Dental Sealant Grant Program
CSFA Number: 482-00-1351
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Stacey Ballweg
(217) 785-1072
Short Description
Dental sealants are a plastic coating applied to the pit and fissure (grooved) surfaces of molars and premolars that "seal" out dental decay. When combined with appropriate diet, home care and use of fluorides, dental sealants can virtually eradicate dental decay - the most common childhood chronic disease.

This school-based/linked program includes: preventive oral health care, oral health education and case management to dental homes. It has been the catalyst for expanding community-based oral health programs throughout the state. It is an essential component to a continuum of oral health care focusing on children and their families who are at the most risk for dental disease.

The DSGP currently exists in 62 of the state’s 102 counties and serves approximately 175,000 children. Annually, more than 350,000 dental sealants are placed. National goals and objectives regarding oral health have been established through Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020).
Subject Area
Program Function
Objectives and Goals
Program Objectives: To increase the proportion of children who receive oral health care. (HP2020: OH-7); To increase the number of low income children who receive preventive services (HP2020: OH-8); To increase the number of communities with public health oral health programs. (HP2020: OH-9, OH-10); To increase the proportion of very young children receiving fluoride varnish applications. (HP2020: OH-8); To increase the proportion of children in kindergarten, second and sixth grades receiving required school dental examinations. (DSGP objective); To increase the proportion of eligible children benefitting from All Kids oral health benefits. (DSGP objective); To increase the number of dentists participating as providers in the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services dental program. (DSGP objective).

The following program requirements must be met.
Program Requirements
(1) Demonstrate accessibility to the target population. School eligibility and targeting forms are attached.
(2) Agreements must be in place among participating parties (e.g., school administration for school-based program), sub-contracts, memoranda of agreement, letters of support from appropriate community agencies, schools and other organizations, parent permission slips and referral forms. Schools must allow providers and IDPH personnel access to children for long-term retention checks for quality assurance purposes.
(3) A written protocol outlining the specific process for referral and case management to the oral health care delivery system of children found to need treatment services.
(4) A written protocol outlining All Kids outreach and enrollment.
(5) A written protocol outlining oral health education for children, preferably classroom education prior to dental sealant program participation.
(6) A written protocol demonstrating evidence of Medicaid/All Kids denial and procedures for billing Medicaid/All Kids patients.
(7) A written protocol for quality assurance including:
(7a) Technical acceptability of sealant application procedure, including use of blunt ended explorers during examinations if explorers are used (use of sharp explorers is not recommended in detection of occlusal decay), and use of only white sealant application materials approved by the American Dental Association, and;
(7b) Long-term sealant retention rate collection (retention rate forms and protocol are attached). Assure retention rates of 90 percent or higher and provision of technical assistance for any provider falling below 90 percent. Permission slips must reflect provision for long-term retention checks by providers and IDPH Quality Assurance audits.
(8) Documented conformity of proposed activities to professional standards, the Illinois Dental Practice Act and Rules Administering the Illinois Dental Practice Act (, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on infection control and hand washing ( and ( and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services school-based provider requirements.
(9) Guaranteed provision of dental sealants for all appropriate teeth based on CDC recommendations.
(10) Assure experienced and competent staff.
(11) Comply with Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services school-based oral health program requirements, including using best effort to update/maintain Google schedule calendar and to notify staff to changes weekly.
(12) Comply with fiscal and program reporting requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Submission of monthly reporting is to include sealant and Medicaid data.
(13) Attend educational meetings as requested by the Division of Oral Health.

Agreements and written protocols must be made available upon request by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Uses and Restrictions
Funding is limited to those grantees who received awards in Fiscal Year 2016 and based on performance history.

The method of compensation for the Dental Sealant Grant Program is fee-based allocation. The Illinois Department of Public Health will reimburse the grantee at the rate shown below for the following school-based services for children enrolled in free and reduced meals who are not enrolled in Medicaid/All Kids:
1) $18.00 for each permanent molar sealed;
2) $18.00 for each examination per child in the second and sixth grades; and
3) $13.00 for each examination per child receiving dental sealants. The grant does not reimburse for dental exams on children who do not receive sealants except for children in the second and sixth grades.
Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants are those health departments, school districts, and community-based organizations who received Dental Sealant Grant Program funding during Fiscal Year 2016.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Applications will be reviewed, evaluated, and funded based on program need as demonstrated on targeting forms, availability of funds and, if appropriate, histories of efficient use of dental sealant grant funds.

Awards are expected to be announced on September 23, 2016.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2018 : $340,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
93489003GCity of Chicago d/b/a Chicago Department of Public Health.07/01/201809/30/2020120,000
93489007GDuPage County Health Department07/01/201809/30/202087,500
93489035GWinnebago County Health Department07/01/201809/30/202083,500
93489024GPeoria City/County Health Department07/01/201809/30/202059,000
93489030GBoard of Trustees of Southern Illinois University07/01/201809/30/202054,300