School to begin construction on new health center catering to students from ages 3 to 21

School to begin construction on new health center catering to students from ages 3 to 21

Otsego Public Schools in Allegan County, MI, is excited to announce the upcoming opening of an on-site health care facility available to students between the ages of 3 and 21 from any school district. The groundbreaking for the new building took place on Tuesday, March 19, with construction expected to be completed by September 2024. The facility will be located at Washington Street Elementary in Otsego.

The new health center was made possible through various grants, with planning starting in February 2023 after receiving a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The total construction costs are estimated to be between $700,000 and $800,000, with the district contributing $100,000 to $200,000 and an additional $400,000 in grant funds supporting the development.

The center will offer a range of medical and behavioral health services, including immunizations, checkups, counseling, and diagnostic testing. It will also provide urgent care visits. Students will have access to the facility regardless of whether they have insurance, with appointments being billed accordingly.

The health center will have separate entrances for students and staff of Washington Street Elementary and students from other districts. Oversight will be provided by a Community Advisory Council, and medical services will be offered by InterCare Health Systems. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will contribute $180,000 annually towards operating costs, with the district providing 30% of “in-kind” support.

In conclusion, the Otsego Student Health Center is a much-anticipated addition to the school district, offering essential health care services to students in the community. The facility signifies a commitment to the well-being of students and the community as a whole.

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