Family Support Services

April 2023

The Family Support Services Program is an initiative of the Town and BOE Wellness Committee. The program is designed to provide families of the Grand Island community with convenient and beneficial opportunities to link with various wellness supports and resources.

Updates on Existing Programs

Satelite Counseling Program

GICSD works with various agencies and practitioners to bring mental health professionals into the school district to provide counseling services for students before or after school or during the school day. When the satellite program is at capacity, students are referred to mental health providers in the community. Thus far this school year, approximately 90 students have been linked with counseling services through the Family Support Services Program.

The following agencies have counselors working at our satellite program

Education Wellness Series

FSS hosts a series of presentations throughout the school year in which families can learn about various topics from mental health professionals.

Check out the most recent presentation about Addictive Personality Traits:

Join us in May for a presentation by Kids Escaping Drugs:

Vaping: Cutting Edge Information Parents Need to Know

Wednesday, May 3rd, 6pm

GIHS Auditorium

Join us in person or virtually to learn about the most recent trends with teens who are vaping. The presenter will discuss which substances are being used and how to support your child if they are trying to cut back or quit. You will also have an opportunity to see some of the latest vape devices and paraphernalia.

This is a program you don't want to miss even if your child has never used a vape!

Upcoming Mental Health Trainings for Faculty

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Grand Island CSD is excited to begin the process of training faculty and staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid! According to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, "the course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations." The first group of stakeholders will be trained in April and will then participate in a Train the Trainer program so that the rest of our faculty and staff can begin to be trained.
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Questions About FSS?

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If you would like to learn more about the programs and services offered through FSS please review our website or contact Jessica Hutchings, District Social Worker.
Visit the FSS Virtual Office

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FSS Video Tutorial

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