School-based clinics in danger of closing

Construction has just begun on a new Sisters school-based clinic. But by the time it opens in 2013, the Deschutes County Health Services Department may be forced to consider shutting it down.

Five school-based clinics opened in Deschutes County over the past decade. It began with La Pine, where a health center opened in 2004 at the campus where the elementary, middle and high schools are located. Most recently, a clinic opened at Redmond High in 2011. There are also clinics at Bend’s Ensworth Elementary and Bend High, and M.A. Lynch Elementary in Redmond.

Even as the clinics expand, there are already questions about their future. Read more here.