Child & Adolescent Health
School based health centers play a vital role in keeping children healthy and in school through the provision of immunizations on site, dietary and exercise counseling, medication management, and asthma treatment.
It is estimated that only a 1/4 of children who need mental health care receive it. Of those who receive mental health services, 70 - 80 % received that care in a school setting. The CT State Department of Education has found that only school based health care systems devoted to the mental health needs of regular education students in Connecticut is the Connecticut School Based Health Care Center program.
Creating a school-based all hazards emergency response plan focusing on pediatric protocols and effective response to chemical, biological, nuclear, and unintentional public health emergencies such as natural disasters and emerging infections.
School-based health centers expand school health services and links to community based-health care systems and school climate to enhance accessibility, provide high-quality health care, and address both long- and short-term needs of children and adolescents.
School-based health centers are working with the National Committee for Quality Assurance to achieve the person-centered medical home model. Currently there are 19 school based health centers working towards person-centered medical home recognition or accreditation through its parent entity.
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