North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) is now providing preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central School. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the Health Room, #213, at Lyme Central School, 11868 Academy Street, Chaumont, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4th. Students, administrators, staff of NCFHC, and local political representatives will gather to celebrate.
In addition to providing preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central School, NCFHC also provides school-based dental only services to students at Alexandria Central, Copenhagen Central, Lowville Academy & Central School, South Lewis Central, and for the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in NCFHC’s dental-only School-Based Dental Programs. Students receive dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments as part of the preventative program. Services are available to all students – whether they have insurance or not. Services are provided by a licensed dental hygienist who is employed by NCFHC.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central. It is rewarding to know that we are able to provide care to students right where they are – in school,” states Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to make receiving services convenient and easy for the parents, and a positive experience for the students. When children receive services in school parents do not have to take time off work, and there are no out of pocket costs for parents when their son or daughter is treated at the school-based clinics. Our school-based dental staff work in collaboration with a student’s primary dentist too if other services are necessary.”
NCFHC received a $300,000 Empire State Development Grant in the fall of 2018 with assistance from Senator Patty Ritchie to expand its School-Based Dental Program. Since that time, NCFHC has expanded into the Lyme District as well as engaged students from the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.
“Quality dental care is critically important to a child’s overall health, however, in rural regions it can be a challenge for many families to access dental services,” states Senator Patty Ritchie. “When children go without dental health care it can create very serious problems, namely speech difficulties, serious infections and tooth loss. I am pleased to have secured this funding, which will help connect more families throughout our region with the convenient, top-notch dental care they need to live healthy lives.”
In addition to preventative dental services, NCFHC operates six School-Based Health Centers in the Watertown City and South Jefferson School Districts which provide integrated medical and behavioral health services. Students in the Watertown City School Districts are served at School-Based Health Centers at North Elementary (serves all elementary aged children), Harold T. Wiley Intermediate School, Case Middle School, and Watertown High School. Students in the South Jefferson School District are served at School-Based Health Centers at Mannsville Manor Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Students who attend the Clarke Middle/High School at South Jefferson may utilize the School-Based Health Centers at either Mannsville or Wilson Elementary. In 2018, over 3,200 students utilized the School-Based Health Centers to receive medical, dental, and behavioral health services.