is a SBHC different from the school nurse's office?
SBHC is a fully-licensed primary care facility, providing a range of physical
and mental health services, and in some sites, dental services. SBHCs and
school nurses work closely together, with school nurses able to refer students
to the SBHC to resolve student health problems.
parents' rights and responsibilities respected by SBHCs?
must sign a Parent Permission Form for students to receive services from
SBHCs. It is the mission of SBHCs to work in partnership with parents,
respecting the age, cultural values and family situation of every
is a youngster's privacy protected by SBHCs?
health care provided in a private physician's office or hospital clinic, all
services provided by SBHCs are strictly confidential. SBHCs abide by
nationally-accepted health care standards, breaching confidentiality only in life or death situations, or legal mandate.
SBHCs only for inner city schools?
design, SBHCs are aimed at, but not limited to, students who do not have access
to a medical home or whose families have little or no health insurance.
However, as more and more parents work outside the home, even children who can
afford health care often do not receive care in a timely manner.
Consequently, children from all socioeconomic groups, in all types of
communities, benefit from the presence of a SBHC in their school.
SBHC staff members qualified to provide primary health care to students?
the policy governing Connecticut SBHCs, they are staffed by teams of
professionals specializing in child/adolescent health, including licensed nurse
practitioners or physician's assistants, clinical social workers, medical
assistants, and licensed oral health professionals, operating under the
guidance of a medical director.
do educators react to SBHCs?
Connecticut, school administrators and faculty have come to recognize the
unique role of SBHCs in ensuring that students come to school "ready to
learn". Often overburdened by societal pressures, today's educators
welcome the presence of a team of health professionals, dedicated to effective
prevention and treatment of student's physical and emotional problems.