Teens

Teens Health Care in Newburyport & Haverhill, MA

About Teen Care

Our team of board-certified health care specialists are dedicated to the ongoing care of your child, even as they experience their teen years. During their middle school and high school years, your child will face new challenges in both their overall physical and social health.

The concerns and questions you have as a parent about your child’s physical, mental, and behavioral health are both valid and important, as no one knows your child better than you do. Our services are designed to support you in your endeavor to raise a happy and healthy teenager.

Services

CHC understands the importance of mental well-being in the scope of your child’s overall health. Our dedicated team of physicians are not only available for wellness and sudden illness visits with extended weekday and weekend hours, they are also available for longer scheduled visits to address mental and behavioral concerns.

Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug abuse, and anger are just a few of the health conditions that we address. We provide the following patient-centered care services for teens:

 

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 a comprehensive health consultation.