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264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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Student Support Services

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Situations such as grief or loss, divorce, addiction, and chronic stress/anxiety can negatively impact a student's academic, emotional and social well-being. A drop in grades, irregular attendance, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, chronic disciplinary problems, etc., may indicate a need for the type of help that the PTHS SAP team will provide. 
 
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a service designed to help students who are having difficulty succeeding in or out of school. Referrals to the SAP team can be made by parents, teachers, administrators, or other students. The PTHS SAP team is composed of trained professionals that include teachers, counselors, principals, and nurses. The team meets regularly to identify students, gather information, develop interventions to assist the student, and partner with community agencies. All discussions and names are strictly confidential. Once a student is identified, a member of the SAP team contacts the family directly and the process moves forward with parental participation.  
 
Every member of the team is trained in the Student Assistance Model. For more information: http://pnsas.org/
 
If you would like to make a confidential referral, please fill out the SAP Referral Form and return it to a trusted faculty member and/or a member of the SAP team.  

Crisis Hotline

Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services (SPHS) provides a Crisis hotline with immediate response to callers on a 24/7 basis. The professional staff assists callers by offering assessment, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, crisis resolution and referral to a vast array of local agencies and support groups. All referrals for Crisis Intervention Services come through the Crisis hotline by calling 1-877-225-3567. The crisis center staff will determine priority and initial referral to the appropriate level of crisis services. 
 
Walk-in Crisis services are available 7 days/wk, 24 hours/day at the following location:   852B Henderson Ave., Washington, PA
 
Other locations (available M-F 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM only):
75 E. Maiden Street  &   250 Chamber Plaza
Washington PA                Charleroi, PA 

The Caring Place

Peer Support Groups for Greiving Students 
In response to a need expressed by many teachers and school administrators, in 2014 the Caring Place launched its newest initiative — peer support groups for grieving students held right in their own schools. Participants are able to express their feelings related to the death and to share memories of the person who died in a safe environment along with their greiving peers. Through this process, the children learn they are not alone, learn healthy coping mechanisms, and become familiar with peers in their school who understand what they are going through and can provide comradery & support.
The program was developed to address non-complicated grief of children and teens in elementary, middle and high schools within the school setting. Designed as a training model, Caring Place staff initially facilitate the group while teaching designated school personnel how to run the program themselves as the need for future groups arises in their school.
 
Did You Know?
A recent study conducted jointly by the American Federation of Teachers and the New York Life Foundation (2012) indicated that classroom teachers surveyed reported that students who have lost a parent or guardian typically exhibit:
  • Difficulty concentrating in class (observed by 87 percent of teachers)
  • Withdrawal/disengagement and less class participation (82 percent of teachers)
  • Absenteeism (72 percent of teachers)
  • Decrease in quality of work (68 percent of teachers)
  • Less reliability in turning in assignments (66 percent of teachers)
Which students can benefit from the program? Students who:
  • Have had a family member or friend die at any point of time in their lives
  • Have been identified by a designated staff person at their school as appropriate for a school-based group
  • Are not suffering from untreated symptoms of trauma related to the death
  • Can function appropriately in a peer support group
  • Have been given permission by their parent/guardian to participate in the group
For more information on school based peer groups or Caring Place, please contact Jeff Sudol or Vicky Cunningham at 724-941-6250 ext. 5518 or 5213.

National Prevention Suicide Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and cofidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Contact:  1-800-273-8255

Resolve Crisis Services

Organized by UPMC, Resolve Crisis Services are available 24-hrs a day. 
Crisis Hotline: 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (796-8226).  
Information & non-urgent matters: (412) 864-5004 or they can be reached via e-mail at resolve@upmc.edu 
 
Walk-in Crisis Services
333 N. Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 
 
More information can be found on their website 
 

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264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724.941.6250
Fax: 724.942.0915
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