Student Health Services
MHS provides medical, dental, psychological, behavioral, and social work services for students while on campus. A licensed social worker serves as the coordinator of Student Health Services for all students within each division and connects students with the variety of health services available to them.
The Medical staff of pediatricians, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, registered dietitians, a pre-enrollment coordinator, staff assistants, a medical claims analyst, and a health systems manager provides medical care for students, including health screenings, physicals/sports assessments, immunizations, health education, and administration of medications. The Medical program offers services 24 hours a day at the Health Center, and during each weekday at the Copenhaver Medical Clinic as well as in each school building.
The dental staff consisting of dentists, an orthodontist, dental hygienists, dental and orthodontic assistants, and an administrative secretary offer a dental home to MHS students, providing education about the importance of proper daily oral hygiene and nutrition, emphasizing cavity prevention, and eliminating oral disease and tooth decay to improve the overall oral health of students.
Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists work closely with the medical team to support students that may benefit from nutrition services. The Nutritionists provide nutrition assessments, recommendations, and counseling to select students. They also provide food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle education to students, staff and sponsors. The Nutritionists partner with Food Services to promote an eating environment that provides a variety of nutrients.
Credentialed professionals, including psychologists, psychotherapists, behavioral specialists, and mental health workers help students gain a realistic understanding and appreciation of their many intellectual, social, emotional, and physical strengths in order to achieve happiness and success. A comprehensive array of services including individual and group therapy, evaluation, counseling, medication management, and crisis intervention. Psychological/Counseling Services are available to all students who may need help in adjusting to school life or in coping with personal problems. Students who desire to speak with a counselor are encouraged to sign up for counseling at their school building. On occasion, parents/sponsors may wish to have a counselor speak with their child. Parents/sponsors are encouraged to make contact with the Psychological Services staff.
Behavioral Services staff provide support and direct skill-building opportunities to promote positive student behavior. Skills Centers provide a temporary placement and learning opportunity for disruptive or distraught students while preserving the learning environment of the classroom. After-school programs are designed to develop academic, social, and self-management skills.
Mental Health workers provide one-to-one skill development and support for student behavior in school, at student homes, and at the Health Center. The Crisis Intervention Team also provides behavioral support to struggling students. Therapeutic camps are offered during the summer to help students build social and emotional skills. Additionally, consultations and training are available for houseparents, teachers and other adults who work closely with students.
Social Work Services
The Social Work program provides a variety of services to students, including transition services to help students locate medical, counseling, and specialized educational programs and psychosocial assessments. Licensed social workers assist students who are receiving public service programs, such as cash assistance, medical assistance, and Social Security benefits.
Social workers also serve as a link between the School and child welfare agencies, families, and courts to assure that students’ legal guardian status is honored. If a student has a disability or special need outlined in an Accommodation/ADA Plan, social workers are part of the team that ensures the student receives the necessary assistance.
Confidentiality is an important part of the Student Health Services program. Information is shared only after considering the student’s need for privacy, others’ “need to know,” and applicable law. As a student becomes older, the student takes greater responsibility in deciding what information is shared and what information is not shared. The parent/sponsor is kept informed regarding a student’s serious health concerns through the Student Health Services. Often a member of the professional staff will contact the family regarding student health concerns, and students are encouraged to communicate with their families.
At times, sensitive issues arise which a student may feel unable to discuss with his/her family. These might include issues of sexuality, birth control, pregnancy, and/or sexually-transmitted diseases. In such situations, and in order to provide timely information and treatment, the student’s request for confidentiality will be respected. The student will be encouraged to understand the parent’s/sponsor’s concern for him/her, and support will be offered to aid the student in developing the ability to discuss sensitive issues with the parent/sponsor. It is also important that parents/sponsors develop and maintain open communications about these issues with their children. Parents/sponsors who feel that they are unable to discuss sensitive issues with their children are encouraged to contact Student Health Services.
If you have more questions about the Health services provided at MHS, please contact (800) 322-3248.