Social Services

Wilkinsburg STM 432Social Services

Teachers and other school personnel are often the first to recognize when a student is in trouble and needs help that goes beyond academic assistance. Teachers, guidance counselors, and school personnel play in referring students to social services. Listed below are a few of the many options available to families.


Student Assistance Program
Wilkinsburg’s Student Assistance Program is designed to assist parents and school personnel in identifying issues that pose as a barrier to a student’s learning and school success.  Some of these issues may include family stress, learning problems, drug & alcohol use, emotional and mental health problems and other personal issues.  Participation is voluntary with parental permission.

Student Assistance is not a treatment program, rather, it is a systematic process using effective and accountable professional techniques to mobilize school resources to remove the barriers to learning.  When the problem is beyond the scope of the school, SAP assists the parent and the student with information so they may access services within the community.

The Student Assistance Team members do not diagnose, treat or refer for treatment, but they may refer for an assessment for treatment.  It is the parent’s right to be involved in the process and to review all school records under applicable state and federal laws and regulations.  Parental involvement in all phases of the Student Assistance Program underscores the parent’s role and responsibility in the decision-making process affecting the child’s education and is the key to successful resolution of the problems.


Mrs. Dixon, Guidance Counselor, Kelly Elementary School – 412-371-9504 x2739
Ms. Jordan Manos, Guidance Counselor, Turner Elementary School – 412-871-2179
Mr. Graham, S.A.P. Coordinator, Kelly Elementary School – 412-371-9504 x2720
Mrs. Shawn Johnston, S.A.P. Coordinator, Turner Elementary School– 412-871-2285


Service Providers for Student Assistance Program:

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
412-624-1000

Mercy Behavioral Health
412-637-2924

Family Links
412-661-1800

Center for Victims of Violent Crimes
1-866-644-2882

Allegheny Family Network
412-246-2030

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
412-431-5665

Allegheny Children’s Initiative
412-390-3848

Resolve Crisis
1-888-796-8226

Focus on Attendance Partnership
412-871-2285

Cactus Crisis (17 under)
412-393-9946

Dept. of Human Services (CYF) Intake
412-473-2000

Allegheny County Act 53 D & A
412-350-3952

Caring Place
1-888-224-4673

Community Psychiatric Centers
412-241-5437


Click to download SAP brochure.

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