School Based Health Center

School Based Health Center

Phone: (203) 790-2886
Fax: (203) 797-4793


Clinical Social Worker: Carrie McLaughlin, LCSW
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Carrie McLaughlin, LCSW, began at DHS’s SBHC in 2022. Carrie graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s in social work in 2017 and a master’s in social work from Sacred Heart University in 2019 with a clinical focus. Carrie has worked in several settings specializing in clinical work with children, families, and adolescents. Carrie’s background includes group work in Yale New Haven Health’s Intensive Outpatient setting, Klingberg Family Center’s Extended Day Treatment, and a therapeutic day school setting. Carrie comes with additional outpatient experience from Family & Children’s Aid, where she conducted individual and family therapy. Carrie utilizes CBT; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and TFCBT; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Carrie enjoys helping the adolescent population at Danbury High School manage mental health challenges and academic stressors. Carrie uses a supportive approach to meet a student where they are to increase stability in various aspects of their lives.

Medical Office Assistant: Tracey Cardenas
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Tracey Cardenas graduated from Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute in 2012 as a Medical Assistant. She joined Greater Danbury Community Health Center (GDCHC) in May 2016, initially worked in Internal Medicine at our North Street site for two years and recently joined SBHC/GDCHC at Danbury High School in January 2019. Prior to joining GDCHC she worked with the disable for four years at Ability Beyond as a Life Skill Instructor and Medical Support Assistant. She is excited to be part of Danbury High School SBHC team and looks forward to working with school staff and students.

School Based Health Center Manager: Melanie Bonjour
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Melanie joined the Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. in July 2013 immediately after retiring from 34 years of service as a Public Health Educator and Health Center Coordinator for the City of Danbury. She earned a BS degree in School and Community Health Education and a Master’s in Public Administration from Western CT State University. Her most notable achievement has been securing funding to establish Danbury’s first School Based Health Center in 1994. 

Danbury High School Based Health Center (SBHC) is the first SBHC to open in the Danbury School District, 1994.  It is a licensed clinic that provides medical and mental health services to students who have a SBHC Permission Form on file.  A parent or guardian must complete a consent which gives the staff permission to work with your child.  It is open from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm when school is in session.  We do not replace your medical providers but strive to keep students healthy, in school, and successful by providing on-site medical and mental health services.  All insurances are accepted and we do not charge any co-pay. We also accept any uninsured students while at Danbury High School, REACH, or ACE. An added benefit is that parents can often remain at work while their child is being seen at the SBHC. Permission Form is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.  Please fill it out in ink and sign at the bottom of BOTH pages.  Complete the history on the back page.  See Privacy Notice.


  • Physical Exams, Immunizations
  • Sick Visits: diagnose & treat illnesses such as strep throat, Mono, ear infections, rashes, headaches,
    injuries, allergies
  • Chronic Disease care such as asthma, eczema
  • Health Education & Prevention Services
  • Nutrition Education & Weight Management
  • Husky Information
  • Social/Community/Medical referrals
  • Therapy and mental health counseling for a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, academic and family-related issues and other issues of adolescence.
  • Prescription and dispensing of medications, lab testing
  • Dental services are provided on a limited basis which include exams, cleanings, X-rays, sealants, fillings, and extractions done by a dentist and/or dental hygienist. A separate SBHC dental consent is required.