School-Based Health Care (SBHC)
Our School Based Health Centers provide services year round, including during the summer. Click here for more information.
In Groton, School-Based Health Centers are located at Fitch High School, Groton Middle School, and Catherine Kolnaski STEAM Magnet Elementary School. Our two new elementary schools opening in September, Mystic River Magnet School and Thames River Magnet School, will also have School Based Health Centers. The school district’s community partner, Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, operates our centers.
- A School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is different from the school nurse’s office and your community primary care doctor, but works in collaboration with them.
- Students must attend a school where a SBHC is located and be signed up for services by a parent/legal guardian.
- Health insurance is billed for services provided, but there is no cost to the family (no co-pays, deductible costs, or out-of-pocket expenses).
- Each School-Based Health Center has a Nurse Practitioner (APRN) and a Masters level Mental Health Clinician.
HOw to CONTACT US:If you have any questions regarding School-Based Health Center services or would like to schedule a medical appointment, call us at (860) 437-4555.
You can find registration forms at the School-Based Health Center, in your school nurse’s office, or at the Welcome Center. Or, you can register online:
Medical Services Provided:
Well-Child Care (Physical Exams)
- New-entry to school district
- Annual school physicals
- Sports participation physicals
- Camp or work physicals
- Required for school (e.g.: IPV, Tdap, MMR, etc.)
- Recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics (e.g.: Flu, HPV, Menactra)
Acute Care Visits
- Colds, URI, strep throat, conjunctivitis, etc.
Refer for primary care provider(s) & HUSKY medical insurance
Chronic Conditions Education & Management
- Weight management (nutrition and physical activity counseling)
- Collaboration with student's community primary care provider
- Mental Health Screens
Mental Health Services Provided:
- Pyscho-Social Assessments, Diagnosis and written treatment plans
- Crisis Intervention
- Education on mental health topics and classroom presentations (pyschoeducation)
- Consultation to school staff
- Referral to community mental health services