Mom's Clinic - FAQ
Mom's Clinic is a school
Based Health Center at Hamden High, 203.248.6107. It is a
licensed outpatient clinic and provides a full array
services. Mom's Clinic is operated by the Quinnipiack Valley
Health District, and supported through a grant from the State of
Mom's Clinic is grant funded, and is not funded by local tax or
Board of Education funds.
Last Updated January 26, 2001
The following Frequently Asked Questions will provide you with a
better understanding about Mom's Clinic
- ABOUT THE CLINIC NAME...
- WHAT? WHERE? WHY?
- HOURS OF OPERATION
- CLINIC STAFF
- SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CLINIC
- TO JOIN
- TO USE THE SERVICES
- AFTER HOURS POLICY
- IF MY CHILD HAS A DOCTOR ALREADY, WHY WOULD I SIGN MY
- HOW IS THE CLINIC FUNDED?
- PLEASE HELP MOM'S CLINIC!
- WILL I STILL HAVE CONTROL OF MY CHILD'S HEALTH CARE?
- HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?
1. ABOUT THE CLINIC NAME...
A School contest was held to name the clinic. The winning choice,
Mom's Clinic, was selected from the entries by the Student Council, and
approved by the Advisory Committee. Hamden High School has been known for
generations as Mom's Clinic because of the facade work on the front of the
2. WHAT? WHERE? WHY?
Mom's Clinic is a school based health center located in Hamden High.
It is a licensed outpatient clinic and provides a full array of physical
mental health services, just like a medical office in the community. The
Medical staff includes an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.)
a pediatrician. Medical services offered include the diagnosis and
treatment of illness, physical exams, sports physicals, immunizations,
health education, and nutritional counseling. The clinic staff can collect
lab specimens and performs some lab testing (such as a strep throat test)
site. Medications can be prescribed and starter doses can be received upon
diagnosis. The clinic's licensed clinical social worker can provide
individual, group and/or family therapy.
It is located at Hamden High School adjacent to the school nurse's
office. It can be used by any Hamden High Student whose parent or guardian
has signed an enrollment form.
3. HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Friday 8:00am- 2:00pm. The Clinic is open during the
school year except legal holidays and vacations. (See After Hours Policy.)
4. CLINIC STAFF
Clinical staff includes a social worker, a nurse practitioner and a
pediatrician (for consultation). The staff is specially trained to work
There are no fees for services performed at the clinic. Fees are
covered by a grant from the CT Dept. of Public Health for all students,
or without insurance. If you do have insurance, we will bill your carrier.
However, since grant monies can be used to cover co-pays, deductibles and
rejected claims, you will not have to pay out-of-pocket for clinic
Health problems that require referral to an outside agency or provider
be discussed with parents and financial obligation will be up to the
6. SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CLINIC
- Diagnosis, treatment and follow up for minor illnesses and injuries
- Health assessments including physical exams and sport physicals (for
students without insurance coverage for these services) health
- Nutrition education/counseling and weight management
- Laboratory testing (blood work, urine testing, etc.)
- Health education/promotion
- Crisis intervention
- Psychosocial assessments
- Individual, group and family counseling
The philosophy of the clinic is:
- Do as much as can be done within the walls of the clinic.
- Communicate with the student's private doctor, when needed.
7. TO JOIN
Parents (or guardians) complete the enrollment form, and insurance
survey which are available from the clinic. Return the signed forms and
are now a member! Click here for more
8. TO USE THE SERVICES
- Most first medical appointments are referred to the clinic through
the school nurse, but direct appointments can also be made.
- Appointments with the social worker should be made with the clinic
Once enrolled, any treatment you receive is confidential to you, the
student, except in emergency or life threatening situations, in accordance
with the law. Parents may exclude students from receiving certain kinds of
care, when enrolling them.
10. AFTER HOURS POLICY
In the event that an urgent health problem occurs after the clinic
is closed, students can call the adolescent health clinic at Yale New
Hospital, 203.785.4644. For emergencies, please get to an emergency
11. IF MY CHILD HAS A DOCTOR ALREADY, WHY
WOULD I SIGN MY CHILD UP?
# 1- Convenience! Mom's Clinic is right at school. If your child
wakes up with a sore throat that looks suspicious, the clinic staff can do
quick strep test and begin antibiotics if the test is positive.
# 2-Comfort! Many adolescents begin to outgrow the
pediatrician's office. At
Mom's the adolescent can talk to a clinician who has received special
training in adolescent growth and development. (Mom's Clinic policy is to
work closely with the child's primary care doctor.)
# 3- Cost! Mom's Clinic does not charge you any out-of-pocket
fees. We will try to collect money from your insurance company.
12. HOW IS THE CLINIC FUNDED?
The Clinic is funded through a State Department of Public Health
grant. In addition, Mom's Clinic receives some reimbursement through
insurance companies. No local tax dollars or Board of Education funds are
used to operate this clinic.
13. PLEASE HELP MOM'S CLINIC!
Mom's Clinic needs a minimum enrollment in order to continue to
receive funding. Mom's Clinic is important to a lot of families without
health insurance or with very high deductibles. About 20% of visits every
month are made by children who have no health insurance. By enrolling your
child in the clinic, not only does your child have access to immediate
health care, but you also help your community by supporting the clinic
your enrollment number.
14. WILL I STILL HAVE CONTROL OF MY CHILD'S
Sometime parents are concerned that they will lose control of their
child's health care if they enroll them in the clinic. However, it is the
policy of the clinic to try to involve parents in care. There is also a
place to exclude your child from a particular service.
15. HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?
To enroll a child, simply complete a registration and insurance
form. Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the clinic office,
to the school nurse's office. Or use our online
request to have them mailed to you. If you have any
questions about the clinic, please call Debbie Culligan, Clinic