Healthy Kids Make Better Learners

Connecticut Association of 
School Based Health Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a SBHC different from the school nurse's office?

A SBHC is a fully-licensed primary care facility, providing a range of physical and mental health services, and in some sites, dental services.  SBHCs and school nurses work closely together, with school nurses able to refer students to the SBHC to resolve student health problems.

Are parents' rights and responsibilities respected by SBHCs?

Parents must sign a Parent Permission Form for students to receive services from SBHCs.  It is the mission of SBHCs to work in partnership with parents, respecting the age, cultural values and family situation of every student. 

How is a youngster's privacy protected by SBHCs?

Like health care provided in a private physician's office or hospital clinic, all services provided by SBHCs are strictly confidential.  SBHCs abide by nationally-accepted health care standards, breaching confidentiality only in life or death situations, or legal mandate.

Are SBHCs only for inner city schools?

By design, SBHCs are aimed at, but not limited to, students who do not have access to a medical home or whose families have little or no health insurance. However, as more and more parents work outside the home, even children who can afford health care often do not receive care in a timely manner.  Consequently, children from all socioeconomic groups, in all types of communities, benefit from the presence of a SBHC in their school.

Are SBHC staff members qualified to provide primary health care to students?

Under the policy governing Connecticut SBHCs, they are staffed by teams of professionals specializing in child/adolescent health, including licensed nurse practitioners or physician's assistants, clinical social workers, medical assistants, and licensed oral health professionals, operating under the guidance of a medical director.

How do educators react to SBHCs?

Throughout Connecticut, school administrators and faculty have come to recognize the unique role of SBHCs in ensuring that students come to school "ready to learn".  Often overburdened by societal pressures, today's educators welcome the presence of a team of health professionals, dedicated to effective prevention and treatment of student's physical and emotional problems.