NH schools could offer or expand health care services

The state is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the $1 million initiative.

Citing a rise in youth mental health needs and a drop in medical checkups, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services wants to establish or expand health clinics in some school districts. With parental or caregiver permission, students could receive immunizations, mental health counseling, physical exams, and health education at their school.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased need for both health and behavioral health services for New Hampshire children,” said department spokesman Jake Leon in an email. “Many students have missed well child visits and immunizations, and many have experienced increased behavioral health symptoms and conditions. (Health and Human Services) is excited to offer this support for students and their families to meet their needs for a range of age-appropriate health care services.”

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