The goal of this program is to promote overall health of children so that they are able to fully benefit from their education. School-based health centers provide primary and preventative medical services to students enrolled in the program.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for school-based health services provided to children enrolled in the program. However, it is important that you provide us with your child's insurance information at the time of enrollment so that we can bill appropriately for the services that are provided by the program. Services that are provided outside of the school-based health center will be billed by the provider of those services.
If you or your child do not have health insurance, please let us know and we can refer you to a facilitated enroller who will work with you to see if you qualify for low cost or no cost health insurance.
We offer a full range of mental health services as part of the school-based health program including prevention and intervention efforts offered to students in the school setting. Our interdisciplinary team works as health and mental health partners to assess students and provide crisis intervention, individual, group and family therapy. Both parents and teachers are able to refer students for counseling and treatment services provided by qualified school-based health center staff.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services School-Based Health Centers offer the following services:
- Comprehensive physical exams, including those for school sports and working papers
- Health education counseling and nutritional education
- Age appropriate Immunizations
- Lab tests and screenings when necessary, to detect illness or infection (i.e., strep throat)
- Social work/mental health counseling and referral
- Referrals to outside agencies for services not provided at the school-based health center
Frequently Asked Questions.
How do I enroll my child in the school-based health center program?
Children enrolled at any of the three elementary schools listed above are eligible to enroll in the program. Enrollment forms can be picked up in the Health Office at each of the schools.
Is there a cost for my child to utilize the services offered at school-based health center?
There is no cost to parents or insurance co-pays for students receiving care at any of the school-based health centers. However, if the student has insurance, that information must be furnished at enrollment to ensure that the insurance company is billed and not parent/guardian for services. If the child does not have insurance, we can connect you with one our facilitated health insurance enrollers who will see if your child qualifies for no-cost or low cost health insurance. Also, services provided outside of the school-based health center such as lab work, x-rays, etc. may incur a fee that will be directly billed by the provider.
Does my child need to be an established patient at Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services to access care at any of the school-based health centers?
Students do not have to be a patient of Whitney Young to access care at a school-based health center. If the student has an established primary care provider, SBHP staff will share information with the provider. If the student does not have a primary care provider, Whitney Young can become his/her primary care provider.
What are the benefits of a school based health center?
Whitney Young's School-Based Health Centers decrease the amount of time spent out of the classroom due to health related issues through convenient on-site access to primary and preventative care. A reduction in time spent out of the classroom will allow students to further benefit from their learning inside the classroom.
What happens if my child is ill and the school is closed?
School-based health centers operate on the Albany City School District's schedule. Services will not be provided during school vacations or days off. If the school is closed and your child needs emergency treatment, call 911. If not a medical emergency, call your health care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant) or Whitney Young's main number at (518) 465-4771.
Will school based health center staff replace school nurses?
The school nurse will continue to provide all students with the same services they had in the past regardless of their enrollment in the school-based health program.