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School Based Health Centers

What is a School Based Health Center (SBHC)?

The SBHC is a full service health center operated by Northern Owego County Health Services, Inc. (NOCHSI)  and partially funded by the State of New York.

The SBHC will provide prompt, quality and convenient primary health care to enrolled students, staffed by a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant. A physician will always be available for consultation if illness or injury warrants.

Primary Care is available to students who enroll in the SBHC program. The provider will provide treatment of illnesses. If a prescription is necessary, the provider will send it to the pharmacy of your choice.  Providers will also treatment minor injuries, monitor and treat chronic illnesses such as asthma, hay fever and give immunizations. They also will give comprehensive physical examinations in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

The SBHC’s also offers behavioral health services to students and their families. These services include:

Individual counseling
Group counseling
Psychoeducational and behavioral case reviews
Substance abuse counseling
Family counseling

What is the cost to me?

There is no cost to you for the visits at the SBHC. We bill most insurances and we accept as payment what these companies have paid. You are not responsible for co-pays, deductibles, or balances of visits; there is no expense to you. You may receive an explanation of benefits (EOB) from your insurance but you will not receive a bill from the SBHC.

What costs am I responsible for?

Services provided at the SBHC are at no cost to you, however you will be charged for:
Prescriptions
Lab work
X-rays
Specialty appointments

How do I sign my child/children up?
All school-aged children are eligible to participate. You will need to complete an enrollment form for each child. You may get these enrollment forms at the link provided above in this web site, school nurse’s office or at the SBHC located in your school.If you need assistance we would be happy to help you.

What happens if my child is home sick and school is open?
You may walk in or call to schedule an appointment at the SBHC.

What happens if my child is sick and school is closed?
The SBHC is open when school is open. When school is closed the SBHC is closed. The primary care sites in the NOCHSI Network serve as the back-up facilities. However, if a student is seen at one of the primary sites in the NOCHSI Network standard charges will apply.

How does my child receive services?
Call and schedule an appointment, or send a note requesting an appointment with a number where you can be reached. If your child becomes sick or injured at school they can go to the nurses office, the nurse can evaluate the sickness or injury. If she suggests further attention, you will be notified and an appointment scheduled.