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SDUHSD is committed to supporting students' safety, and well-being while they are learning. Reaching and teaching the whole child to ensure that all students are included, engaged, and challenged is of the utmost importance.
Attending to the behavioral health needs of our students is one way we can ensure the safety of our students and support them in achieving their educational and personal goals. The Health Services, Nutrition Services, Pupil Services, Special Education and Student Support Services teams all work collaboratively with other departments and directly with school staff to address student needs.
Schools participate in ongoing activities and programs to promote connectedness such as Community and Field Days, Mentoring, New Student Orientations, Peer Leaders, Health Campaigns, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Prevention, Student Groups, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Responsible Use of Social Media, Red and Yellow Ribbon Weeks. Please visit school websites directly for contacts, event calendars and more information.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
California Assembly Bill 2022 requires schools to notify pupils and parents or guardians of pupils of how to initiate access to available pupil mental health services on campus or in the community.
Many families will begin with their health insurance for physical and mental health needs and referrals. There is further information about Healthy Families and Medi-Cal for Families as well as Voluntary Student Accident Insurance as part of Enrollment from Health Services.
If your student needs support at school, our schools have trained professional staff members, including school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, nurses, teachers and administrators who are available to support students during the school day. If you have a non-emergency social-emotional concern about a student, the school counselor is your first contact for assistance.
The relationship between students and school counseling staff requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence. Student privacy and confidentiality are respected - students must trust the school staff member to have meaningful and honest dialogue. Specific exceptions to confidentiality exist in which school support staff must inform others of information obtained from students in order to prevent harm to students themselves or others, and if it is legally required. More information about healthcare for adolescents can be found at http://teenhealthlaw.org/.
Please visit the school website for more information about where to find campus parent and student resources and services, and how to access student support services at that school.
For further mental health support, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a confidential online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special request. Care Solace is available for use by San Dieguito families at no cost. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely.