Student Health and Wellness 

Student Health Serivces

CPS partners with health care providers to bring essential health services to schools, so that students may receive the care they need to achieve academically. Students may access health services at no out of pocket cost. Most school-based health services require parental or guardian consent.

Health Clinics

School-based Health Centers

School-based health centers are like doctor’s office in schools. There are 33 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Chicago that provide services that  include but are not limited to: immunizations, physical exams, sports physicals, behavioral healthcare, chronic condition management and acute care. Some SBHCs are available to the community and to neighboring schools. Please call ahead before making an appointment.

School Based Health Center Resources:

 

Clinic Locator


Children and Family Benefits - SNAP & Medicaid

    CPS assist families to enroll in low cost or free health insurance and the SNAP program (food stamps).

Vision & Hearing

The Office of Student Health and Wellness offers a variety of resources to assist parents in obtaining vision and hearing screenings for their child(ren) if the student was absent or is new to school..


 

Dashboard

SCREENINGS CPS conducts vision and hearing screenings is to check if student requires a full exam.

Dashboard

EXAM CPS administers hearing and vision exams is done by a doctor and determines overall health and prescribes eyeglasses or hearing aids if needed.

Screening and referral

  • Hearing and Vision Screening Technicians are assigned to every school to provide free vision and hearing screenings for students. Technicians will reach out to your child’s school to schedule services. Screening clinics are also available by appointment for students who were absent on screening days or who are new to the school.

Locations:

By appointment only.  Appointments are limited and may not be available on all days of the week.  Please discuss scheduling by calling 773-553-1873 at least two weeks in advance. Clinic hours are from 9:30am-2pm


Vision Exams

CPS partners with variety of agencies to provide families with access to vision services and glasses at no cost to the family or student. Vision exams are required by October 15th for students entering Kindergarten or entering Illinois schools for the first time at any grade level. Vision exams are recommended for students who fail the vision screening; require an Individualized Education Program (IEP); receive teacher recommendation based upon classroom observation; experience squinting, tilting of the head, sitting close to the television, losing place while reading, rubbing eyes, excessive tearing or headaches.

Illinois Eye Institute Vision Clinic at Princeton (5125 S Princeton)

  • Year-round, daily vision clinic that provides students with comprehensive eye exams and glasses, if needed

  • Illinois Eye Institute may bill Medicaid health insurance or other currently applicable insurance company for services

  • Open for walk-ins, Monday–Friday, 8:30–9:30 am and by appointment

  • IEI at Princeton 312-949-7990

School-based Vision Program

  • Ask your school when the school - based vision provider is scheduled or call the CPS Vision team to find out more 773-535-8674

Vision Exam Resources


Hearing Exams

CPS partners with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) to treats various diseases of the ear, such as chronic ear infections and hearing loss.

UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary

1855 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 6061


Students who meet referral criteria following a hearing screening and/or threshold test by the CPS Audiometric & Vision Screening Technician are automatically referred to UIC who will contact the parent/guardian for an appointment at no cost to the parent/guardian or school.  The provider may bill Medicaid or other available insurance.

Dental

The school based dental program in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides all consented students with access to dental exams at no cost to families. Exams are comprehensive and include a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment and dental sealants as necessary.

Sexual Health Serivces

 

In Illinois, youth under 18 seeking general medical care need permission from a parent or guardian. However, youth 12 years of age and older can access most sexual health services without parental consent or permission. Also most sexual health services are confidential and parent notification is not required. By law, Medicaid cannot send home a bill/ explanation of benefits for sexual health services.


Places where students can access sexual health services:

  • At School:

    • School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and some mobile providers provide sexual health services.

    • STI Education and Screening Project: CPS partners with the Chicago Department of Public Health to provide education and testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea in CPS high schools. Various high schools participate and offer optional testing. Interested students provide consent to the confidential services.

  • In the Community:

    • Some SBHCs are open to students from other schools and families in the community.

Free or low-cost sexual health services are available at Title X clinics, such as Chicago Department of Public Health’s Neighborhood Health Clinics, Planned Parenthood (PPIL) and other community health centers.  Find Chicago’s 42 Title X clinics here .

Schools can contact mobile health care providers to coordinate services for their students. Find resources on the CPS Knowledge Center

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Page Last Modified on Thursday, September 22, 2016