What is the CARES Program?
In Pennsylvania, every middle and high school and some elementary schools have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team, made up of school and community agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services. Council Rock SAP teams are called CARES teams (Children at Risk in the Educational System).
Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
- Withdrawing from family, friends and/or school
- Changing friends; no longer spends time with old friends
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority, both at home and at school
- Acting aggressively
- Needing money without an explanation
- Sudden drop in grades
- Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Reaction to:
- Recent death of a loved one
- Divorce/separation of parents
- Family relocation
- A relationship problem
- Other traumatic event
If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can assist. There may be times when you just don’t know how to help your child. That’s okay; someone else may know how to support you.
Don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking for help. When it’s needed, knowing how and where to find assistance can be overwhelming.
How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
Your school’s CARES team will help you find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, the community. We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Rather, we will provide you with information; you make the choices. Remember, you are part of our team. Our goal is to facilitate your child’s success in school.
Students come to the CARES team in different ways. There are a number of ways that a student might be referred for CARES intervention. For example, any school staff member, a student’s friend or family member can let the CARES team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can even go directly to the CARES team to ask for help.
Contacting Your School’s CARES Program
If you feel that your child may need help, call your child’s school and ask to speak with a member of the CARES team. Someone will be there to lend a hand.
- CRHS North Leigh Ann Doyle 215-944-1352
- CRHS South Irene Cavatore 215-944-1176
- Holland MS Brian Ludwig 215-944-2772
- Newtown MS Laurie Zila 215-944-2652
- Richboro MS Brian Ludwig 215-944-2772
- Sloan School Kevin Donnelly 215-944-4384
The CARES team and the school will respect you and your child’s privacy at all times.
Supported by: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Health and Public Welfare (9/05)
24 HOUR HOTLINES
ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS
Bucks County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.
A Woman’s Place
American Red Cross – Lower Bucks County
Outpatient/inpatient MH counseling
LENAPE VALLEY FOUNDATION
Doylestown area: 215-345-5327
Lower Bucks area: 215-785-9765
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
Bucks County: 1-800-499-7455
Penn Foundation: 1-800-245-7366
NOVA (NETWORK OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE)
Rape, sexual abuse & assault, crime victims
National Runaway Switchboard
Suicide and Crisis Intervention Services
BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN & YOUTH
SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY
BUCKS COUNTY PEACE CENTERS
Programs for at-risk youth (11 to 16)
CONTACT Bucks County
215-355-6000 (Lower Bucks)
Phone support from trained volunteers
TEEN MOTHERS PROGRAM
YWCA OF BUCKS COUNTY
Substance Abuse Counseling
PA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM