NORWALK, Conn. -- As the new school year begins for the Norwalk Public Schools, so does s resource that is available to students and their families: the school-based health centers.
The Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers, a program of the Human Services Council, operate in three Norwalk high schools as well as in Nathan Hale, Ponus Ridge and West Rocks Middle Schools, mental health only.
This program offers accessible, high-quality healthcare to students while school is in session. The school-based health centers provide essential health services to those who need it most, where they need it with no out-of-pocket cost. The services are available to any student enrolled in the school where a health center operates. The centers are on site, attract “hard-to-reach” populations and reduce delay in initiation of treatment for health problems.
Last school year, 7,000 medical and mental health visits were made to our School Based Health Centers with over 1.500 family/school/community contacts. Ninety-seven percent of student visits to the health center resulted in their return to class. School Based Health Centers keep students healthy and in school.
The mission of the centers is to improve the overall physical and emotional health of students in order to maximize their educational experiences and potential. “Healthy Kids Make Better Learners."
For more information, please call the Human Services Council at 203-849-1111 or stop by the school based health center in your school. Information is also available online.
Rhonda Capuano is the director of the Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers.