What is a school-based health center?

The UCFS school-based health center (SBHC) at Norwich Free Academy is a doctor’s office inside of your child’s school. The services are provided by an APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) and behavioral health clinician who are experts in adolescent health and are employed by UCFS. The intention of the UCFS SBHC is to supplement the care your child receives at their pediatrician’s office. The UCFS SBHC staff communicates with your child’s primary care physician to keep them updated about the care your child receives at the UCFS SBHC.

The goals of a SBHC are to:

  • Help students stay in school to receive needed care rather than have to leave campus.
  • Improve students’ academic achievement by taking care of medical, dental and behavioral health needs that can make learning difficult.
  • Remove barriers to care such as lack of transportation or insurance and to support school staff through wellness and educational events.

What services are provided?

UCFS SBHC services include: yearly well-child examinations, vaccinations, sports physicals, acute care visits (e.g. sick visits, lacerations, injuries, etc.) and chronic care visits (e.g. asthma, ADHD, etc.). We encourage early intervention and prevention through prompt medical treatment and education. The behavioral health clinician provides mental health assessments, substance abuse screenings and counseling. The APRN and behavioral health clinician work closely with the school nurse to ensure effective communication. The dental hygienist will be on site several days each year to provide oral health screening, x-rays, fluoride treatment and cleanings.

Who can be seen?

Any student with a signed consent form who attends Norwich Free Academy or the Sachem Campus may be seen at the UCFS SBHC.

Does my child be need a signed consent form?

When a student arrives at the SBHC for either an acute or chronic visit, we verify that the child has a signed consent form. If they do not have a signed consent form, we attempt to contact the child’s parent/guardian for a one time verbal consent. This notifies you that your child is at the UCFS SBHC and you then have the option to allow your child to be seen with your verbal permission or for them not to be seen at that time. A verbal permission is only good for that day’s visit and may only be obtained once per school year. If your child comes into the UCFS SBHC for subsequent visits without a consent form signed by their parent/guardian they will be unable to be seen that day without a parent/guardian present.

Will services be billed to my insurance?

Yes, all services provided at the UCFS SBHC will be billed to the identified insurance. Co-pays will be billed to responsible party. If your child is uninsured, please call our Access to Care Program at 860-822-4798 for a free insurance eligibility assessment.

How do I register my child?

Registration and consent forms can be found in the NFA Medical Center, by emailing sbhc@ucfs.org, or by calling 860-425-5557. You download the SBHC registration and consent form here.