The SCHAC has brought together the SBHC clinicians with Lincoln Medical leadership to identify gaps in services, share best practices, problem solve, develop centralized communications, and review school-related health policies and emergency plans. The SCHAC has advocated for a social worker in each SBHC to support kids with behavioral and emotional health needs. These changes have resulted in a robust, accessible healthcare community for the area’s youth that connects families with programs like MaineCare and Care Partners to support better overall healthcare access. In the last year, the clinics saw more than 2,000 visits, including a high percentage of behavioral health visits.
LincolnHealth, which services rural communities in mid-coast Maine, supports School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in three local schools: Medomak Valley High School, Boothbay Regional High School and Lincoln Academy. SBHCs are a safe and patient centered care option that ensures kids are getting the health care they need in a place that’s easily accessible. Until recently, the SBHCs operated independently. Led by Dr. Russ and other LincolnHealth and community health leaders, the SCHAC aims to improve the overall physical and emotional health of students and staff of local, public and private schools, and organizations serving youth in the community.
The SCHAC is now seeking new opportunities and funding to create more health centers and continue serving the health care needs of Maine’s rural youth. There are plans for a new SBHC in Morse High School in Sagadahoc. Additionally, the SCHAC hopes to expand dental care to all clinics, so students can access on-site dental hygiene cleanings and evaluations.
Parents in the LincolnHealth area can register their child for school-based care or make appointment online.