical; clothing and supplies for students living the homeless lifestyle.
Mountain West Investment Corporation, located in Salem does a lot of philanthropic work in the Salem area especially with schools and nonprofits. MWIC built Willamette Career Academy and C-TECH High School in Salem. MWIC donates money every year to different organizations, and their mission and passion are helping kids and seniors. MWIC has committed over $100,000 to this project. Other individuals and foundations are contributing. The Joe Weston Family Foundation has committed $75,000. The Epping Family Foundation has committed to $75,000. We are currently in talks with PacificSource, a Coordinated Care Organization, Marion County Commissioners, and with the Ford Family Foundation to secure the necessary funds for the project. All of these entities are expressing strong interest in supporting this project for Jefferson! We feel that we can raise the remaining funds from these groups, but MWIC has said that if we don’t raise the funds, they will cover the balance. The school district will not be in a position of having to pay construction costs.
Mountain West Enterprises came and completed a formal estimate. Construction is estimated to cost $350-400,000. Furniture is budgeted at $70,000. To date, we have raised $250,000 and we are actively in talks with the groups mentioned in the above paragraph and they are all expressing interest in helping.
After meeting with Superintendent Capener, Mr. Tokarsky, President of MWIC, agreed to help out Jefferson in some way, and asked JSD to provide him with some possibilities for a donation. MWIC was provided a list of ideas including the track and field, the stadium, the high school shop rooms, and a school-based health and resource center. MWIC expressed interest in the idea of a SBHRC because it closely aligns with their mission to help students. MWIC believes in building communities and supporting people, and JSD agreed that funding this renovation will bring valuable and necessary support to this community for our students.
There are 81 School Based Health Centers around Oregon that help their school communities. 39 of them are in rural counties. These communities are not seeing this fear becoming a reality. In actuality, the vast majority of visits will involve minors and include their parents. We will require older students to have parent permission for a medical visit.
The donor has his own contracting business. Mountain West Enterprises built the Willamette Career Academy and C-TECH High School in Salem. Nothing states that this work has to go to bid if it is done with donations from a company that does this work. Since we are not using public funds, we don’t have an obligation to seek the lowest bid.
First, we gathered considerable public input in our Needs Assessment for our Integrated Plan. The input, plus our meetings with high school students, helped us realize that there is a great need for behavioral/mental health support. This will be a strong primary focus of this center.
Additionally, this is school district property being renovated by private donations, not public funds. The school district has the ability to build or renovate on its property without a public hearing or input. For example, we built an FFA barn a few years ago with grant funds, and a shed to house district equipment. We didn’t require public hearings or input for those projects. This is the same situation. We are taking an existing room and renovating it so it has exam rooms and a laundry facility and a place to keep clothing and school supplies for our homeless students.
This space is similar to the 81 other centers already serving schools in Oregon. Everything is being donated - gifted to the district.
There is a lot of support for school-based health centers in the medical community. We are working to solidify our partnerships. Currently, we have a letter of support from Samaritan Health. We have a commitment from Capital Dental. Because our community couldn’t keep a medical office open is precisely why we feel the need to try to offer this to our students.
Yes, this is for our students only.
We are not renting out the space. We will be arranging ongoing services. It’s too early to know how often services will be provided for specific services, but it will not be a once a year pop up thing. All of these service providers will provide specialized equipment and staffing. For example, Capital Dental will equip the room, provide a dentist, dental assistant, and receptionist on the days that they provide services.
I am 100% focused on kids and providing support for them. That is my only agenda. We want to remove barriers to learning when we can. We are being given a gift - an opportunity - to serve our students most in need. I’m not sure what ‘overreaching’ means, but if it means that I am wanting to bring support and services to our students in the form of dental care, mental health support, clothing and school supplies, and simple medical care, then yes, I overreach. Will I have access to medical and behavioral health records? Absolutely not.
Currently the plan is to begin construction and at the same time, solidify partnerships. Our staff will be working on a sustainability plan over the next several months. We have had great conversations with PacificSource on sustainability and they have offered to help us with our sustainability planning. We can both build and plan at the same time.
No, the Board is not accepting donations from the donors.
Mountain West gives away millions of dollars each year. They have done these types of projects on multiple occasions - the Boys and Girls Club in Salem, CTECH high school, Willamette Career Academy. They both donated and built those places. This is a small project for them in consideration of what they normally do.
We have budgeted $470,000 which will pay for construction costs and furniture. We are well on our way to raising those funds and Mountain West will ensure that the district does not have to pay for anything related to start up costs. Costs associated with maintaining will be minimal. The space is currently used by our staff and so custodial and maintenance is already part of our regular operations.