Pawcatuck Middle School to open health center today

Stonington - A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. today to celebrate the opening of Pawcatuck Middle School's School-Based Health Center.

Officials from the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, which provides the staffing for the center, as well as state legislators and school officials are expected to be on hand for the event.

The center will allow the school's 350 students to get physicals and treatment for acute minor illnesses, and take part in health promotion and disease prevention education programs, as well as group, individual and family therapy.

The center is licensed by the state as an outpatient clinics and is staffed by certified nurse practitioners and mental health clinicians.

State funding pays for the center and is staffing. It is designed to help reduce absenteeism and tardiness and increase student achievement.

Other centers are located in Groton and New London.

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