Student Support & Health Center
The CMHS Health Center provides primary medical care and mental health services, including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, prescriptions, lab tests, and physical exams. A nurse practitioner who works in collaboration with a physician is available by appointment and for walk-in care. She is qualified to treat, diagnose, and prescribe. A master’s level counselor provides individual and group counseling for social and behavioral problems such as attention deficit, social skills, substance abuse, family and peer relationships, and behavioral problems.
To receive care from the nurse practitioner or the counselor, students must enroll in the health center by completing the enrollment form that is sent home at the beginning of the school year. Students under 18 must have signed consent from a parent or guardian.
All students may use the health center for basic school nursing services, which do not require parental consent.
The health center is open M-F 7:30-3:30. During evenings, weekends, and vacations students have access to a health center provider by calling 743-7495.
Health Center Staff
Cabell County Public Schools Health Services Dept. Medication Policy Prescription Medication
The medication must be prescribed by your child’s physician and the order form returned to school before that medication will be given by school personnel.
1. A new written order form must be presented for any changes and/or discontinuation of any mediation.
2. PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST SIGN PARENTAL PERMISSION on the physician’s order sheet.
3. The medication is to be brought to school by the parent or other responsible adult in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy. You may want the pharmacist to label two containers: one for the school and one to keep at home.
4. Bring no more than three (3) weeks supply of medication to the school.
5. The student is responsible for coming to the health center or to the designated person to take the medicine.
6. We would appreciate it if you would please pick up your child’s medication on the last day of school. Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded at the end of the school year.
7. A new order form is required for each school year.
Non-prescription/over-the-counter medication may be administered by staff for a period of up to three (3) school days with written directions from a parent or guardian. Non-prescription medication must be sent to school in the manufacturer’s container labeled with the student’s name. If non-prescription medication is required beyond three (3) days, follow the procedure for prescription medication.
Self-Administration of Prescription or Non-Prescription Medication
- The school nurse or designated provider must be reasonably assured that the student is capable of taking his/her own medication.
There must be written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian that the student may self-medicate.
Medication - up to a three-day supply - must be kept in a properly labeled container and may be kept on their person (purse, book bag, and backpack) or in their locker.
Failure to adhere to these conditions may result in the loss of privilege to self medicate.
In accordance with standard nursing practice, the school nurse may refuse to administer or allow to be administered any medication which, based on his/her judgment, had the potential to be harmful, dangerous or inappropriate. In these cases, the parent/guardian and licensed prescriber shall be notified immediately by the school nurse. Handicapped students who need to use the elevator may secure an elevator key for $5.00 (which will be refunded when the key is returned).