LITTLE ROCK — Four Arkansas school districts have been selected to receive state funding to implement school-based health centers during the 2015-2016 school year, bringing the total statewide to 27, the state Department of Education said Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK — Four Arkansas school districts have been selected to receive state funding to implement school-based health centers during the 2015-2016 school year, bringing the total statewide to 27, the state Department of Education said Thursday.


The new health centers will be located at elementary schools in the Bradford, Bryant, Charleston and Smackover-Norphlet school districts.


The Education Department said the funding is awarded to districts through a competitive application process in an effort to promote health, wellness and academic achievement among students.


The centers must provide physical health services, mental and behavioral health services and school health outreach programs based on student and community needs. A health care provider must be on site at least 12 hours per week.


Local school officials and health service providers design the centers based on student and community needs. All centers are open to students and may serve families, district employees and the community. Many of the centers offer other services, such as oral health and optometry, in addition to the required services.