Student Assistance Services News

September 2021

Student Assistance Specialists (SASs) have expertise in the mental health and substance use field. They have master’s degrees in Social Work or Counseling and most are licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions as Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors or Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners. As members of the Unified Mental Health Team, Student Assistance Specialists support LCPS initiatives that promote student connectedness, enhance student resilience and educate about mental health and substance use issues. We provide educational presentations for students and parents, restorative practices, individualized and group support, referral services, coordination with providers, staff development and consultation with parents and staff.


To find your school's SAS assignment, visit our website: https://www.lcps.org/StudentAssistanceServices

meet our team!

We have been busy this summer expanding the Student Assistance team. We are excited to welcome a group of professionals who bring with them a wide range of clinical experience and many years in the field of mental health and substance use prevention and treatment. Most importantly, a larger team means more opportunity to support the mission of improving student overall well-being. We will now be able to provide almost a 1:1 ratio of Student Assistance Specialists to school clusters. Since our team is growing and our school assignments are changing, we'd like to introduce and re-introduce ourselves. Meet the team below!

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Education and Support Resources

These resources are not maintained or endorsed by Loudoun County Public Schools. LCPS is providing them as a helpful resource but is not responsible for their content.

Increase Your Knowledge

https://www.lcps.org/Page/223622 - Parent/Student SUD information

https://www.lcps.org/Page/201540 - Alcohol Information

https://www.lcps.org/Page/184676 - Drug Information

https://www.lcps.org/Page/201538 - Tobacco and E-Cig Information

https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/ - Easy-to-read drug facts

https://www.truthinitiative.org - Tobacco and Nicotine education, advocacy and cessation resources

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/comorbidity/covid-19-resources - COVID-19 & Substance Use

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X20303992—Stanford study on vaping increasing COVID-19 risk

https://www.dea.gov/factsheets - DEA website - drug-specific information, pill identifiers, social media trends

https://www.addictionpolicy.org/addiction-a-z— Addiction Policy Forum website—provides educational videos and articles

https://starttalkingnow.org/ - Education and tips for parents on talking to their children about substance use

Support for you as a Loved One

https://www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org/ - Resource for families

https://drugfree.org/article/online-support-community-for-parents-caregivers/ - Online Support Community for parents/caregivers

https://www.alanondistrict10.org/ - Support for family members of someone struggling with addiction—Zoom meetings

https://www.alanondistrict10.org/zoom-meetings—Support for children of parents struggling with addiction—Zoom meetings

https://al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/mobile-app/ - Find online Alateen meetings

https://www.addictionpolicy.org/find-help—Addiction Policy Forum website for finding and navigating the treatment experience

Find a Treatment Provider

https://findtreatment.gov/ - SAMHSA treatment locator

1-800-662-HELP (4357) TTY: 1-800-487-4889
www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline - SAMSHA National Helpline

https://www.smartrecovery.org/smart-recovery-toolbox/smart-recovery-online/ - Online Recovery Community: Self-Management and Recovery Training

https://recoverydharma.org/- Recovery community based on Buddhist Principles, virtual meetings available

https://na.org/?ID=virtual_meetings—Virtual Narcotics Anonymous meetings

https://nvintergroup.org/ - Virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

https://www.lcps.org/Page/228303 - LCPS listing of community treatment providers

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