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School-Based Health Centers

In partnership with Axis Health System, the School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) offer a practical and affordable approach to bringing healthcare services to students during school hours. These integrated, primary healthcare clinics are available within Durango School District 9-R at both Durango High School and Florida Mesa Elementary and offer quality physical and behavioral health services to all 9-R students and their siblings.

Students will be billed for services provided in accordance with any insurance benefits they have or as self pay if not covered by insurance. Access to care is not restricted based on the ability to pay. A sliding fee discount program is available to those students that qualify.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are services confidential?
Patient information provided at the SBHCs is confidential according to all State and Federal privacy laws. SBHC staff work closely with parents and students to encourage active communication and participation in the student’s healthcare.
What services are offered in the SBHC?
We offer all of the following at our SBHCs:
• Well Child exams and Sports Physicals
• Chronic care management, such as asthma or diabetes
• Acute illness and injury treatment
• Onsite laboratory testing for strep throat, urine screening, and anemia
• Laboratory, x-ray and prescriptions can be ordered
• Immunizations
• Preventive dental services
• Referrals and financial assistance for restorative dental services
• Pregnancy prevention, education, family planning, and abstinence counseling
• Diagnosis, treatment, and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases
• Behavioral health services including emotional and substance use screening and interventions
• Psychiatric consultation
What does reproductive health care include?

Screening and education of normal growth and adolescent physical development, screening for high risk behaviors, teaching breast and testicular exams, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, screening and treatment of normal vaginal infections, screening for menstrual irregularities, screening for cervical cancer and other family risk factors, HIV prevention and contraceptive counseling, prescribing and distribution

Who provides the services at the SBHC?

A licensed practical nurse serving as the SBHC coordinator, an administrative assistant, a nurse practitioner who can diagnose and prescribe and a behavioral health consultant who provides behavioral/mental health education and consulting, crisis evaluation, and short-term therapies. Other local medical providers may be added as pro bono or funded arrangements are developed for example, appointment with a dermatologist, or allergist. 

What does my student need to be seen at a SBHC?

An enrollment packet, with a consent for treatment signed by a student’s parent or guardian, is required prior to a student  being allowed to access to healthcare services (including  family planning, mental health, and substance abuse) at the SBHCs.  Please complete, sign, and return the following forms along with your student’s registration materials:

SBHC Consent for Treatment
SBHC Patient Registration
SHHC Financial Agreement
SBHC Student Health History

What are the hours at the SBHC?

Here are details on SBHC hours and how to make an appointment:


  • SBHC at Durango High School: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours may be added in July and August. People can make appointments and walk in. People can use the doorbell and enter through the SBHC door at DHS.


  • SBHC at Florida Mesa Elementary: Tuesday only, 8-4 p.m. Extended hours may be added in July and August. People can use the doorbell and enter through the south-facing side door at FME.


Both SBHCs at Florida Mesa Elementary and Durango High School offer full immunizations on site required for school, and same day appointments are often available. Read about new state requirements regarding student immunizations for the 2016-17 school year here.

Appointments and walk-ins welcome during regular school hours (after hours by phone). Call one of our School-Based Health Centers today to set up an appointment or get more information:

Durango High School-Based Health Center (970) 375-3832

Florida Mesa Elementary School-Based Health Center (970) 385-1168

Watch our video on SBHCs here.