The SBHC coordinates the use of Medicaid reimbursement funds and various grant awards to provide a broad range of health services for all school aged children in the seven member school districts that include Capitan, Carrizozo, Cloudcroft, Corona, Hondo, Ruidoso and Tularosa. The SBHC is located on the Ruidoso High School campus between the gym and the football field and staff based at this site provide services including sports physicals, health education, substance abuse prevention and counseling at all of the Ruidoso schools, as well as in the other member school districts. The SBHC brings the doctor/counselor to the school, improving access to critically needed care right where children learn and grow. Students may access physical, behavioral or substance abuse services at the SBHC either on their own or by referral from their school nurse, counselor, a teacher or a parent/guardian. Although the SBHC asks parents to sign written consents for their children to enroll in the SBHC, according to New Mexico State Law, children over 14 years old can access some services with their own informed consent.
The SBHC recognizes the increasing number of children and adolescents who lack access to health care and need care that is culturally and age-sensitive, confidential, safe and affordable. All services are provided on a sliding fee scale, but no one will be denied services regardless of their ability to pay. REC IX SBHCs may bill Medicaid for services provided to covered patients.
Students perform better when they show up for class, healthy and ready to learn. SBHCs help students avoid health-related absences and support them to succeed in the classroom. It is well accepted that healthier children make better students.
The REC IX SBHC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 575-630-7975.