School-based health centers enhance access to mental health services for adolescents, particularly African-American and Hispanic males

March 28, 2013

In addition to standard primary care services, Connecticut’s 78 school-based health centers offer a broad array of confidential mental health services to elementary, middle, and high school students, including one-on-one, family, and group counseling. Easy-to-access services are co-located with traditional primary and acute medical services so as to reduce the stigma associated with accessing them. All mental health care adheres to State-developed standards related to staffing and the types of services offered. The school-based centers have enhanced access to mental health services and generated high levels of satisfaction for students (particularly African-American and Hispanic males), and have led to less missed class time.

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