School Based Programs

School Based Programs Service Delivery Overview

School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide cost-effective and time-efficient services that benefit the community, schools, teachers, parents, and scholars. The 2022 -2023 academic year shone a light on the on-going need for behavioral health, medical, and dental services. The demand and impact of behavioral health and dental health services were highlighted in the most recent Integrated Health Services Impact Report.

IHS Service Delivery Summary 2022-23

Behavioral Health Services

Story Behind the Data: Impact of Behavioral Health Services

Student Satisfaction Reports:

  • Students report having a trusted adult makes them more likely to come to school.
  • Improved peer relationships
  • Improved communication with family members
  • Increased ability to manage difficult situations
  • Improved self-image
Clinical Observations:

  • Improved outcomes in suicide ideation and attempts
  • Improved relationships with peers
  • Reduced self-harm
  • Increased skills to manage difficult emotions
  • Increased knowledge of harmful effects caused by excessive marijuana use

Dental Services

Story Behind the Data: Impact of Dental Services

  • New Caries Risk Assessments helped assist IHS hygienist’s communication with students, parents, and external dentists about preventive care needed.
  • New dental equipment, to include digital x-ray, enabled efficient record sharing with dental referrals
  • Improved work and school attendance noted by parents
  • Students report improved focus
  • Referred students and families to state dental insurance program, HUSKY, for coverage to promote on-going care
  • Assisted with coordination of scheduling and transportation to local endodontists, orthodontist, and oral surgeons

The IHS Board of Directors, administrators and staff are diligent in efforts to expand existing services and initiate services in other high need communities.

Response to Community Needs

SBHC staff increased school/family/community engagement:

  • Host open house,
  • Conduct food drives,
  • Conducting self-care groups,
  • Providing health education, including a visit by a Planned Parenthood representative and offering afternoon FLEX groups,
  • Increasing the hours of dentist on site and garnering a Per Diem Dental Hygienist.

Registration Form

School Based Programs Registration Forms


Contact IHS

Integrated Health Services:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 280083
East Hartford, CT

Physical Address
87 Church Street, Unit 206 J
East Hartford, CT

(860) 291-9154

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.


​​​​IHS Administrative Office

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 280083, East Hartford, CT 06128

Physical Address
87 Church Street, Unit 206 J, East Hartford, CT 06108

(860) 291-9154

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

School Based Health Center Locations
Connecticut River Academy High School
9 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 929-3164

Connecticut River Academy Middle School
195 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 929-3020

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

Carmen Arace Intermediate and Middle Schools
390 Park Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 286-2622 ext.2608