Healthy Choices Bulletin

Special Edition

The Healthy Choices Bulletin is a monthly summary of prevention resources for staff to use and share with students and families. Thoughts? Questions? Please send to Mary Krogh.

Marysol Jimenez, New District CADC

Marysol comes to the district after already providing valuable and effective partnership and services to PPS students, families and schools for many years through the Esperanza Juvenil Program, a culturally specific program of Central City Concern. Marysol is a CADC II and has worked for Central City Concern for a total of 12 years with a 2 year break when she lived in Seattle. While there she worked for the Gospel Mission of Seattle.

We are so excited to have her join the team at Student Success & Health and bring her depth of knowledge and experience in providing culturally responsive services to the team.

Elijah Joshua (Uncle E) - New District CADC

Uncle E will also be a familiar face to many PPS students, families and staff. He is well known and respected throughout the district for his skills in being able to build relationships and engage students and families. Most recently he was providing prevention services through the CHI (Community Healing Initiative) Program at POIC. Prior to that he worked for the Lifeworks REAL Program for seven years providing culturally focused services for Black youth and their families. In total he has over 15 years of experience providing substance use services and supports and holds a CADC II.

Uncle E brings energy and positivity to everything he does and we are so grateful to have him join Student Success & Health. Welcome to Wakanda!

Emma Sohriakoff - New District (relatively) CADC

SS&H welcomed Emma Sohriakoff, LCSW CADC III to our team last November. Emma comes to PPS from Providence Outpatient Counseling Program. Emma has over 10 years of experience delivering substance use and mental health services and has provided these services in Spanish and English. Emma has already been instrumental in helping to conceptualize a model of service delivery that is virtual, providing individualized services to students so they can successfully complete Insight and taking a leadership role in the creation of the documentation for services.

Accessing Services from the CADC's

What you need to know

The department of Student Success & Health is thrilled to have these amazing team members join us and wanted to share the specific services that they can offer to students, families and staff. We are all looking forward to the time when our students are back in buildings full time and at that point, this team may use a model that is more school specific, but until that time they are available to respond to referrals district-wide. Services that they can provide include;

  • Consultation with students, families and staff that is informational or focused on helping students and families connect with substance use treatment.

  • Individual counseling. We are not offering full fledged substance use treatment, but we can support students with treatment readiness, counseling around decision making, psychoeducation on substances and the impact they are having.

  • Individualized supports to complete Level A's.

  • Outreach and engagement of students when staff have concerns about potential substance use.

  • On-going support when students are returning to your school after substance use treatment.

  • Virtual support groups with a focus on elevating student identity.

How do you connect with these services???

Please complete this brief referral form.

Questions? Thoughts? Please feel free to reach out to individual team members or Mary Krogh 503-577-6104.

What's coming next?!?!

Please watch for details about upcoming services, including;

  • Virtual drop-in hours for families.
  • A virtual support group for families and caregivers responding to or worried about a child who may be using substances. (This is currently scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 25th)
  • Drop-in groups for students.

Do you have specific questions about any of these services? Please reach out to Mary Krogh.