Cañon City Schools Is Partnering With Valley-Wide Health Systems and Solvista Health To Open A School-Based Health Center In 2020 In The New Canon City Middle School
Thanks to overwhelming community support in the November 2017 election, Cañon City Schools, Solvista Health and Valley-Wide Health Systems, are combining forces to offer school-based health services to students enrolled in Cañon City Schools. Services will also be offered to employees of the school district. Below are answers to questions you might have about the new center opening in Spring 2020 in the new Cañon City Middle School.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a school-based health center (SBHC) or student health center?
A school-based health center (SBHC) brings the healthcare provider into a school so students and staff can avoid health related absences and receive the support they need to succeed in the classroom. SBHCs are staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals.
What services will be provided at the Cañon City Middle School Health Center?
Services provided may include: physical exams, including sports physicals; immunizations; care for acute, minor injury and illness; management of chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, and diabetes; counseling services; routine lab tests and throat cultures; prescriptions and medications; health and wellness education; reproductive health; referral to community providers and agencies; and assistance with enrollment into Medicaid and CHP+.
What age groups will the School Based Health Center serve?
SBHC will be open to all staff and students of all schools in the Cañon City School District. The SBHC will also be open to children of staff, and also siblings of enrolled students, ages 0-5
Does the student need parental permission to receive services?
Yes. The student health center will require the parent or legal guardian to sign a consent form before their minor child may receive services in the center. Because the student health center will take the approach that the clinician, parents, and child should work together to resolve health problems, the staff will promote strong family communication and make every effort to involve parents.
Does the parent need to be present for the student to receive services?
Parents are always welcome to be present and encouraged to participate in their child’s care. However, as long as the parent or legal guardian has signed a consent form, he/she does not need to be present for students 12 years of age and above. Students under the age of 12 must have a parent present to receive services.
Will the parent be notified when their child receives services?
Unless prohibited by law, parents will be kept informed about student visits to the health center. By law, minors can consent to certain services without their parents’ approval, including treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, contraceptive services, prenatal care, and substance abuse and mental health services.
How much will it cost for my child to receive services at the health center?
Services will be provided on a sliding fee scale based on family income for those that have no insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid or CHP+. No child will be refused services based on an inability to pay. To help sustain the student health center, a student’s insurance will be billed. Sometimes insurance companies require the collection of co-payments and deductibles for services provided and therefore, any applicable co-payments and deductibles will be collected from families.
How will my child get to the CCMS School Based Health Center?
The parent or guardian will be responsible for transport unless the student attends CCMS and the services take place during the school day.
Do health centers take money away from classrooms?
No. SBHCs get their funding from many different sources. Schools generally provide only in-kind support to their health centers, such as space, utilities, and custodial services. School districts recognize that student achievement gaps can be closed if students are physically and mentally healthy.
How are SBHCs in Colorado funded?
Colorado SBHCs are funded through a mix of sources, including: federal, state and local government dollars, private grants and donations, insurance billing, and in-kind support.
Shouldn't the school district just focus on education?
“Studies have found direct links between SBHC use and learning readiness.” Schools cannot do their job of educating if students are not in school or are unable to concentrate because of pain or other health problem. Research shows that students who use SBHCs are less likely to be absent or tardy and more likely to graduate than nonusers.
Will the SBHC eliminate the need for the school nurses and school counselors?
No. SBHCs do not replace school nurses or counselors. Rather, they complement services already being provided by placing additional resources in the schools. School nurses and counselors are vitally important to comprehensive health care for students.
Will the SBHC take patients away from local providers?
No. The SBHC will collaborate with and make referrals to community medical providers. SBHCs are another entry point for children who may not otherwise be able or willing to seek help outside the school.
Will the healthcare providers at the SBHC be qualified?
Yes. All providers at the SBHC will be qualified, and the services they provide will be limited to their scope of practice.