Expanded Health Services Announced
Christina School District high schools will offer expanded health services beginning in February 2018 through the District’s partnership with Christiana Care Health Services. The School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) will now offer reproductive health services and HIV testing and counseling services. These services will ONLY apply to those students whose parents/guardians have given written permission for them to access them, and only to students in grades 9-12. For more information, please read the Parent Letter on Expanded Health Services. Please also see theFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Students. Both documents are also linked below.
Because it's located right in school, SBHC help teens overcome many obstacles to receiving good health care - obstacles such as lack of transportation, inconvenient appointment times, or worries about cost and confidentiality. Your SBHC provides comprehensive medical and mental health care, treatment and health education, to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Each SBHC is operated by a partnership that includes Christiana Care, your school district and the Delaware Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services. Christiana Care is rated the No. 1 Quality Leader in the region by the National Research Corporation for the past two years.
The SBHC's friendly staff work closely with your health care provider, parents and school nurse to create a health care resource you can rely on and trust. If you have not yet found a health care provider, the SBHC can help you locate one, using the free services of Christiana Care's referral service. Partnership in high school health centers throughout Delaware is just one part of Christiana Care's mission to improve the health of the people living in the community.
Here are some of the benefits you should know about School-Based Health Centers. The SBHC provides, free of charge:
- Physical examinations, whether they are routine, for sports or pre-employment
- Health screenings, including those for communicable infections
- Women's health care
- Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
- Reproductive health services (grades 9-12 only)
- HIV testing and counseling
- Nutrition and weight management
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Crisis intervention and suicide prevention
- Tobacco cession counseling
- Drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral
- Outreach to at-risk youth
- Health and nutrition education
- Follow-up as requested by you family health care provider
The SBHC does not provide hospitalization, x-rays or complex laboratory tests, does not distribute or prescribe birth control, and does not provide on-going treatment of complex medical or psychiatric problems.
What do you have to do to take advantage of your SBHC's services?
Enroll! If you are under 18, ask your parent or guardian to sign a consent form and complete a registration and health history form. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Wellness Center before any services will be provided.
Your high school SBHC adheres to federal regulations governing the confidentiality of care. However, SBHCs encourage you to involve your parents or guardians in your wellness plans. Parents and guardians are invited to call with questions or arrange to visit the Wellness Center.