Student Support Services


Our commitment: The mission of the Center for Student Support Services is to strengthen schools and communities by preparing individuals for successful and healthy futures through education, skill building and community connections.

Our work: To this end, the Center offers services, programs and resources to assist schools in assuring students come to school ready to learn and have a safe learning environment. Ultimately, the goal is to impart attitudes and skills that will provide a foundation for students' lifetime success.

The Center has enjoyed significant growth since early 2015. Expansion has come through a pair of competitive federal grants providing $5 million in new services.

Specific programs offered by the Center include:

Behavioral Health Services

School-based mental health therapists were previously deployed in a consortium of 15 high-need schools. Students received continuous mental health counseling, referrals and educational services. In addition, school staff in recipient schools received PBIS, complex trauma, and other training. Because of this grant funded work, NEWESD 101 is currently pursuing licensure to be able to provide behavioral health services to interested schools through a blended funding model.

Community Coalitions 

The goal of each coalition is to empower the communities that they serve through education and substance abuse prevention strategies that promote safe and healthy environments for individuals, families and neighborhoods by addressing risk and protective factors for such behaviors and by providing an opportunity for positive community involvement. 

Education Advocate Program

Student assistance educational advocates work with students in middle schools and high schools to increase academic performance and school engagement. Project goals include increasing credits earned, improving grades earned and assisting students in achieving high school graduation. The program also supports students, as appropriate, in earning a GED and pursuing vocational training and employment.

Safety Center 

When emergencies or crises occur in local schools, NEWESD 101’s Safety Center is available to provide immediate, caring support for students and staff alike. Professionals are available to help set up emergency protocols through the first steps of crisis management and with strategic planning.

School Counseling Cooperative

Elementary school counselors are deployed in seven rural schools in Lincoln and Whitman counties. Counselors work with other school stakeholders -- including teachers, administrators, and families -- in developing comprehensive services and early warning systems to identify struggling students. 

Student Assistance Program

This initiative places Student Assistance Professionals (SAP's) in schools to implement comprehensive programs to address substance abuse issues that impact individual students, peer culture and the school climate.

Suicide Prevention

 NEWESD 101 has developed a suicide prevention protocol to provide guidance to school districts when responding to and intervening with students experiencing acute distress, including suicide attempts. The protocol also offer guidelines to school-level teams in the aftermath of a death by suicide. This protocol is essential for schools to respond in an organized, timely, and compassionate way. 


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Mona Griffin

(509) 789-3585