The Military Adolescent School-Based Health Initiative (MASBHI) is a joint effort of the Belton Independent School District (BISD), Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC), and the Division of Adolescent Medicine – Department of Pediatrics at CRDAMC designed to promote the physical, behavioral, and emotional well-being of military dependent adolescent students on their school campuses. The program is a response to recent national mandates, including the Army Family Covenant and the DOD Mental Health Task Force, calling for greater military and community collaboration on behalf of improving the quality of life for our nation’s warriors and their families.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER?
It is a comprehensive, primary care center located in a school. The staff includes pediatricians specializing in adolescent medicine, nurses, and administrative staff.
WHAT DO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS DO?
School-Based Health Centers provide comprehensive physical, emotional and behavioral health care services such as diagnosis of acute minor illnesses and injuries, management of chronic illnesses such as asthma, immunization updates; screening for emotional and behavioral concerns, parent guidance, classroom consultation on wellness issues, and referrals to community providers as needed. Other complicated concerns may be referred for appropriate services at CRDAMC, or in emergency situations, to the Emergency Department co-located at CRDAMC.
HOW CAN A STUDENT USE THE HEALTH CENTER?
A student must have a consent form signed by his/her parent or guardian in order to receive health center services. If the student is 18 years old or older or emancipated, he/she can sign his/her own consent form. The consent form is valid for the 2016-2017 school year and will be maintained at the school clinic for availability by the medical provider to ensure student eligibility for medical services. For complex medical decision making, parents will be notified by telephone during the clinical encounter in an attempt to provide feedback regarding their child’s current condition when appropriate. Also, parents have the option to be present during the clinical appointment at the schools. Appointments can be made by calling the adolescent health clinic at (254) 553-3523 or (254) 553-3765. The MASBHI team will provide health services at Belton High School on Thursdays from 0800-1130. Parents or guardians may withdraw consent at any time in writing.