Washington County currently operates two SBHC’s at South Hagerstown High School and Western Heights Middle School. Meritus Health assumed administration of the Washington County SBHC’s in 2013 in conjunction with the Washington County Public School System and the Washington County Government. Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, there has been a 40% increase in enrollment in the program with a current total of 253 students. In the 2013-2014 school year there were a total of 647 SBHC visits. This school year, the SBHC’s have already recorded 307 health visits.
In addition to medical care and preventative education, students have access to mental health services through Brook Lane, dental care through the Walnut Street Community Health Centers Mobile Dentistry program, and nutritional services through the Meritus Community Outreach Program. The Washington County SBHC’s are currently staffed by one nurse practitioner and one licensed practical nurse 4 days a week, 2 behavioral health counselors 2 days a week each, a nutritionist by appointment. The mobile dentistry program sees students on a rotating schedule. The SBHC is available to all students enrolled in each school and services remain free of charge to all. Students are seen for chronic health management as well as acute illnesses, injuries and preventative health services.Share this blog post: