The MHSF School-Based Health Center program was established with the purpose of providing outstanding medical and mental health resources and services necessary to promote and improve student's academic capability.

Goals of the School-Based Health Center include but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing quality medical intervention (physical and mental health care)
  • Referral for additional care when needed
  • Providing health and wellness education for students and parents
  • Reducing teen pregnancy and STD rates by advocating sexual abstinence
  • Improving access to primary health care needs

The MHSFI School Based Health Center program has become an integral part of the health care system of St. Bernard Parish. It provides outstanding medical and mental health resources and services necessary to promote and improve student's health and academic capability. In August 2006, MHSFI introduced the School Based Health Center Program to Chalmette High School. The first School Based Health Center to be located in St Bernard Parish, the Chalmette High School's School Based Health Center currently sees on average of 50 students per day during school hours. The SBHC team includes a skilled professional staff that includes a physician serving as Medical Director, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurse, Social Workers, Medical Assistant and Center Coordinator. The SBHC team covers all aspects of the students care and provides much needed services to the students and making a positive difference in their lives and that of their community. During school hours, the SBHC provides services to students ranging from acute illness, comprehensive sports physicals, chronic illness management, preventive care and more. The SBHC staff involves parents in the care of their child and makes referrals to specialists when warranted.

Chalmette High School, School Based Health Center operates in a facility sponsored by St. Bernard Parish Schools. The center's funding is a collabrative effort through Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc., the State of Louisiana's Office of Public Health's Adolescent School Health Program and partially funded by grants from Lions Club International Foundation administered by School Health Connection of Louisiana. A specal thanks to DHH/OPH/ASHP for their contribution as monitor and technical assistant provider.