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01 – Introduction & Overview to School-Based Health

June 11, 2024

Health Care Integrated Services (HCIS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.u00a0 HCIS delivers healthcare services to youth, 21 years of age and under, directly on the school campuses.u00a0 The school services sites are open on a rotating basis, during the school year Monday-Thursday 7 am-3 pm.u00a0 The clinic school-based services provide routine screenings, well-child exams with immunizations, school and sports physicals, preventative care, trauma, mental and behavioral health screenings, and referrals k-12.

HCIS - First U.S. School-Based Health Clinic To Offer Both Trauma, Behavioral Interventions, and Follow-up Care, as well as on-campus US DOL Apprenticeship Programs and Certifications.

A student cannot be expected to succeed in the classroom when he/she is experiencing the effects of childhood trauma.u00a0 Trauma is often externalized in a school setting where children K-12 spend most of their waking hours. It can be manifested by delinquent and aggressive behaviors, bullying, clinical depression, risky sexual behaviors, suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and alcohol addiction.u00a0 Often these dysfunctional behaviors overlap with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes, or are exacerbated by poor nutrition, childhood obesity, or exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead paint poisoning in the home.

HCIS delivers comprehensive on-campus healthcare services, including mental, behavioral, and physical health assessments, interventions, referrals, and follow-up care, all in collaboration with local and regional partners.u00a0 What makes HCIS especially innovative is that our model is currently the first in the US to offer healthcare-related career pathway courses and certifications, including two US DOL-approved apprenticeship programs-one for Medical Assistant and a second for Licensed Vocational (Practical) Nurse u2013 to high school students as young as 16 years.u00a0 Both apprenticeships utilize the on-campus clinic to complete their required clinical rotations.

HCIS A Proven Innovative Approach.

HCIS works with school district and school administration officials, as well as students and their families, and uses techniques and behavioral health interventions, including its very own proprietary Quarter Back Suspension Program, designed to reintegrate students back into the classroom, rather than have students be suspended.

The HCIS model can provide a continuity of care that allows for baseline assessment and early intervention with follow-up care in a trusted and confidential healthcare environment.u00a0 HCIS is able to work directly with on-campus staff, administration, and parents to assist in recognizing behaviors and/or underlying medical conditions and to avoid improper diagnosis that can lead to avoidable suspension or expulsion.u00a0 To this end, HCIS has developed a working relationship with the on-campus police to provide assistance with transport to in-patient hospitalization for psychiatric holds.u00a0 This avoids the most common 6 to 12 hour delayed response from the psychiatric emergency response team due to its busy daily crisis schedule. u00a0 Lastly, by the HCIS clinic being housed within the surroundings of academic instruction, students can access confidential services through minor consent privately. This gives a student the freedom to participate as a walk-in versus requiring students to obtain permission to leave the campus in order to access services offsite. Furthermore, a student may be less likely to ask for permission to visit offsite clinics including their private HMOs in fear of disclosing the confidential reason for the visit.