Who We Are Weirton Elementary Health Center is a division of CHANGE, Inc.’s Family Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center. It is made possible through a partnership between Hancock County Board of Education and CHANGE, Inc. and is a stateof-the-art, school-based health center that provides primary care, dental screenings, and mental health care to students Pre-K through 4th grade. Weirton Elementary Health Center is the first school-based health center in the region, and is located within the largest elementary school in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. What is a SBHC? School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are health clinics that bring preventive and immediate care, as well as counseling, health education and sometimes dental care, to children and adolescents at school. Services provided are determined by the need of the students. In West Virginia (WV), most SBHCs are satellite clinics of community health centers. WV SBHCs follow a set of standards for care, including parental consent for enrollment and treatment. Advisory Committee The Advisory Committee is comprised of local and experienced community agency representatives, medical professionals, and educational mentors. Dr. Kelli Fournier Family Practitioner Family Medical Care CHC Frank Carey Principal Weirton Elementary Andrea Dulaney Assistant Principal Weirton Elementary Debbie DeCaria Registered Nurse Weirton Elementary School-Based Health Center Uniting Health and Education for a Successful Future! John Kirlangitis Physical Therapist Mainstream Physical Therapy Mary Ann Petrelle Counselor Hancock County Board Office 3428 Pennsylvania Avenue Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 797-5299 Hours of Operation Monday through Friday During School Hours Services Provided Medical Staff Weirton Elementary Health Center provides students of the school the following services: How can I enroll my child in the SBHC? Primary Care • • • • • • Well-Child Visits Treatment of Illness or Injury Immunizations Prescription Medications Health Education & Counseling Fitness & Nutrition Education Shanna Earley, PA-C Medical Provider Dental Health • Oral Screenings • Education & Preventative Care Mental Health • • • • • • • • • • • Anger Management Anxiety Crisis Intervention Childhood Behavior & Academic Problems Depression Family Conflict Grief Counseling Therapy Medication Management Sleep Problems Substance Abuse FAQs Cost of Care School-based health centers are funded through third-party insurance companies, Medicaid, grants, and public funds. No student will be denied services due to the inability to pay; however, our funds only cover a portion of the cost. By providing your insurance coverage information, it allows us to bill your insurance and reduce the need for public funding so we can provide our services to as many students as possible. If a family doesn’t have health insurance or doesn’t provide insurance information, they can be assessed to see if they qualify for the Discount Scale for discounted health services. At the beginning of the school year, Parental Consent forms will be sent home with your child. The consent form provides information about the student, such as health conditions, medications, allergies, contact information, insurance information and the student’s medical home. Parents should complete the consent form at that time and return it to the school. Your child then has access to receive services at the SBHC. What if the student already has a doctor? If a student already has a Primary Care Provider (PCP), then the SBHC staff will supplement the care that he or she provides. If necessary, the SBHC staff will communicate with your child’s PCP to make sure that your child receives the best care possible both in and out of school. If your child does not have a Primary Care Provider, Weirton Elementary Health Center or Family Medical Care can be their medical home. What are the benefits of a SBHC? • • • Attends to unmet health care needs by placing health care where the students and faculty are when they need it, allowing health problems to be identified and addressed early and managed more carefully. Supports students by providing a safe place to talk about sensitive issues such as depression, family problems, relationships, and substance abuse. Supports the school environment by helping children and faculty stay in school and by identifying and addressing health problems that may intervene in the learning and teaching process.
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