La Clinica agrees to operate Crater High School health center

La Clinica will take over Crater High School's student health center this fall.

The school's health center has been operated by Jackson County, which recently notified Central Point School District that it would not renew its contract for another year.

The health center, housed in the Crater Renaissance Academy at the high school, 655 N. Third St., will offer medical and behavioral health services to the high school's 1,393 students every day during school hours. La Clinica will staff the clinic with a nurse and mental health therapists, and nurse practitioners from the organization's Central Point Health Center will be available at the clinic two days weekly.

The Central Point site will become the sixth school-based health center operated by La Clinica, a nonprofit health center group based in Medford.

The organization also runs school-based health centers at Jackson, Jewett, Phoenix, Oak Grove, and Washington elementary schools. It serves three other elementary schools with its mobile health center.

"We are so excited to expand our school-based health services in Central Point School District to the high school," said Traci Fossen, La Clinica special programs director.

As at La Clinica's other school-based sites, students will be eligible to receive care regardless of their ability to pay. La Clinica will ask families that use the service to pay a small annual fee to cover registration costs, and the organization will bill insurance for those students who have it.

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