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School Based Health Centers

General Information

A School Based Health Center ( SBHC) is a fully licensed primary care facility, providing a range of physical and mental health services. Branford school system is fortunate to have two SBHC's that are integrated into Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School. The SBHC's are very unique programs that provide confidential, comprehensive health care to students right on school grounds

Both SBHC's are satellite clinics of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and are fully licensed outpatient health facilities. They are staffed with YNHH pediatric and adolescent health specialists, including nurse practitioners, social workers and a consulting physician. The SBHC staff works closely with the school nurses and key school support staff in identifying and treating student health issues.

Services emphasize prevention, as well as the early detection and treatment of physical and mental health concerns. The SBHC's unique combination of medical care and counseling along with health education reinforces healthy lifestyles. SBHC staff often present to classes about health topics and offer support groups dealing with topics like asthma, weight management, and stress reduction.

What Are Some of the Services provided at the SBHC?

· Treatment of acute injuries and illnesses

· Physical examinations, sports and work physicals

· Immunizations and some laboratory testing

· Prescribing and dispensing medications

· Management of chronic health conditions

· Individual, Family and Group Counseling

· Crisis Intervention

· Health Education

· Referral and follow-up for specialty care

· Nutrition Counseling

· Injury Assessment

Who can use the Services at the SBHC?

All students enrolled in Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School are encouraged to use the SBHC. Parents or guardians must complete a permission form in order to enroll their adolescent.

Once a parent or legal guardian signs a permission form that child or adolescent is enrolled in the center and can receive medical or mental health services free of charge.

The center is not intended to replace the family's primary care provider. Health care received at the SBHC is an additional service that works in collaboration with doctors and mental health providers in the community. All families benefit from the presence of a SBHC in their school.

Are there any fees for using the SBHC's Services?

The SBHC is funded by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health and is the result of a partnership between the Branford Board Of Education and Yale New Haven Hospital. The SBHC provides mental health and medical care at no cost to families in a convenient, confidential setting. There are no charges to the students for care received at the health center. However, insurance companies will be billed for services. In order to keep our records current, please click on the link below, print out Student Insurance Information form, complete with all your up to date information and return to the SBHC.

Forms & Documents

Insurance Information

 Permission Forms

Health Privacy

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What makes the program so special?

Medical and mental health services received at the center focus on early detection, treatment, health assessment and health promotion. The SBHC offers services on site that are routinely not offered in school settings. The SBHC is a safe place for students to learn about managing their health. Staff are educational and community resources, able to provide programs on wellness, disease prevention and adolescent health issues such as peer pressure, and effective communication. Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School share a common goal through the SBHC, healthy children make better learners.

How To Reach Us:


Branford High School SBHC

Voice: 203.315.6727
Fax: 203.315.6728

Rhona Weiss, Program Coordinator
John Leventhal, Medical Director
Susan Sacchetti, Social Worker
Carrie Federici, Nurse Practitioner
Mary Mellilo, Office Secretary

Mary T Murphy School SBHC

Phone/fax: 203-488-4151

Rhona Weiss, Program Coordinator


Walsh Intermediate School SBHC

Voice: 203.315.3533
Fax: 203.315.3535
Rhona Weiss, Program Coordinator
John Leventhal, Medical Director
Phyllis Boretsky, Social Worker
Ann Drabinsky, Nurse Practitioner



Mrs. Laurie Rettig
Email Mrs. Laurie Rettig

1111 Main Street | Branford CT 06405 | 203.488.7276

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