Frequently Asked Questions about Mom's Clinic
Mom’s Clinic is a school based health center at Hamden High School.
IF MY CHILD ALREADY HAS A PEDIATRICIAN, WHY WOULD I ENROLL MY CHILD?
#1 CONVENIENCE! Mom’s Clinic is right at school. If your child wakes up with a sore throat, a quick strep test (and a culture) can be done right at school. If it is positive, antibiotics can be started right away.
#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. The child does not have to travel very far for help. A special relationship with Mom’s clinic staff can be developed. We are there every day for children who need a little extra support.
#3 COST! Most of the time, you do not pay for the care. For most families, there are no out-of-pocket fees as they are covered by grant funds. This includes co-pays. However, there are a few commercial insurance companies that require mandatory co-pays. If this is the case, we will bill you for the co-pay. .
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHOOL NURSING AND MOM’S CLINIC?
The school nurse role is very important for school health. Our role begins where the school nurse’s role ends. School nurses can assess and recommend. Mom’s Clinic staff can diagnose and treat. We work very closely with the school nurses and communicate information as allowed by law.
HOW IS MOM’S CLINIC FUNDED?
The clinic is funded through CT Department of Public Health Grant. In addition, Mom’s Clinic receives some reimbursement for services from insurance companies. Occasional grants from community organizations also help to fund services.
WILL I STILL HAVE CONTROL OVER MY CHILD’S HEALTH CARE?
Sometimes parents are concerned that they will lose control of their children’s health care if they enroll them in the Mom’s Clinic. The staff attempt to involve parents in the care process, when necessary. Can we call you every time your child comes down to Mom’s Clinic? No. This would not be practical. Services provided to your child are also confidential to your child, for their own protection. If there is a particular service or type of care that you do not want your child to have, you can complete the exclusion line on the enrollment form.
MOM’S CLINIC NEEDS YOUR CHILD!
Mom’s Clinic needs a minimum enrollment to maintain the grant funding. Last year, 18% of the enrolled children had no form of health insurance at all. By enrolling your child, not only will health care be accessible for your child, but it will enable us to continue to receive grant funding which in turn will bring health care to those children with no insurance.
MOM’S CLINIC NEEDS YOU!
Mom’s Clinic is owned and operated by Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD), a regional health department serving thetowns of Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge. While it is the QVHD Board of Directors who ultimately have the responsibility for decisions regarding the clinic, an Advisory Committee meets periodically (two to three times per year) to review operation of the clinic and make recommendations to the Board of QVHD. The Advisory Committee is comprised of professionals and consumers from thetown. If you are interested in joining, please let us know. We need more parent and adolescent involvement!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION,CALL DEBBIE CULLIGAN, CLINIC COORDINATOR (203) 248-4528.