School-Based Health Centers
Confidential Care for Students
NHC’s school-based health centers (SBHCs) offer a unique health care model in which comprehensive physical, mental and preventive health services are provided to youth in a school setting. Our providers see kids who otherwise would not get care and help students get back to the classroom faster.
- Care for any Merlo Station High School and Tualatin High School students (including CEYP children) in need of medical and/or mental health services, regardless of insurance status
- Diagnosis and treatment of minor illness, injuries, colds, ear infections, rashes, asthma, and sinus infections (may include limited labs or prescriptions)
- Wellness/health physical exams or check-ups
- Sports physicals
- Blood pressure or vision screenings
- Mental health evaluations and counseling
- Health counseling (may include nutrition, tobacco use/cessation, weight management, safety, wellness, substance and/or drug dependence, and health risk assessment/identification/reduction)
- Addressing safe and responsible sexuality, menstrual disorders, and testing for pregnancy
Our SBHCs are separate from school nurses and are run by NHC within Beaverton School District's and Tualatin-Tigard School District’s guidelines, with support from the Washington County Health Department.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time, but walk-in appointments are available.
Appointments are available at Merlo Station HS SBHC to all enrolled Beaverton School District students and at Tualatin HS SBHC to all enrolled Tualatin-Tigard School District students.
All meetings are confidential according to HIPAA guidelines, unless there is a concern for imminent danger to self or others, in which case the student will be made aware of the need to breach confidentiality.
SBHC staff will obtain written or verbal consent of a parent or legal guardian for general medical treatment if the patient is under 15 years of age.
Students may seek family planning and sexually transmitted disease services without parent/legal guardian consent, at any age. SBHC-related mental health services (outpatient services) may be provided to those 14 years or older without parent or legal guardian consent.
Students between the ages of 12 and 19 who visit an NHC SBHC may be asked to complete an anonymous survey after their visit. This survey asks about the student’s satisfaction and experience at the NHC SBHC, as well as some general questions about their physical and mental health status.
Students can refuse to take the survey, and this will not affect their ability to get care at the SBHC. To see a copy of the survey, please click here. If you have questions about the survey, please contact the SBHC State Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our care teams provide high-quality whole-person care, supporting each patients' unique mental, emotional, and physical health needs. The care you receive at NHC will help you get healthy and stay healthy with collaborative solutions right for you and your particular situation, regardless of your residence status, citizenship status, income, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or religion.