The St. Clair County Health Department is seeing results after expanding Teen Health Center services in Port Huron and Algonac to include counseling. The adolescent health clinic, now referred to as Teen Health, is providing services in Port Huron and has expanded to Algonac.
According to the Health Department, counseling services began at Algonac in the fall of 2019 while services in Port Huron began more than three years ago. In October, November, and December of 2019, the Port Huron location saw 84 clients for 267 visits while the new Algonac location saw 25 new clients for 114 visits. Sandy Mangan, NP, Nursing Supervisor for Teen Health said she feels, “these services are desperately needed for students to receive services where they are at. [The program] alleviates barriers of transportation and scheduling that would get in the way of the individuals seeking services otherwise.”
The St. Clair County Health Department’s Child and Adolescent Health Program is jointly funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The Port Huron Teen Health clinic is located on the campus of Port Huron High School while Algonac’s clinic is located within the combined junior and senior high school. The Port Huron location also offers primary care services in addition to counseling. Counseling services are provided on a referral basis.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.