Facts About Our Healthcare Services

School Based Health Centers

  • SBHCs remove barriers to care that students and families might otherwise encounter including transportation issues, loss of school/work time for appointments, and a lack of qualified health care practitioners.
  • SBHCs increase the number of safety net providers accessible to high-risk children (especially for behavioral health services).
  • Parents must sign a permission form to receive services.
  • All services are confidential.
  • SBHCs can bill Medicaid and Husky for services covered by these health plans.

IHS Service Delivery Overview

The 2020-21 academic school year was unprecedented in the delivery of services to Goodwin University Magnet School System scholars and their families within the context of pandemic protocols. The resilience of all stakeholders was tested at countless intervals, but all persevered in the joint commitment to ensuring scholars and their families had access to consistent supportive services, healthcare, behavioral health, and limited dental services.

Enrollment

The visits to the SBHC were most pronounced for the high school scholars, with concentrated participation in behavioral health services.

  • The scholar enrollment at Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) was 355, 67% of the school population.
  • The scholar enrollment at Riverside Magnet School (RMS), for mental health services, was 108, 23% of the school population.

Clinical Visits

The visits to the SBHC were most pronounced for the high school scholars, with concentrated participation in behavioral health services.

  • There were 1,813 behavioral health visits conducted with school scholars throughout the academic year:
    • (1,211) CTRA, (100) visits with Middle School scholars, and (502) RMS scholars
    • (1,184) of the total behavioral health visits focused on individual counseling.

Healthcare Visits

  • Across the three schools, School Nurses conducted 3,447 visits with scholars,
    • RMS (2,277), CTRA Middle School (159), CTRA High School (1,011)
  • The APRN performed (394) medical visits, to include acute care visits, preventative, vaccinations, physical exams, check-in visits, and (66) staff visits.
  • The APRN completed 148 PHQ-9 Depression Screens, (40) resulting in a positive result for depression.
  • The APRN also conducted (131) needs assessment to account for the exposures of scholars beyond those specific to healthcare needs. Family death (45) and trouble with school grades (46) were the primary issues presented by scholars, with seriously ill family members and knowing someone who attempted suicide were the other significantly stressful experiences reported by scholars.

Dental Visits

The visits to the SBHC were most pronounced for the high school scholars, with concentrated participation in behavioral health services.

  • One hundred and six (106) dental visits were conducted, the majority being conducted with CTRA scholars.

While all services were impacted by the reduction of in-person instruction, the delivery of dental services was most impacted, resulting in significant delays in addressing the scholars’ dental needs. General healthcare visits decreased as a natural outcome of scholars not having in-person access to the health center. Noteworthy is the observation that overall individual and family counseling were of paramount need.

Contact IHS

Integrated Health Services:
763 Burnside Avenue
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 461-1487

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: closed

About IHS

Integrated Health Services, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Dr. Poerio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, but the organization’s purpose – to provide comprehensive, accessible, and integrated health care services at local schools – had been cultivated over the previous fifteen years while she ran the School Based Health Center (SBHC) program at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Locations


​​​​IHS Administrative Office
763 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT 06108

Administrative Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: closed

School Based Health Center Locations
Connecticut River Academy
9 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 310-2864

Connecticut River Academy Middle School
195 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108

Riverside Magnet School
29 Willowbrook Road
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 709-6812

Goodwin Counseling Services
1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 913-2395