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 2022-23 academic school year marked a renewed focus on capacity-building of the organization. IHS partnered with families, schools, funders, and other stakeholders to effectively and efficiently address the challenges being experienced by students.
This was also a year of continued focus on re-engaging students and families, some of whom remained less engaged—possibly as an on-going residual impact of being isolated during the pandemic. This was evident in the down-turn of enrollment across the board at each school.
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 254, 56% of the school population.
- The scholar enrollment at Connecticut River Academy Middle School was 83, 35% of the school population.
- The scholar enrollment at Riverside Magnet School (RMS), for mental health services, was 77, 17% of the school population.
- The visits to the SBHC were most pronounced for the high school scholars, with concentrated participation in behavioral health services.
- There were 1,035 behavioral health visits conducted with school scholars throughout the academic year.
- 863 of the total behavioral health visits focused on individual counseling to address prevalent issues to include anxiety, depression, absent parent, and social isolation.
School Nursing Services by School:
Student utilization of school nursing services at the elementary school level, Riverside Magnet School, led to the installation of a Health Aid to support the nurse in the following school years.
- During academic year 2022-23, across the Goodwin University Magnet Schools, 100 students were enrolled in the SBHC for dental services. Those students had 867 dental procedures, including, exams (190), fillings (153), cleanings (134), x-rays (120), sealants (88), risk assessment of caries (58), fluoride treatments (57), and 10 general check-ins.
While enrollment in the SBHC has not returned to the pre-pandemic numbers, the demand for services continue to outpace the SBHC capacity.
The IHS Board of Directors, administrators, and staff are diligent in efforts to expand existing services and initiate services in other high need communities.