WHAT IS THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (S.A.P.)?

The S.A.P. is a confidential on-site program that provides services to students and families who are experiencing circumstances that are interfering with their education or quality of life.

WHO CAN USE THE SERVICES OF THE S.A.P.?

Students may refer themselves for services, or referrals can be made by a parent, sibling, friend, teacher, counselor, hall monitor or administrator. Basically, anyone with a concern may refer.

Students who want to talk about a concern may contact Student Assistance via email or phone, stop by the Student Assistance Center during the school day, ask a counselor or teacher to contact the Student Assistance Center for them, or simply leave a note under the door of the Student Assistance Center if the specialist is out of the building. The Student Assistance Center is in Room 249 at the Dakota Main Building, and Room 357 at the Ninth Grade Center.

Any parent can use the S.A.P. with or without a referral by calling the confidential direct line.

Students are offered an opportunity to participate in workshops that provide education on the effects of alcohol and other drugs, explore self-esteem issues, problem solve issues at home, discuss peer pressure, and build decision-making and coping skills.  The following student groups are available:

  • Concerned Persons – students who live with the alcohol or other drug use of a significant person in their life

  • Grief and LossStudents who have experienced the death of a loved one by accident or illness

  • Survivors of Suicide – Students who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide

  • Problem Solving – Students who are experiencing problems at home with parents or siblings that could be problem solved with a group setting

  • Transgender Youth and family Group – Meets 2nd Monday of each month from 4-6pm in the Community Room (parent group immediately following at 6pm)

Parents who are seeking support and education related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues for teens: contact us for individual support or come to our support group.  See below for additional resources!

 

CONTACT INFO

 

MAIN BUILDING - ROOM 249:

Stephanie Lange, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, CCS-M
slange@cvs.k12.mi.us
(586) 723-2872

NINTH GRADE CENTER - ROOM 357:

Laurie Black
lblack2@cvs.k12.mi.us
(586) 723-3331

 

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Local Professional Counseling/Therapy Referrals List

Macomb County Community Mental Health--expanded services including mental health, substance use, crisis line. ANY INSURANCE

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE:


       VAPING
 

       MARIJUANA
 

 

MENTAL HEALTH: 

 

  • KnowResolve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and preventing youth suicides through outreach, advocacy and education.

    • KnowResolve is proud to announce the opening of The SHED--an after-school center for teens, by teens.  Located near 23 Mile & Schoenherr, The SHED focuses on mental health and offers recreation activities, yoga and meditation, arts, drop-in counseling and support groups.  Click here to view the flyer with more information! (Currently closed--stay tuned!)

    • View the four circles of self-care from KnowResolve
  • FREE Adolescent Outreach Program provided by Macomb Family Services--Telehealth sessions offered by licensed therapists for students related to mental health, substances, goal-setting, emotional support and more.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
  • MyStrength.com--Personalized mental health support
  • Headspace: meditation & mindfulness resource
  • The Resilience Institute: animated videos highlight key skills and behaviors that support or risk our resilience and well-being
  • Child Mind InstituteExpert clinicians can do telehealth evaluations and treatment for ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders + a variety of other mental health resources!

 

The University of Michigan TRAILS program provides student/family-centered educational materials and resources related to ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & TRAUMA, along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based tips, strategies, and worksheets that you and your family may benefit from. 

Click the image below for more information about this program, or click on the resources linked below that we have identified as potentially beneficial for students and their families!

TRAILS Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students

CBT-BASED COPING STRATEGIES & WORKSHEETS:

 

LGBTQ STUDENT RESOURCES:

  • SUPPORT GROUPS at Dakota for ALL transgender youth & their families: VIEW FLYER for more information

  • Join the student-led GENDER & SEXUALITY ALLIANCE (GSA) at Dakota--We meet every other Tuesday after school in Room 249.  Email Mrs. Lange with questions: slange@cvs.k12.mi.us or call (586) 723-2872.  All are welcome.  GSA is not a support group--we are an advocacy and awareness group that welcomes all students!

  • ARE YOU TRYING TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD'S SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR IDENTITY?  COME TO A FREE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING FOR FAMILIES - Last Tuesday of the month at 7pm - Hope United Church of Christ 35127 Garfield, Clinton Twp. MI  48035

  • Website: Understanding Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

  • SAFE SPACES Program

This is safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies.

 

OTHER RESOURCES:


 

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STUDENT ASSISTANCE STAFF

 

Stephanie Lange, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CCS-M
Dakota High School
Student Assistance Specialist
slange@cvs.k12.mi.us
(586) 723-2872

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Laurie Black
Dakota High School Ninth Grade Center
Student Assistance Specialist
lblack2@cvs.k12.mi.us
(586) 723-3331

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