IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR BETHEL FAMILIES
Until we are past the current health crisis,
the Bethel School-Based Health Center will be closed
For patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) or are suspected of having COVID-19 you can be seen at our Hilltop Regional Care Center, Kimi & George Tanbara MD Regional Care Center on Tacoma’s Eastside, or our Spanaway Family Medical Center. The Hilltop Urgent Care will take walk-ins but it is preferred that you make an appointment first.
For patients with non-COVID-19 symptoms or need non-COVID-19 services, you can be seen by our Lakewood Family Medical Center or our Parkland Family Medical Center. Most appointments will be conducted via telehealth.
In all cases, please call for an appointment first.
To make a medical or behavioral health appointment, please call (253) 722-2161 any time
To make an emergency dental appointment, please call (253) 722-2151 any time
Frequently Asked Questions
A school-based health center is a clinic located in the school or on the school property that provides full-spectrum family medical, dental and behavioral health services. Students can avoid missing school when sick and get support to succeed in their classroom by having quick and consistent access to health care while at school. The Bethel School District SBHC is operated by Community Health Care and follows state and federal laws, policies, procedures and professional standards of medical, dental and behavioral health care. With a pre-signed parental consent, students can access health care during typical school hours.
Any student from any Bethel School District school who is enrolled in the SBHC may get services, as well as any Bethel School District staff member.
Starting Wednesday, September 11, 2019, a temporary clinic site will be located at the Bethel Learning Center. The permanent health center opens at Bethel Middle School in Spring 2020.
SBHCs are staffed by a team of certified health professionals that may include: a Family Practice Physician, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant – Certified, General Dentist, Behavioral Health Specialist, Registered Nurse, Dental Assistants, Medical Assistants, receptionists and insurance enrollment specialists.
Clinic Hours of Operation
8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Thursday – year round with limited summer hours
- Medical: Monday & Wednesday
- Dental; walk-ins available: Tuesday
- Walk-in Nurse Consultation Visits: Tuesday & Thursday
- Behavioral Health: Coming in October (Monday through Thursday)
- Parents or legal guardians must pre-sign consent forms for their child to get care. Under WA State Law, all students can receive emergency medical care without parental consent. Children 13 years and older can get confidential services per Washington State law; and mental health and substance abuse treatment without parental consent. Students getting these services are always encouraged to discuss health concerns with safe parents/guardians.
- If there is an urgent issue, SBHC staff may call the parent to get verbal consent to treat the child.
- Parents/guardians are always encouraged to participate directly in their child’s care, but if you have trouble getting time off or cannot attend the appointment (and a pre-signed consent is on file), we can see your child during the school day and call you after the appointment with an update.
SBHCs are focused on helping students stay in school and learn. Every effort is made in SBHCs to schedule appointments so students do not miss core classes.
Any student enrolled in the SBHC can been seen at any time by any of our medical, dental, and behavioral health providers.
Parents or legal guardians must complete and return a Parent Consent Packet. Only students who are enrolled in the SBHC can be seen in the SBHC. Parent Consent Packets can be found at https://www.commhealth.org/sbhc
SBHCs provide care to students whether or not they have insurance. Private and state insurances will be billed for services when appropriate. A sliding-fee-scale is available for families who are under-insured or uninsured. The sliding-fee-scale is based on household income and family size. No student will be turned away for the lack of ability to pay. An insurance enrollment specialist is an important part of the SBHC team and can assist with finding an insurance plan that fits your family and financial needs.
A SBHC does not replace the very important role of a school nurse. By working with the school nurse, additional and quicker resources can be available for students with medical, dental and/or behavioral health needs. If your child becomes ill during the school day, he/she will still go to the school nurse office and the nurse will call you. The nurse will then ask if you want your child to be seen at the SBHC.
A student can be enrolled in the SBHC and keep their regular PCP. The SBHC will always send copies of visits to your child’s regular provider. If your student does NOT have regular PCP, you can enroll your child and use the SBHC as your child’s primary care provider. As a CHC patient your child would be welcome to access any of Community Health Care’s primary care clinics, dental clinics, specialty clinics, urgent cares and pharmacies. A full list of CHC resources can be found at https://www.commhealth.org
The SBHC accepts TriCare for dental care but not for medical care. Madigan Army Medical Center has its own school-based health program serving students from military families. Ask your school administrator for more information.
Desirée White, ARNP
Jeff Reynolds, DMD