Child & Adolescent Health Program
St. Clair County Health Department’s Child & Adolescent Health Program is jointly funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Services are aimed at achieving the best possible physical, intellectual, and emotional health of children and adolescents by providing high quality, accessible services to youth. The Child and Adolescent Health Program promotes the health of children, adolescents, and their families by providing important primary, preventive, and early-intervention health care services. The Teen Health Center provides primary care, preventative care, comprehensive health assessment, vision and hearing screenings, medication, immunizations, care for acute illness, management of chronic illness, health education, behavioral and/or developmental screenings, and mental health care.
The MDHHS and MDE embrace the notion that “Healthier Students Learn Better, Better Learners Graduate, and Higher Graduation Rates = Healthier Communities!” The Michigan Evaluation of School-Based Health (MESH), a three-year study conducted by Michigan State University, found that health centers are associated with a wide range of health benefits. Compared to non-users, users of health centers reported significantly better health outcomes and behaviors. The presence of health centers in schools was shown to provide health benefits to the entire student population, such as:
- Greater satisfaction with health
- Higher self-esteem
- Fewer threats to achievement
- Engaging in fewer risky behaviors
- Healthier eating habits
- Increased physical activity
- Greater family involvement
- Better problem-solving skills in social situations
- Fewer negative peer influences
- Less physical discomfort
- Less emotional discomfort
EXPANDING, ENHANCING EMOTIONAL HEALTH (E3) is program provided through MDHHS Child and Adolescent Health. E3 sites are located within a school or on school grounds and provide on-site comprehensive mental health services from mild to moderate severity of need. It includes referrals, tracking and follow-up, throughout the year with signed agreements with the host school and/or local school district.
St. Clair County Health Department – Teen Health offers E3 services at two schools in St. Clair County – Algonac Jr/Sr High School and Capac Elementary School. These programs offer mental health counseling five days a week to students in these schools and are located within the school building.