New Killingly student health center proposal

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A Killingly school board committee tasked with finding “alternative” student mental health options to a school-based health center is slated to review a draft proposal – from a different school-based health center operator.

The Board of Education ad-hoc group initially formed in the fall is expected on Dec. 28 to discuss a proposal from Community Health Center, Inc., or CHCI, to operate a school-based health center, or SBHC, in Killingly.

The company oversees more than a dozen such centers across the state, including in Groton and New London school districts, according to the agency’s website. The group states its centers are staffed by licensed health care providers who work with school nurses to provide, among other things, behavioral health services to students.

Killingly High School

The CHCI option, first presented to the committee on Nov. 30, is strikingly similar to one rejected by the board in March that proposed allowing the locally-based Generations Family Health Center to operate out of Killingly High School.

But unlike the Generations model, the CHCI plan requires parents to “opt-in” before a student can avail themselves of their in-school services. The lack of such an enrollment requirement was previously cited by several board members as the main reason for voting against the Generations plan.

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