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Dakota Student Assistance

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.


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 virtually: Parents from 6-7pm and teens from 7:15-8:15pm.

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!

Feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or referrals.


Stephanie Lange, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC, CCS-M
(586) 723-2872


Laurie Black
(586) 723-3331

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Local Professional Counseling/Therapy Referrals List









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

    • Detour Project is an expressive art program designed to give teens the tools and skills needed to start a creative practice that will help improve their overall well-being. These workshops and activities help relieve stress, create a sense of purpose and connection, and most importantly… they are FUN! LEARN MORE
  • mental health support
  • Headspace: meditation & mindfulness resource
  • 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!

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  • 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 Monday after school in Room 249.  Email Mrs. Lange with questions: 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

  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counselor. Free and confidential.

  • SAFE SPACES Program:

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




Student Assistance Staff are moderators of Coalition Teen Council (CTC), a youth organization at Dakota that focuses on the education and prevention of youth substance use, as well as the promotion of positive mental health & the prevention of youth suicide.

CTC is the youth representation of our larger Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth & Families comprised of educators, community agencies, health organizations, the police, religious organizations and more, all with a stake in the promotion of youth physical and mental well-being.

Click the logos below to visit the Coalition Teen Council & Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth & Families websites.


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Stephanie Lange, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CCS-M
Dakota High School
Student Assistance Specialist
(586) 723-2872

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Laurie Black
Dakota High School Ninth Grade Center
Student Assistance Specialist
(586) 723-3331

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