Skip To ContentSkip To Content
    Neighborcare Health Clinic at RES
    Posted on 09/03/2019
    neighborcare logo

    Parents can register their students online.  Go to this link  and enter your name and email address.  Completed forms will directly route to Neighborcare's Health Center Coordinator.  

     

    FAQs about Neighborcare Health at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School - posted in September 2019

    Background
    Neighborcare Health will open a new school-based health center (SBHC) at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, thanks to funding through the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy approved by voters in 2018. Neighborcare Health has 12 school-based health centers in elementary, middle, and high schools in Seattle Public Schools, and one on Vashon Island. We are honored to be chosen to expand our services into two additional schools starting in the 2019-2020 school year to provide quality health care for students to help them succeed in school and beyond.

    If a student, parent, community member, community provider has additional questions about the school-based health center, they can email these Neighborcare Health staff members:
    Nicholas Canavas, School-based Health Program Manager: NicholasC@neighborcare.org
    Janet Cady, School-based Health Program Medical Director: janetc@neighborcare.org

    GENERAL SBHC OPERATIONS:
    When will the SBHC open for services?
    School year 2019-2020
    Who will provide the health care?
    Neighborcare Health will staff the health center with a medical provider (nurse practitioner or physician assistant), a mental health therapist, a health educator, and health center coordinator.

    What is the cost to students?
    There is no cost to students.

    Where will the school-based health center be located?
    It will be located on the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School campus. Entrance to the SBHC just to the left of the main office.  

    What services will be offered? And will these be offered at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year?

    We will offer comprehensive health care services, including medical, mental health and health education at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

    Medical — Medical services will be offered during the school year by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Students will be able to get the same comprehensive medical services they would receive at a traditional primary medical care clinic at the school-based health center. For example, well-child checks, sports physicals, vaccinations, ADHD evaluation and treatment, health education, chronic condition management, such as asthma, and age-appropriate
    reproductive health care. Same-day illness or injury services, such as visits for a sore throat,
    cough or an ankle sprain will also be available.

    Mental Health — Mental health counseling services will be offered during the school year by a
    licensed mental health therapist. Therapists can provide one-on-one or group counseling for a
    wide range of issues that teens face such as developing coping skills, managing anxiety,
    depression, grief support, family support, addressing relationship challenges, and more.
    Health Education – Health education includes a variety of topics about living a healthy lifestyle
    and understanding personal health to help students succeed in school and life.

    Who can use the school-based health center?
    Any student enrolled in Seattle Public Schools can use the school-based health center. Students must
    register and have a signed consent form to receive services. Adult family members and children not of
    school age cannot come to the school-based health center, but are welcome at Neighborcare Health’s
    neighborhood clinics around Seattle. Visit www.neighborcare.org for clinic locations.  

    How do students register for care?
    To register for care at the school-based health center, parents/guardians or students 18 years or older
    must complete the SBHC Registration Packet. Registration packets are sent home for all students at the
    beginning of every school year. Students and parents may also pick up a copy of the registration packet
    from the Health Center. Each registration packet includes the following, but only the registration and
    consent forms are required to be completed and returned to staff prior to a student being seen at the
    SBHC.
    1. Health History Form
    2. Registration Form
    3. Consent Form
    4. Release of Education Records Form (FERPA)
    5. Notice of Privacy Practices
    Registration for services may be completed at any point during the school year. SBHC staff will update
    registration information annually as available to ensure the most up-to-date contact information,
    insurance information, and signed consent is on record.
    What happens after parent/guardian/student submits the school-based health center registration
    paperwork?  Forms can also be located here on the Neighborecare website.

    If you have submitted all the forms required from the registration packet, the Neighborcare Health
    school-based health clinic coordinator will contact you to set up an initial health screening appointment
    for your child with the medical provider.
    At this appointment, the provider will introduce themselves and the services provided at the schoolbased
    health clinic and will review your child’s completed health history form that you submitted in the
    registration packet. They will also do a preventive health screening, e.g. check your child’s height, weight
    and vital signs. Students will also receive a risk assessment that they can complete before their
    appointment. If a parent/guardian cannot be present for the appointment, then the provider will send
    your child home with a patient plan that summarizes the visit and any recommended follow-up care.

    PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT FOR SERVICES:
    Can my child receive medical treatment without my consent?
    No. Medical care will not be provided without parental consent, unless it is an emergency and your child
    needs immediate assistance. Completing the written consent on the registration packet allows your
    child to receive care. If prescription medication is recommended, a prescription will be provided which
    you can review and decide if the recommended treatment is right for your child. Providers are always
    happy to discuss treatment recommendations with parents.

