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School-based health center at Penn Yan Elementary coming together

The Penn Yan Central School District is moving forward with a school-based health center.

At their elementary school it should be up-and-running by next year. That said, dental services could begin soon at the school.

Mary Zelazny, chief executive officer of Finger Lakes Community Health, said the organization has submitted a dental application to the state Department of Health as part of the school-based center, which would eventually provide medical and behavioral health services as well, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

“Currently, the state requires a separate application — which is much easier and shorter — for dental services,” she told the FLT. “For the medical/behavioral health services, the application process is a much bigger deal in that we have to send in a lot of information, policies, facility footprint, etc.”

Finger Lakes Community Health is working to to start a school-based center for students.