Substance Awareness Prevention

The District now has two Student Assistance Coordinators/Counselors that are based in the Middle School & High School that serve as a resource to staff, students and parents.  The GMS & GHS SAC will also assist the Elementary Schools in the areas of Substance Abuse and will be contacted by the Elementary School Principal when it is relevant. 

Student Assistance Coordinators/Counselors (SACs) are school based intervention specialists who provide services to students in need of help for a variety of concerns including mental health issues, substance abuse, family problems and other social/emotional or behavioral problems.  Other responsibilities include the development and implementation of District Substance Abuse Prevention Programs and as a resource person to staff and parents on outside referrals to locate treatment agencies. The program educates on the harmful effects of Drugs and Alcohol.

Academic problems are often caused by underlying issues such as personal or family addictions, depression, anxiety, or peer relationships. We know that schools are often on the front line in addressing these issues and providing support and interventions for students and their families.


The Coordinators/Counselors work very closely with the Garfield Police Department and other groups such as the Garfield Prevention Coalition in providing resources, prevention strategies and so much more for our community.


 
Garfield Middle School
Mrs. Jessica-Ribaudo-Piskuloski
Student Assistance Coordinator/Counselor (SAC)
  
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 

Garfield High School
Mr. Alvin Bush
Student Assistance Coordinator/Counselor (SAC)
Email: [email protected]
Phone:

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