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:

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 - Parent/Student SUD information - Alcohol Information - Drug Information - Tobacco and E-Cig Information - Easy-to-read drug facts - Tobacco and Nicotine education, advocacy and cessation resources - COVID-19 & Substance Use—Stanford study on vaping increasing COVID-19 risk - DEA website - drug-specific information, pill identifiers, social media trends— Addiction Policy Forum website—provides educational videos and articles - Education and tips for parents on talking to their children about substance use

Support for you as a Loved One - Resource for families - Online Support Community for parents/caregivers - Support for family members of someone struggling with addiction—Zoom meetings—Support for children of parents struggling with addiction—Zoom meetings - Find online Alateen meetings—Addiction Policy Forum website for finding and navigating the treatment experience

Find a Treatment Provider - SAMHSA treatment locator

1-800-662-HELP (4357) TTY: 1-800-487-4889 - SAMSHA National Helpline - Online Recovery Community: Self-Management and Recovery Training Recovery community based on Buddhist Principles, virtual meetings available—Virtual Narcotics Anonymous meetings - Virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings - LCPS listing of community treatment providers

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