What is a SBHC: School Based Health Centers

Provide physical, behavioral and sometimes dental health services to children who have Medicaid, are privately insured, uninsured, or to those without ACCESS to primary health care services.
School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are comprehensive primary health care facilities located within or on the grounds of schools; licensed as “outpatient medical clinics” by DPH
SBHCs are staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of licensed professionals with particular expertise in child/adolescent health (i.e., nurse practitioner, MD, social worker, dentist and dental hygienist).
SBHCs staff are guests within the school, but typically become seamlessly integrated into the school system to maximize outcomes
SBHCs utilize HIPAA rather than FERPA The Centers are created to build the capacity of the school to provide comprehensive, primary preventive health and mental health services, health promotion and health education activities.
The teams of health professionals offer services in order to prevent and reduce high risk behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, sexual behaviors that result in HIV and STD’s, unintended pregnancy and alcohol and drug use.
SBHCs are licensed outpatient clinics as outlined in the Public Health Code (Sections 19-12-DA45 through 19-13-53).
Or as Psychiatric Outpatient Clinics through DCF if they provide mental health only

School Based Health Centers Provide
EPSDT – Well Child Examinations
Acute/Chronic Care – Diagnosis/Treatment
Reproductive Health Care Services (Middle and High)
Counseling-Individual, Group, Family, Psycho-educational
Educational Groups/School Programs
Patient Education
Case Management/Outreach Services
Referral Services/Administrative consults
Support Groups-anger management, bereavement, smoking cessation, substance abuse,
Preventive Dental Services

Contact IHS

Integrated Health Services:
763 Burnside Avenue
East Hartford, CT 06108
(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
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