Our team of providers are here to support your child during their teen years. During their middle school and high school years, your child will face new challenges in both their overall physical, mental, and social health. Our services are designed to support you in your endeavor to raise a happy and healthy teenager.
- Wellness checkups for school, sports, and camps
- Nutrition counseling
- Contraceptive counseling
- Sexually transmitted disease screening
- Behavioral and Mental Health supports
- School support
- Sick visits
- Special care coordination
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Children’s Healthcare’s Adolescent Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
At Children’s Health Care, we enjoy helping to ease the transition of adolescents into adulthood and encourage our patients to develop skills necessary to take on responsibility for their own healthcare. Starting in the early teen years, our providers will often suggest that a portion of your child’s visit occur without their guardian present. We believe that time spent with the teen gives the opportunity to discuss sensitive topics that might be difficult to discuss in front of a guardian. While we encourage teens to be open and honest with their guardians, discussions and disclosures related to sensitive topics between the provider and the teen, or results of any sensitive labs or tests, are considered private and confidential. Be assured that information would always be shared at the adolescent’s request, or in the rare circumstance that the adolescent poses a significant risk to him or herself or others.
To be consistent with respecting the adolescent’s right to privacy, teens over 16 will be asked to share their email and phone number, which can be used for communication and for transitioning them to exclusive full access to their patient portal. Parents will continue to have limited access to areas on the portal such as appointments and immunization records.
Children’s Healthcare’s Adolescent Privacy and Confidentiality Policy is consistent with Massachusetts and New Hampshire state laws, and is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please feel free to ask a provider if you have any questions about this or any CHC policies.
For complete care of your teenager, please contact your preferred CHC location in Newburyport or Haverhill to schedule an appointment.