Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I enroll my child in the SBHC?
Parents should complete the enrollment form and return it to the Health Center. The enrollment form is on our website.
- Does it cost anything to enroll?
No, enrollment is free.
- Once enrolled in the SBHC -- what is next?
Once you are enrolled, your child has access all services including the nurse practitioner, licensed social workers, and the dental hygienist. Yearly enrollment is required. Contact the SBHC if you have any questions.
- What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered urse who has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and injuries. NPs are also prepared to provide preventive health care services such as check-ups, immunizations, and health education. The NP can write prescriptions; order lab, x-rays, and other tests; and refer to other health care professionals such as specialty physicians and physical therapists. NPs work in consultation with the Medical Director and School Physician.
- What kinds of services would my child have access to at the SBHC?
Acute illness, chronic illness, preventive care, sport screens ($25.00), mental health, dental health, over-the-counter medications, and Health Risk Assessment are all part of our services.
- I already have my own Primary Care Provider (PCP): can I still enroll my child into the SBHC?
Yes, your child can still enroll in our SBHC. We are in close contact with your child's PCP to provide continuity of care.
- Is the SBHC open to all students?
Yes, the SBHC is for all students regardless of family income or insurance status.
- Will my insurance carrier be billed for the visit?
Yes, Community Clinical Services' billing office will bill your insurance carrier. There are no out-of-pocket expense to you except for sport screens. If you do not qualify for MaineCare, you may qualify for the Federally Qualified Sliding Scale fee schedule. Please call us for more information.
- What is the Health Risk Assessment (HRA)? Who pays for it?
An HRA is a tool we are required to administer to all enrolled students by our state-funding source. Once enrolled, your child will be given this HRA. The tool asks various questions about your child's safety and risks. The NP reviews the risk assessment with your child. Your insurance will be charged for the HRA, and there is no out of pocket expense to you. A copy of the HRA is on our website.
- Is there a co-pay?
No, we do not charge co-pay.
- Will I need to get a referral before my child sees the NP in the Health Center?
In most cases we do not need a referral.