School Based Health Centers

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT operates 14 School Based Health Centers in New London, Groton, Norwich, Stonington, and Waterford.

Your school based health center (SBHC) is one of more than seventy similar facilities across Connecticut. The one at your school is a program of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, which operates 14 health centers in New London, Groton, Norwich, Stonington, and Waterford.

Students in these schools can obtain services such as physicals, minor acute illness care, health promotion and disease prevention education, as well as group, individual and/or family therapy. These centers are licensed by DPH as Outpatient Clinics and are staffed by Certified Nurse Practitioners and Masters-prepared Mental Health Clinicians.

SBHCs are familiar venues for children/adolescents as they see and pass by them frequently in their school day. The staff becomes familiar, friendly faces. Parents appreciate the convenience of having their child/adolescent receive health care at the school as it eliminates barriers such as transportation and lack of available or convenient appointments.

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The goal is to provide the health care that allows the child/adolescent to maximize their school experience.

SBHCs are licensed by the Department of Public Health. They provide confidential physical and behavioral health services to students on site. Parents must sign a permission form for students to use the center. A SBHC is not the same as the school nurse’s office; however, the school nurse and the SBHC staff work together to provide coordinated, comprehensive health services to the students.

SBHCs are staffed by teams specializing in child/adolescent health, including one or more licensed nurse practitioners and mental health clinicians who are social workers, marriage and family therapists, or professional counselors. Each center has a medical consultant with whom the Nurse Practitioner has a collaborative practice agreement. The Agency also has Medical Directors, who review the services offered.

Primary Services

SBHCs are licensed by the state of Connecticut to provide specific services such as:

  • Physical exams for school, camp, sports
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment of acute injuries and illnesses (such as colds, ear infections, sore throats, and skin problems)
  • Prescription and dispensing of medications
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Case finding and treatment for chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes
  • Crisis intervention
  • Individual, family and group counseling
  • Referral & follow-up for specialty care
  • Health education (such as classes for children with asthma)
  • Classroom presentations, often with school staff (Example, anti-bullying)
Unique Facilities

Each SBHC is a freestanding health facility, operating in a manner appropriate to the school and community where it is located. SBHCs are guided by local advisory boards, composed of local medical and mental health professionals, school officials, community leaders, parents, and students. Each SBHC follows a work plan approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

The SBHCs are supported by a grant from the Department of Public Health, the United Way of SE CT, an occasional small community grant for a specific project, and some third-party reimbursement. The child/adolescent’s insurance company is billed when appropriate for services provided (as mandated), but out-of-pocket fees are waived, except when a co-pay is mandated by the student’s private insurance plan. If the child/adolescent does not have health insurance and is eligible for state programs, the staff will assist the family in applying for it.

Common Goals

We are committed to treating each child in a confidential manner, offering services that are in their best interest, and share a developmental approach to pediatric/adolescent health, respecting the age, cultural values and family situation of every student.

It is the mission of SBHCs to help students learn about health practices that promote their health and well-being. Each center emphasizes early identification of physical and mental health concerns and the prevention of more serious problems by early treatment.

The program is open to all students whose parent/guardian has signed a registration/permission form, regardless of income or healthcare coverage.

Every effort is made to communicate any treatment provided at the health center to the student’s primary care provider (pediatrician, community health center, etc.). If a student does not have a primary care provider, otherwise known as a medical home, efforts will be made to help the family establish one.

Students are referred to the health center by the school nurse or other members of the student support team at the school (guidance counselor, social worker, etc.). Parents may always call the SBHC and request an appointment for their child/adolescent. Since services cannot be provided unless there is a signed Registration Form on file, it is recommended that parents complete the Form at the start of the school year.

Each SBHC is dedicated to working with its school and community. Staff in the centers are educational and community resources, able to provide programs on wellness, disease prevention, health promotion and general health management.

For More Information

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.

SBHC Administration Office
75 Granite Street, New London, CT 06320
P: (860) 437-4555

For medical questions after regular working hours, families should call their child’s community provider.

If it is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

For children receiving mental health services, there is an on-call clinician available for emergencies when the SBHC is closed. That phone number is provided on the School Based Health Center’s answering machine.

Our Locations

New London High School

490 Jefferson Avenue, New London, CT 06320
P: 860-437-6400 ext. 7019


Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School

36 Waller Street, New London, CT 06320
P: 860-701-3772 ext. 7231


Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School

37 Beech Drive, New London, CT 06320
P: tel:860-447-6060 ext. 7537


Jennings Elementary School

50 Mercer Street, New London, CT 06320
P: 860-447-6050 ext. 7665


Regional Multicultural Magnet School

1 Bulkeley Place, New London, CT 06320
P: 860-437-7775 ext. 7333


Winthrop Elementary School

74 Grove Street, New London, CT 06320
P: 860-447-6070 ext. 7115


Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School

500 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340
P: 860-445-2191


Claude Chester Elementary School

1 Harry Day Drive, Groton, CT 06340
P: 860-445-2133

Fitch Senior High School

101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340
P: 860-449-7253


West Side Middle School

250 Brandegee Avenue, Groton, CT 06340
P: 860-446-1775


Norwich Free Academy

305 Broadway 1955, Norwich, CT 06360
P: 860-204-0442
F: 860-204-9838


The Friendship School

24 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT 06385
P: 860-447-4049


Cutler Middle School

160 Fishtown Road, Mystic, CT 06355
P: 860-572-4448
F: 860-572-4414


Pawcatuck Middle School

40 Field Avenue, Pawcatuck CT 06379
P: 860-599-1603

The Facts

Students in these schools can obtain services such as physicals, minor acute illness care, health promotion and disease prevention education, as well as group, individual and/or family therapy.

The goal is to provide the health care that allows the child/adolescent to maximize their school experience.

Each SBHC is a freestanding health facility, operating in a manner appropriate to the school and community where it is located.

They share a developmental approach to pediatric and adolescent health, respecting the age, cultural values and family situation of every student.

The program is open to all students whose parent/guardian has signed a registration/permission form may use the SBHC, regardless of income or health care coverage.