• 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
    • Depressed
    • Defying authority, both at home and at school
    • Acting aggressively
    • Lying
    • 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
    • Stress
    • 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

     

    Privacy

     

    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

    1-800-221-6333

    Bucks County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.

    www.bccadd.org

     

    CHILD ABUSE

    1-800-932-0313

    Pennsylvania CHILDLINE

     

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    1-800-220-8116

    A Woman’s Place

     

    HOMELESS

    1-800-810-4434

    American Red Cross – Lower Bucks County

     

    HORSHAM CLINIC

    1-800-237-4447

    Outpatient/inpatient MH counseling

     

    LENAPE VALLEY FOUNDATION

    Crisis Hotline

    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)

    1-800-675-6900; 215-343-6543

    Rape, sexual abuse & assault, crime victims

     

    RUNAWAYS

    1-800-RUNAWAY

    National Runaway Switchboard

     

    SUICIDE

    1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

    Suicide and Crisis Intervention Services

     

    AREA RESOURCES

     

    AL-ANON/ALATEEN INFORMATION

    215-222-5244

    www.al-anon.alateen.org

     

    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

    877-934-2522

     

    BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN & YOUTH

    SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY

    215-348-6900

    Protective services

     

    BUCKS COUNTY PEACE CENTERS

    215-750-7220

    Programs for at-risk youth (11 to 16)

     

    BUTTS COALITION

    215-345-3283

    Tobacco control

     

    CONTACT Bucks County

    215-355-6000 (Lower Bucks)

    Phone support from trained volunteers

     

    NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

    215-440-8400

    Support groups

     

    STEDMAN"S LABS

    215-639-8770

    Drug Testing

     

    TEEN MOTHERS PROGRAM

    YWCA OF BUCKS COUNTY

    215-953-7793

     

    TODAY, INC.

    215-968-4713

    Substance Abuse Counseling

     

    PA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    www.sap.state.pa.us