If you have kids, you know how hard it can be to juggle the many responsibilities that come with parenthood. Everyday life is busy enough without adding soccer practice, doctor’s appointments, and play dates. Fortunately for you, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has just taken some of your “errands” off your plate.
After months of collaborating with local Principals, the Board of Education, teachers, and school nurses, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is proud to announce our newest program: School-Based Health Centers!
This new program will be initiated in the 2018-2019 school year starting at Grafton High School and Taylor County Middle School. School-Based Health Centers will be available in elementary schools during the 2019-2020 school year.
For those of you who don’t already know, School-Based Health Centers are health clinics inside your child’s school. School-Based Health Centers offer quality health services to families during the school day – at school. That means less running around for parents, and less missed school days for kids. These clinics will provide a multitude of services including:
Physical Health services: comprehensive well child exams, sports physicals, diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and injury, care for chronic illness (ex: diabetes, asthma, obesity), immunizations, acne treatment, vision/hearing testing, medication follow-ups, and more.
Behavioral Health services: screening for depression and anxiety, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, mental health assessments, treatment, referral and crisis intervention, individual therapy, group/family therapy, substance abuse counseling, medication and case management, violence/bullying prevention counseling, and more.
Health Promotion/Prevention services: nutrition counseling, exercise counseling, risk reduction programs, sleep health education, early identification, intervention for potential injury/disease, and more.
School-Based Health Centers will be staffed by a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a nurse, and a clerical staff person. Hours for these clinics will vary from school to school. Each School-Based Health Clinic will have its unique schedule posted at the clinic.
Sounds pretty awesome, right? If you would like to enroll your child in this program, the first step is to complete a series of forms that provides us with your child’s insurance information and your permission to see the child. These forms will be available in your child’s School-Based Health Center as well as online at www.GTHCDWV.ORG. (Please note: If you don’t have insurance you can still participate in this program. Our staff will help you enroll in your child in programs such as WVCHIP or arrange payments through our Sliding Fee Payment plan.)
Once you’ve completed the necessary forms, your student will have permission to use our School-Based Health Clinics when they open this Fall.
If you’d like more information about School-Based Health Centers or how you can enroll your child, don’t hesitate to call our office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday; 8AM-4PM) at 304-265-1288. You can also contact us by visiting our website at WWW.GTCHDWV.ORG. Our Public Health Nurses would be more than happy to tell you the ins-and-outs of our newest program.