Participants receive a health assessment
, needed health services, and guidance that promotes good health.
Each participant receives a health assessment conducted by a qualified medical practitioner that includes:
- an initial screening conducted within 24 hours of admission to identify the need for immediate medical care and assess for communicable disease;
- a medical examination within one year prior to or three days after admission; and
- dental, neurological, sight, hearing, and blood chemistry referrals if indicated.
When records from the most recent medical examinations are unavailable, or examinations are incomplete, the agency must ensure examinations are completed.
Note: The American Dental Association recommends that children and youth receive a dental examination every six months.
The record for each participant contains a medical history and written medical authorization stating that the participant is physically able to participate in program
Group leaders or other service personnel receive:
- relevant medical and psychiatric information, including immunizations and current health status; and
- pertinent medical information for off-site adventure-based activities.
Participants receive age-appropriate support and education regarding:
- sexual development;
- pregnancy prevention and responsible parenting; and
- prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Direct service workers promote good health habits and healthy living.