Integrated Health Services IHS provides evidence-based comprehensive and preventive health care services to school-aged children and adults. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:38:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Integrated Health Services in East Hartford Gazette Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:46:10 +0000 The following was transcribed from an article in The Gazette on 6/15/2017.

School-based health centers thank town, staff, parents for support

The following was submitted to the Gazette as an Open Letter by Emily Pangakis, Senior Public Relations Strategist at Adams & Knight, Inc., Avon. -editor

Open Letter:

Over the past 23 years, Integrated Health Services has been proud to provide East Hartford students with quality health care services at our five School Based Health Centers. Having these centers located directly within the East Hartford High School, Middle School, and the Mayberry, Hockanum and Silver Lane Elementary Schools, made comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services far more accessible to students.

It has been an honor to work with your families for all these years, but due to circumstances beyond our control, Integrated Health Services will cease operating these school based health centers June 23.

Approximately six months ago, the Eat Hartford School District notified Integrated Health Services it was terminating our contract so they could review the Board’s options related to school based health centers. My team and I were disappointed by this news, especially considering the positive, measurable results our centers have shown year after year. Integrated Health Services submitted a proposal in response to the districts search for a new vendor. The East Hartford Board of Education announced its desire to contract with a new vendor in late March. We have offered to continue providing our services until the new vendor is fully operational.

Despite all that has occurred, Integrated Health Services remains committed to its mission of helping students achieve and maintain wellness by reducing and addressing barriers to care. We are excited to announce that as of July 1, Integrated Health Services will begin operating two new school-based health centers on the Goodwin College Campus through LEARN at the Connecticut River Academy and the Riverside Magnet School.

While our mailing address will change, our commitment to offering convenient, high-quality care remains as strong as ever. Our dedicated health care professionals will continue to focus on delivering comprehensive and preventive health care services to your children, helping them to achieve and maintain wellness.

I would like to thank our amazing staff of health care professionals and program administrators for their tireless dedication. I would also like to thank East Hartford Public Schools for two decades of partnership and the Dept. of Public Health for its generous support and guidance over the years.

Finally, I want to express our profound gratitude to the community at large and the thousands of families who welcomed us into your lives and trusted us with your wonderful children for the last 23 years. We look forward to serving the East Hartford community for many years to come.

Parents or patients requesting records, referrals or additional information, please leave us a detailed message at 860-461-1487.

Dr Deborah Poerio, DNP,
Integrated Health Services

National Committee on Quality Accreditation Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:52:44 +0000

PCMH Standards

Integrated Health Services was one of 2 cohorts in CT working with 2 cohorts in NY to pilot the standards. IHS was the only CT site to complete the pilot and designated as a level 2! This led to a proposal to have SBHC standards approved by NCQA which occurred in June 2017!

IHS developed the first national evidence-based preschool behavioral health screening, assessment, and therapeutic intervention program called “ADAPT”.

Connecticut Health Plans Fall Short Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:18:06 +0000 Consumers in a Northeast region that includes Connecticut were among the least satisfied with their health plans, according to the J.D. Power 2017 ​Member Health Plan Survey.  See how other regions rated here​.​

Connecticut School Based Health Centers Training Recap Sun, 04 Jun 2017 01:13:57 +0000 ​On May 5th the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers held their annual training event entitled “Protecting a Vulnerable Population”.​  Training opportunities included chronic absenteeism, mindfulness and tick-borne infection. Conference presentations and pictures are now available online here​.​

Hallways to Health Act Re-Introduced Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:59:17 +0000 ​Comprehensive school-based health care legislation would increase children and adolescents’ access to primary and mental health care services.​ Connecticut has made a wise investment in and commitment to the health of children and adolescents through state funding for SBHCs. ​SBHCs are also an important mechanism to manage physical and mental health barriers that reduce academic success. SBHCs improve academic performance,increase attendance and reduce dropout rates.

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School-Based Health Centers: Critical to Health Reform and Improved Outcomes for Students Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:09:38 +0000 Connecticut is transforming care delivery statewide by creating sustainable, effective linkages between clinical and community settings to improve access to preventive and chronic care services. ​

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Kool Smiles provide $3 Million in Uncompensated Care for Uninsured Children and Families Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:19:25 +0000 Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care for underserved children and families in Connecticut, today announced its dentists have provided $3.6 million in uncompensated dental care since 2009. The uncompensated dental care program has helped more than 85,000 patients in Connecticut receive necessary dental treatments in instances where they did not have access to the Medicaid dental benefit or other dental insurance, and could not afford to pay out of pocket for needed dental services.​

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Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Could Mean Big Cuts to School-Based Health Services Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:16:38 +0000 ​Although it is not widely known, public schools receive a small portion of Medicaid dollars. Since 1988, schools and districts have been eligible to receive Medicaid payments for medical expenses they incur for providing services to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, and for providing services such as health screenings, vaccinations, and behavioral health services to Medicaid-eligible children through Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment, or EPSDT. ​

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School health officials stress importance of in-school health care Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:14:32 +0000 “The health and welfare of our students in the county is important because a healthy student is a better student,”​

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Integrated Health Services Release Annual Report Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:07:09 +0000 ​The 2015-2016 IHS Annual Report is now available online.  This past year IHS raised the bar for coordinated care health through growing child and adolescent programs, dental services and community partnership.


Click on the link below to learn more about what Integrated Health Services accomplished this year IHS_AnnualReport_11.22_final.pdf.