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School Site Mental Health Providers

School Counselors

School Counselors support students in three domains; academic, college and career, and social-emotional. Social-emotional supports include individual counseling, conflict resolution, anger management, healthy relationships, depression/coping skills, family issues, grief/loss, anxiety/stress, drug/alcohol/tobacco use, peer pressure, life skills, self-esteem, bullying, suicide prevention, foster youth support, and community referrals.

Educational Social Workers

Educational Social Workers provide individual and group counseling to students in addition to providing parent and family support services. They support the mental health specialist role of our school counselors and school psychologists by serving as a crisis team member and supporting the risk assessment process.

Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS)

The Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS) Program provides intensive counseling services to students receiving Special Education services who are in
need of a higher level of support. Eligibility and the level of need are determined by the student’s IEP team. Counseling and assessment services are provided by a team of psychologists, mental health therapists, and social workers and are determined by the student's IEP goals and objectives. In addition, the ERICS program oversees residential treatment services for those students in need of the highest level of support.

School Based Mental Health Providers

The Antelope Valley Union High School District has partnered with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide mental health services to all students through local agencies within the Antelope Valley.

School Psychologists

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students receiving special education services, consult with teachers, families, and other mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies for students. They provide individual counseling and crisis counseling. They can make referrals to School-Based Mental Health agencies and outside community resources.

Student Support Coordinators

Student support coordinators are teachers that work directly with students in the Student Support Center. These coordinators use culturally relevant evidence-based curriculum to support student behavioral, social, emotional, and academic needs. These mentors run various small groups throughout the year, and they also provide one-on-one mentoring.

Antelope Valley Foster Youth Education Program (AVFYEP)

AVFYEP is a Tier 3 support for foster youth who are under the supervision of DCFS, as well as a valuable resource for staff. DCFS social workers are co-located at the following schools:

•    Antelope Valley High School
•    Eastside High School
•    Highland High School
•    Lancaster High School
•    Knight High School
•    Palmdale High School

FosterEd Partnership

FosterEd is an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) aimed at improving the educational experiences and outcomes of foster youth. The FosterEd educational Liaisons support our foster students on four of our campuses (PHS, HHS, EHS, and LnHS).

211 for Schools

211 LA provides resources throughout Los Angeles County. Resources include; legal services, food, healthcare, senior services, crisis services, family services, housing and shelter, transit services, mental health, income & employment, veteran services, utility assistance, disability services, LGBTQ, immigration, education resources. Just dial 2-1-1 or text SCHOOLS to 52-211. Please find 211 website at www.211.org.

Contact Us

Matthew Case
Director of Behavior Interventions
mcase@avhsd.org

Justin Prewitt
Coordinator of School Counseling
jprewitt@avhsd.org

Danitza Pantoja
Coordinator of Psychological Services
dpantoja@avhsd.org

Tracy Spitz
ERICS Program Coordinator
tspitz@avhsd.org

Jada Jackson
Coordinator of Student Services
jjackson@avhsd.org

Yasmin Dorado
Coordinator of Student Services McKinney Vento & Foster Youth
ydorado@avhsd.org