Social Services

Social 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

Mercy Behavioral Health

Family Links

Center for Victims of Violent Crimes

Allegheny Family Network

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Allegheny Children’s Initiative

Resolve Crisis

Focus on Attendance Partnership

Cactus Crisis (17 under)

Dept. of Human Services (CYF) Intake

Allegheny County Act 53 D & A

Caring Place

Community Psychiatric Centers

Click to download SAP brochure.

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