Norwich Free Academy and United Community and Family Services have partnered to open a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) on NFA’s Broadway Campus in August. The two long standing community organizations have joined forces to provide comprehensive physical and behavioral health and well care to NFA students. Proximity to UCFS’s main Norwich hub and continuation of UCFS services now provided, K-8 in the Norwich Public Schools, make for a seamless continuum of care for many young people.
An APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) and Behavioral Health Clinician who are experts in adolescent health and employed by UCFS Healthcare will offer services at the Center. SBHC services and care will supplement and coordinate with services and care provided by private pediatricians. Services are billed to insurance carriers, and assistance is available for those who are not insured.
SBHC’s physical services will include yearly well-child examinations, vaccinations, sports physicals, and acute and chronic care visits with an emphasis upon prevention through early intervention and education. Dental care will be available on site, including oral health screenings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and cleanings. Behavioral Health will offer services in mental health assessments, substance abuse screenings, and counseling.
NFA’s Director of Student Services, Lisa Wheeler says, “Having the UCFS School-Based Health Center on campus reduces barriers to health and, through collaboration and consultation with the NFA staff, offers a model of continuum of care necessary for students to fully access their educational program. Valuable class time is not lost as students can be seen during the school day and quickly return to their schedule as permitted.”
”We are very excited about expanding our partnership with NFA”, said Jennifer Granger, President and CEO of UCFS. “Our experience providing school based services at Norwich Technical High School, Montville High School and in the Norwich Public Schools for the past several years has shown how value-added in-school access to medical, dental and behavioral health services can be for active students and their busy families. We are a local health and human service agency who knows this community well and are proud to contribute further to the health and well-being of its youth through the UCFS SBHC at NFA.”