At its June 14, 2022, meeting, the PSD Board of Education voted to approve a five-year contract with Every Child Pediatrics, which operates the Health and Wellness centers at Lincoln Middle School and Centennial High School. As part of the new contract, PSD wants parents/guardians to be aware that:
Every Child Pediatrics has offered telehealth medical and mental health services at the Lincoln and Centennial health centers. With approval from the assistant superintendent of secondary or elementary schools and the chief equity and academic officer, they may now offer these services at other PSD schools. PSD anticipates that services may be added to a few schools during the 2022-23 school year, not at all. Communication will be sent to staff and parents/guardians prior to the start of services; participation is 100% voluntary. Information about consent, according to Colorado law, is available below.
For more information about PSD's contract with Every Child Pediatrics, contact the director of Student Services.
Call 970-488-4950 to schedule an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln Middle School or Centennial High School.
The two centers will see any student enrolled for care. Enrollment forms and information are available on the Health and Wellness Center website, by calling 970-488-4950, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poudre School District students have access to comprehensive pediatric and adolescent medical and mental health services at two locations in PSD schools. Everyday Child Pediatrics, a nonprofit healthcare provider, offers students services ranging from health needs assessments, well-child exams and sports physicals, to care for chronic and acute medical and mental health issues.
Student health and wellness services are offered at the:
Health and Wellness Center at Centennial
Centennial High School
330 E. Laurel Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln
Lincoln Middle School
1600 Lancer Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Services offered include:
- Prevention services, such as annual well-child exams and sports physicals
- Treatment of acute medical issues, such as colds, flu, acute illness and infections
- Management of chronic health conditions, such as asthma and diabetes
- Validated health needs assessments including screenings for depression and anxiety
- Counseling for mental health issues, skill development and resiliency building
- Health and wellness planning for adolescents
- Reproductive health care
- Prescriptions and in-house lab tests
- Health education and awareness campaigns
- Referrals to other medical and mental health professionals
- Vaccines/ immunizations (in collaboration with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment)
- Dental screenings and services (in collaboration with community providers)
- Assistance with Medicaid/CHP+ enrollment (Centers are a Certified Application and Assistance Site or CAAS provider)
Please call 970-488-4950 to make an appointment. Walk-ins can rarely be accommodated, so please schedule an appointment.
Costs based on ability to pay
The Health and Wellness Centers accept most private and public insurances, including Medicaid and CHP+. The centers offers fee-for-service and a sliding-fee-scale based on federal poverty guidelines. No student enrolled is ever turned away for inability to pay for services provided by a school-based health center.
Staffing at the centers
Staffing includes a director, physician assistant, five patient care assistants (three are fluent in Spanish), and two mental and behavioral health specialists. Staff are shared between the two health and wellness center locations.
About the new Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln Middle School
The new center celebrated its grand opening in February 2022, at the school at 1600 Lancer Drive in Fort Collins.The center, which has an external entrance for non-Lincoln students and an internal entrance for Lincoln students, includes an observation room, bathroom, virtual mental and behavioral care health room, virtual medical room, lab for immunizations, medical exam room and more.
Before the new center opened, telehealth “virtual care” medical and mental health services were available through a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile located outside Lincoln.
About the Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School
Since 1993, licensed clinical professionals at the Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School, located at 330 E. Laurel Street, have provided integrated and comprehensive medical and mental health services to PSD students. The school-based health center is part of a nationally-recognized model and among nearly 3,000 sites located throughout the U.S.
Minors and Healthcare Services
Colorado HB 19-1120 was signed into law and went into effect on May 16, 2019. HB 19-1120 lowered the age of consent for psychotherapy services from 15 years old to 12 years old or older. Per Colorado Revised Statute 12-43-201 (9)(a) “a minor who is 12 years of age or older, with or without the consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian,” may consent to receive psychotherapy services “if the mental health professional determines that: (a) the minor is knowingly and voluntarily seeking such services, (b) the provision of psychotherapy services is clinically indicated and necessary to the minor’s well-being.”
Per Colorado Revised Statute 13-22-105, minors can self-refer/consent to the following services: contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection services, prenatal care and general medical care for the minor’s child. Parental consent is not required in any medical facility in the State of Colorado for these services.
As part of its many services, Every Child Pediatrics’ Health and Wellness Centers provide fact-based reproductive health/contraception information and counseling, contraception, sexually transmitted infection counseling and testing and prenatal care. Research shows that teens are much more likely to share important health-related information with trusted adults, including student-based health center staff. The Health and Wellness Center staff strongly encourage adolescents to engage in an open dialogue with their parents/guardians about all aspects of their health care.