District 21 Health Center

About

The purpose of the District 21 Health Center is to bring health care directly to the school environment, thereby addressing barriers to access, including cost and stigma, ensuring that all students have equitable opportunities to receive timely and appropriate health care services.

The District 21 Health Center aims to provide comprehensive primary and preventative physical, mental and educational health services for children and adolescents within our district. These services are meant to improve the social/emotional, cultural and physical health of these groups, as well as the educational environment.

Location

Located on the first floor of the Community
Service Center and Administrative Office
959 W. Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: (224) 481-2025
Fax: (847) 232-4898
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

* Hours subject to change based on the district’s calendar and holidays. Please schedule an appointment below to see availability.


Schedule an Appointment

Parents or guardians may make appointments before, during or after school for general medical topics, vaccines or mental health concerns.

 

Consent Process

District 21’s agreement with Advocate Health indicates that the school-based health center will only provide services to students if they have a signed parental consent form on file. The electronic consent form is available here, or students may pick up a paper copy at the center during normal hours of operation.

 

Services

The services offered at the D21 Health Center will be similar to services provided at an immediate care center. All medical and mental health appointments, including on-site testing services, will be of no cost to the patient/caregiver. However, there may be a nominal charge for vaccinations for those ineligible for the federally funded Vaccines for Children program.

Services include:

  • School and sports physical exams
  • Immunizations
  • Examination, diagnosis and treatment of such complaints as:
    • Asthma
    • Cold and cough
    • Fevers
    • Ear infections and ear wax removal
    • Eye infections, pink eye and styes
    • Rashes or skin irritants
    • Seasonal allergies
    • Sinus infections
    • Sprains, strains, bumps and bruises
  • Laboratory testing for a range of conditions, including:
    • Flu, COVID-19 and RSV
    • High cholesterol
    • Strep throat
    • Tuberculosis (TB)
    • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Individual and family counseling sessions with a clinical therapies for conditions such as:
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Relationships
    • Self-esteem
    • Stress and problem-solving
    • Social skills
    • Trauma

 

View our printable brochures for an overview of all services:

General Health Services

General Health Services

Some of the most frequently accessed services are:

  • School and athletic physical examinations
  • Immunizations
  • Examination, diagnosis, and treatment of complaints of pain or illness such as:
    • Ear pain
    • Eye irritation
    • Rashes or skin irritants
    • Complaints of headaches or stomach and other minor aches
    • Minor wounds such as non-severe cuts, blisters, and skin abrasions
  • Screenings for dental, vision, hearing and other problems
  • Point of care testing (e.g., glucose, strep throat, COVID-19)
  • Diagnostic lab tests
  • Referral for emergency treatment
  • Referral for specialty medical, social service or behavioral health care
Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

The D21 Health Center offers therapy services similar to local community mental health agencies.

Our Clinical Therapist aim to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for students of all ages and staff to process their emotions, overcome challenges, and improve their overall mental health. No referral is required.

Students and staff may receive treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress, relationships, emotional regulation, trauma, social skills, self-care, problem-solving. At the D21 Health Center, the Clinical Therapist also collaborates with a Nurse Practitioner and Physician to provide an integrated approach to a patient’s health treatment. Additional referrals and resources may be provided based on a patient’s needs.

Types of Therapy Offered:

Our Clinical Therapist can use various therapeutic approaches to help patient’s address their mental health concerns and achieve personal growth. Some common types of therapeutic approaches include, but not limited to:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. The purpose of CBT is to help individuals identify and challenge negative beliefs, develop healthier coping strategies, and achieve lasting changes in their thoughts and behaviors.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of therapy that emphasizes mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The purpose of DBT is to help individuals develop coping skills to manage intense emotions, improve relationships, and enhance overall emotional well-being.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of a therapeutic intervention that uses play as a medium for children to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The purpose of play therapy is to help children explore and understand their feelings, develop coping skills, improve communication and address emotional and behavioral challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy)

Psychotherapy, also known as Talk Therapy, is to help individuals explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insight into their behaviors and patterns, develop coping strategies, and work towards personal growth and mental well-being.

Family Therapy

Involves working with families to improve communication, resolve conflicts and strengthen relationships. The purpose of family therapy is to help family members understand each other better, address underlying issues, and work together to create a more supportive and functional family dynamic.

Types of Appointments:

Individual Therapy (45-minute session)

 

Therapy sessions are offered as an opportunity for students and staff to explore areas of well-being on a regular consistent basis in a confidential setting. Sessions involve talking with a Clinical Therapist to discuss your current mental health concerns, sharing your thoughts and feelings, explore coping strategies and setting goals for therapy.

SelfCare Check-In: Ages 12 and Older (30-minute session)

Give yourself 30 minutes to rest and reset with a self-care check-in visit. Students (12 years old and older) and staff get the opportunity to first speak with the Clinical Therapist about any current stressors and/or concerns. The visit is then followed by independently exploring aromatherapy, meditation, breathing and grounding exercises, journaling, and much more. 

 

Referrals for Outside Services

Referrals for Outside Services

If a service is requested or needed by a student outside the scope of services offered by the D21 Health Center, the provider will offer a referral. Advocate Health uses a referral database and an established list of area providers for medical and mental health referrals for services not offered in the school health center.

Supporting Students Services

Supporting Services

For those in need, transportation will be available for the 2024-25 school year. 

In order to serve students during peak times for physicals and immunizations, the D21 Health Center may host events in the summer and before the winter and spring sports seasons.

 


Service Health Center Staff

Advocate Health is our operating partner and employs a medical director, a family nurse practitioner, a social worker, and a medical assistant.

Dr. Kristina Mitton

MD
Medical Director

Erica Slack

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNL
Nurse Practitioner

Erin Velez

LCSW
Therapist

Dominique Michelin

CMA
Medical Assistant

 

Senada Dibra

Patient Service Representative

 

Forms

Physical Forms

School and Sports Physical Forms

State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination

Sports Physical

 

Required Pre-Visit Questionnaire

Required Pre-Visit Questionnaire 

 

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