School-Based Clinics

Improving Access to Preventive Healthcare for Children

In collaboration with the Springfield School District, we are offering school-based health center services in each of the Springfield Schools. These school-based health centers are independently operated by SMCS to help increase access and reduce barriers to care for medical, behavioral health and dental care.

Why a school-based clinic? Many families have two working parents, and taking time off from work for routine medical and dental visits is sometimes difficult. Many of us have just one vehicle or limited transportation. Finally, children are very comfortable in their school environment–making these visits a positive experience.

A team of pediatricians, physicians, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, dental hygienists and other licensed professionals will provide care to students on site at the schools.

Services will include:
•   Preventative care
•   Adolescent health and wellness
•   ADHD screening and follow up care
•   Asthma screening and follow up care
•   Acute sick visits
•   Sports physicals
•   Medication checks

Services are available to all students, on a voluntary basis, whether or not they have insurance or a medical home as an SMCS patient. Although a student can get many healthcare needs met at a school-based health center, this service is not meant to replace the child’s primary care provider. If your child has a doctor outside of the school, the health center will work with your doctor to offer care as needed. If your child does not have a primary care provider or medical home, please contact our Health Access Coordinator at 802-885-7604 for assistance in establishing a medical home.

PEDIATRIC CARE will be available from 9 am to 12 noon. For more information regarding pediatric visits, please call 802-886-8990.
Springfield High School
Elm Hill School
Riverside Middle School
Union Street School

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS will be available Monday – Friday, during regular school hours. For more information about this service, please contact:

Springfield High School
Deborah O’Brien

Riverside Middle School
Deborah O’Brien

Union Street School
Merryl Pauly, MSW, LICSW

Elm Hill School
Merryl Pauly, MSW, LICSW

DENTAL HYGIENIST SERVICES are scheduled visits and, in addition to Springfield, are available at many schools throughout our region. Our dental hygienist can offer dental cleanings, screenings, sealants, fluoride treatment and home care dental education. Our goal is that no child suffers with tooth decay or other dental issues. Our hygienist can make referrals to area dentists and help families find their child a permanent dental home within the community.  Documentation to sign up for the dental service is available through the schools (or download below) and must be completed prior to on-site visits.  It’s easy to sign up for this program. Just fill out the form below and return it to your child’s school or medical office.

Documentation required for Springfield Schools
Documentation required for other grant funded schools

If you have further questions or would like more information about this service, please contact:  Barbara Hodgkins, RDH, 802-875-2878 .

Caregiver Consent  Our school-based healthcare team will work closely with caregivers to involve them in the services their children receive. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 may receive services from the school-based health center only with written parent/guardian consent. You will have the option to sign a permission form at the beginning of each school year providing authorization for your child to receive treatment at the school-based health center. Caregivers are also invited to participate in their child’s medical and dental appointments in person, via phone, email or computer. Between appointments, follow up with parents and/or guardians may include written letters, phone calls, notes on a secure website, and home visits if needed.

School-Based Clinic General Release

Information About Costs   SMCS accepts most forms of health insurance, including Vermont Medicaid, and offers care on a sliding scale based on family income. Depending on your personal situation, care may be free. Prior to receiving medical, behavioral health or dental services, costs will be explained and we will obtain your prior consent to provide care.

Financial Assistance   SMCS offers financial assistance based on family income to help reduce medical expenses. Applications can be obtained at each health center office or by calling 802-886-8959, ext. 1506 or Valley Health Connections at 802-885-1616. A personal, confidential appointment can be scheduled for a free consultation.