School-Based Health Center
Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT operates 13 School-based Health Centers (SBHCs) in New London, Groton, Stonington, and Waterford. Mary Morrison Elementary School-Based Health Center will be the agency’s 14th center and will open in Fall of 2019.
Students can obtain services at the school-based health center such as physical exams, acute illness care, health promotion and disease prevention education, as well as group, individual and/or family therapy. SBHCs are licensed by the Department of Public Health and are staffed by Certified Nurse Practitioners and Masters-prepared Mental Health Clinicians.
SBHCs are familiar venues for students as they see and pass by them frequently in their school day. The staff becomes familiar, friendly faces. Parents appreciate the convenience of having their child receive health care at the school as it eliminates barriers such as transportation and lack of available appointments outside of parent’s work schedules.
Parents must sign a permission form for students to use the center. A SBHC is not the same as the school nurse’s office, school student support services; however, the school and SBHC staff work together to provide coordinated, comprehensive health services to students. The SBHC also coordinates with each student's community primary care providers.