    Will you offer services to students under 18 years old without their parents knowing?
    Neighborcare’s school-based health center teams involve parents as much as possible. We coach
    students about how to talk to their parents and encourage them to do so. When engaging parents is not
    an option for the youth, we follow Washington State Minor Consent laws, which outline what services
    minors can get confidentially without parent/guardian consent, and at what age.
    In Washington state, birth control services and pregnancy testing can be received confidentially at any
    age. This means that youth don't need written permission from their parent or guardian to get services
    like birth control or pregnancy tests. For STD testing and treatment, teens who are 14 and older may
    access services without getting permission from a parent or guardian. For mental health and substance
    abuse treatment, teens who are 13 and older may access services without getting permission from a
    parent or guardian.
    To learn more about Washington State’s Minor Consent laws, please go to the following
    website: https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/files/C9D2EA3F-0350-D9AF-ACAEBF37E9BC9FFA/

    If a student is a patient at another Neighborcare Health neighborhood clinic or another school-based
    health center, do they have to re-register at the Lincoln High School health center?
    The only requirement for existing Neighborcare Health patients is a signed school-based health consent
    form, which the parent and/or student signs to give the school-based health center team consent for
    receiving services at the school. Services are often provided without an accompanying parent or
    guardian during the time of service (e.g. during school). If a student is served at both the school-based
    health center and another Neighborcare Health clinic, their health records will be accessible by both
    care teams.
    Can parents/guardians attend these appointments?
    Yes, parents are always welcome to attend your child’s health care appointments and we encourage
    parents to be there. If you are unable to join your child at their appointment, Neighborcare Health
    providers can see them without your presence with your signed consent. We will send your child home
    with a patient plan that summarizes their visit if you are unable to be present at their appointment. This
    is one of the many benefits of a school-based health clinic, you do not need to be present and your child
    can be seen during school hours and receive care at their school. This appointment flexibility means
    your child misses little class time and you don’t have to take your child out of school and miss work for
    appointments.
    Will you administer immunizations/vaccinations without my consent?
    No. The school-based health clinic will review your child’s immunization history in Washington State’s
    Immunization Information System and send home a list of immunizations/vaccinations that are due
    based on state and federal recommendations. The school-based health clinic requires your consent
    before administering any vaccine. We will ask you to review the list of past due immunizations and fill
    out a separate immunization consent form for the vaccines you would like administered.
    INTERACTION WITH SCHOOL STAFF AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS:
    What does this mean for the school nurse? How are the roles different?
    The school nurse, who is an employee of the school district, will be co-located with school-based health
    center as part of the care team. The school nurse is responsible for the overall health of the students at
    school.
    Neighborcare Health’s school-based health center team will partner very closely with the school nurse.
    The school nurse will be the first point of contact when students come to the school-based health center
    for a health concern or question. The school nurse and the school-based health center staff can share
    information with one another in order to provide coordinated care to students.
    How do school staff and teachers work with the school-based health center?
    Our health center teams partner with teachers and staff to provide safe, appropriate, culturally-sensitive
    health care to youth where they already spend much of their time—at school. Neighborcare believes the
    benefit of a SBHC comes from the ability to keep students healthy and engaged, and to limit their time
    spent out of class by providing readily available access to health care services. School staff are
    encouraged to refer students to the health center and to work with SBHC staff to ensure the clinic is
    fulfilling its mission to keep students healthy and engaged in their schoolwork.
    How will the school clinic coordinate with other Neighborcare Health clinics?
    The most common interaction is simply the sharing of patients. The neighborhood clinic (such as
    Neighborcare Health at 45th Street) can refer students to the school-based health center so that
    students are not missing too much class time in order to receive their health care. If there is something
    that the care team can’t do at the school-based health center, we can refer students to the
    neighborhood clinic. If adult or non-school-aged family members want to receive health care with
    Neighborcare Health and they are identified at school first, our care team will refer them to a
    neighborhood clinic.
    How will the school-based health center coordinate with other health care providers?
    We will coordinate with other service providers in order to provide the highest quality coordinated care
    possible. We work with primary care providers, specialty care providers, mental health providers, etc.
    Our goal is to treat the whole child and provide the best care for each student. We believe that healthy
    students learn better and we want to ensure that students miss as little school as possible for their
    health care appointments.
    What if a student already has a primary care provider? Does the school-based health clinic provider
    take the place of my primary care provider?
    No, the school-based health center does not take the place of your primary care provider. The schoolbased
    health center can coordinate care with your child’s primary care provider to provide services in
    the school. This means your child can miss less class time for their appointments.
    SUSTAINABILITY & FUNDING:
    What do the funds from the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy cover?
    Funding supports school-based health center operations. Neighborcare Health also bills insurance for
    services, if students have insurance. Additional funding to support Neighborcare Health’s school-based
    health centers comes from other grants and donations.
    Is there any cost to the schools/school district?
    There is no cost to the school for school-based health center operations, with the exception of utilities
    used by the clinic during the school year.