In Illinois, youth 12 years of age and older can access most sexual health services confidentially and without parental or caregiver consent or permission. By law, Medicaid cannot send home a bill or explanation of benefits for sexual health services.
School-Based Health Centers
School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and some mobile providers provide a range of sexual and reproductive health services, including: birth control, pregnancy testing, and STI screening and treatment. Some School-Based Health Centers are open to students from other CPS schools and some are open to the community. To find a School-Based Health Center near you, view the CPS School-Based Health Center List or use the School-Based Health Center Map.
CPS also partners with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Planned Parenthood of Illinois to provide Project CHAT, sexual health education and chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings for CPS high schools. For more information, please visit chataboutit.org.
CPS adopted the New Sexual Health Education Policy in December 2020. Included in this policy are sexual health services that must be made available in certain schools.
Sexual Health Service Referrals
Schools must designate a staff member to provide sexual health service resources to students in alignment with local, state, and federal standards. Under Illinois Consent by Minors to Health Care Services Act these resources include, but are not limited to, youth rights to access confidential health services such as obtaining contraceptives, abortion, prenatal care, adoption, transgender health services, trauma informed mental healthcare, and information on HIV and STI screening and treatment. Schools must provide information on how and where to access these confidential reproductive and sexual health services.
Condom Availability Program
Schools that teach grade 5th and up must maintain a condom availability program. CPS provides guidance regarding the notification to parents and access to condoms by approved school representatives. Condoms are provided at no cost by the Chicago Department of Public Health in an ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, and unintended pregnancy among CPS students.
Menstrual Hygiene Management
All schools must make menstrual hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in at least one bathroom in the school building.
Title X clinics provide free or low-cost sexual health services, family planning, and preventative health services. Use this tool to find a Title X clinic near you.
The Chicago Department of Public Health Digital Community Resource Directory is a searchable database of local support services. Categories of resources include Family Planning and Pregnancy, Health Care, Personal Safety, and Hotlines and Helplines.