Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

School Health Readiness Program

The School Health Readiness program is committed to providing health care, mental health care, and preventive services to students who may lack access to health care.  These services are provided at four Title I elementary schools in Harford County.  The participating schools are Edgewood Elementary School, Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School, Magnolia Elementary School, and William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School.  Two nurse practitioners and two social workers currently service these schools each week.  Services provided by the Nurse Practitioners:

  • Examine, diagnose, and prescribe medication for problems such as ear, sinus, or throat infections, asthma, rashes, etc.
  • Well child services and intermittent acute primary care
  • Preliminary physical examinations
  • Nutritional services
  • Injury evaluation
  • Referral services
  • Consultations for ADHD concerns
  • Liaison with the primary care providers
  • Family education
  • Chronic care
  • Asthma education to parents and students through the Open Airways Program
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Lead testing
  • Hygiene education
Services provided by the Social Workers:
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Consultation with school personnel
  • Attendance at IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings, as necessary
  • Referral to community services
  • Occasional home visits
  • Crisis intervention
Parent Education Activities:
  • Resources for parents are readily available at each school site and at back-to-school nights
  • Asthma education is provided by the Nurse Practitioner through the Open Airways classes
  • Mental Health education services are provided to parents on a private basis by the Social Worker
Eligibility: Any student or younger sibling is eligible to utilize the School Health Readiness Program with parental consent.  Consent forms are sent home at the beginning of the school year and are carried over from year to year. Referral Process: The school nurse refers sick students to the Nurse Practitioner if the student has a signed consent on file.  The guidance counselor refers students to the Social Worker.  In addition, parents may contact the school nurse, the guidance counselor, or the Program Coordinator for appointments. Fee: No one is denied services due to their inability to pay.  The Program accepts both Medical Assistance and Private Insurances (exclusive of HMOs).  Private pay clients' fees are based upon family income levels and family size..