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Student Support Center

Welcome to Independence High School’s Student Support Center

updated 08.16.16


Student Support Services Program (SSSP)


Mission of the SSSP

“Increase academic success by providing students and families with educational, personal and social support in a safe learning environment.”


The Student Support Center (SSC) is staffed by a School Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Interns, Community Based Organizations and works collaboratively with staff at the school site and District office.  


The SSC Provides a number of free and confidential* services and supports to the school community including:

   Crisis intervention, educationally related mental health counseling services, support, and case management.

   Building trusting relationships with students, families, and school personnel.

   Maintain the confidentiality of student and family.

   Home visits to understand and address barriers to learning.

   Linking students and families with school and community resources.

Family Support

   Collaborating with all school personnel to assess students’ social/emotional obstacles to academic success.

   Assist teachers and administrators in developing plans to help students with academic and behavior problems.

   Develop/facilitate/coordinate wellness prevention and intervention programs and activities.

*Some services may require parental consent


Issues that May Prompt a Student Support Center Referral:

  • Mental health issues

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Abuse or neglect

  • Lack of basic needs/homelessness

  • Pregnancy, teen parent needs

  • Change in academic performance

  • Chronic attendance or tardiness issues

  • Gang affiliations

  • Coping or social skills deficits

  • Facilitation of school-home-community communication

  • Student advocacy

  • Referral, monitoring, collaboration to and with community agencies

  • Staff support and/or development

  • Substance Abuse


When should I refer a student to the Student Support Center?

A student should be referred to the Student Support Center when the student shows signs of social and/or emotional difficulties, which are interfering with the student’s success at school.


How do I make a referral?

Fill out an online referral form http://forms.doc-tracking.com/48252/226260/1009that will be sent directly to the School Social Worker.  Referral forms are also available in the Student Support Center, located in D05.  Students can self-refer either online or in person.


Agencies on Site

AARS/Healthright360 http://www.aars.org

Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) http://www.alumrockcc.org

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) http://www.aaci.org

Foothill Community Clinic: http://www.sjffcc.org

Lighthouse of Hope  http://www.lighthouseofhopecc.org

UJIMA http://ujima4africa.org/home0.aspx

Bill Wilson Center CHAT Program - http://www.billwilsoncenter.org


Other Community Resources


EMQ Family’s First Crisis Hotline 408-379-3796 http://www.emqff.org

Alum Rock Counseling Center Mobile Crisis Unit 408-294-0579 http://www.alumrockcc.org



Child Protective Services (CPS) 408-299-2071 http://ag.ca.gov/childabuse/pdf/ss_8572.pdf



Bill Wilson’s Centre for Living with Dying 408-243-0222 http://www.billwilsoncenter.org


Emergency Shelter/Food/Clothing for Youth and Families

Bill Wilson Center (Youth & Young Adults) 408-243-0222 http://www.billwilsoncenter.org

EHC Lifebulilders 408-539-2100 http://www.ehclifebuilders.org

Inn Vision 408-292-4286 http://www.innvision.org

Catholic Charities 408-325-5277 http://www.catholicharitiescc.org

Second Harvest Food Bank 1-800-984-3663 http://www.shfb.org

Loaves and Fishes 408-998-1500 http://www.loavesfishes.org/cms/

To Register as Homeless with East Side Union High School District, Contact Rose Ortiz 408-347-5202 ortizr@esuhsd.org


Victim of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence or Crime

YWCA of Silicon Valley

Victim Witness Assistance Center 408-295-2656 http://www.svfaces.org/victim-witness.html

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence


Substance Use/Abuse

Asian Americans for Community Involvement 408-975-2730 http://www.aaci.org

Asian American Recovery Services 408-271-3900 http://www.aars.org

Alcoholics Anonymous http://aasanjose.org

Al-anon and Alateen http://www.al-anon.alateen.org



Youth Space 408-343-7940 http://youthspace.org

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) http://www.pflagsanjose.org


Mental Health Agencies

Medi-Cal County Mental Health Referral Line 1-800-704-0900

Asian Americans for Community Involvement 408-975-2730 http://www.aaci.org

Alum Rock Counseling Center 408-294-0500 http://www.alumrockcc.org

Almaden Valley Counseling Services 408-997-0200 http://www.avcounseling.org

Bill Wilson Center 408-243-0222 http://www.billwilsoncenter.org

Catholic Charities 408-468-0100 http://www.catholicharitiescc.org

Community Solutions 408-225-9163 http://www.communitysolutions.org

EMQ Families First 408-379-3796 http://www.emqff.org

Gardner Family Health 408-918-2600 http://www.gardnerfamilyhealth.org

REACH 1-855-2REACHUS http://www.reach4scc.org

Starlight Community Services 408-284-9000 http://www.starsinc.com/starlight.php


Legal Advocacy and Support for Youth in Santa Clara County

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) 408-293-4790 http://www.lawfoundation.org/lacyasp

Victim Witness Assistance Center 408-295-2656 http://www.svfaces.org/victim-witness.html


Health Insurance

Medi-Cal http://www.medi-cal.ca.gov

Healthy Kids http://www.scfhp.com

Foothill Community Health Center http://www.sjffcc.org

Kaiser Permanente https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/html/kaiser/index.shtml

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 408-885-5000 http://www.scvmc.org/Pages/home.aspx


Student Support Center Staff Contact Information

Leah Cohen, MSW, PPSC  

School Social Worker

Phone: 1.408.928.9582



Jennifer Gutierrez, MSW, PPSC

ED Social Worker

Phone:  408- 928-9554





Foothill Community Clinic Therapists
Cynthia Little, MFTi

Phone: 408-928-9937


Stacy Adams, MFTi

Phone: 408-928-9927


Bill Wilson Center Youth Hotline 24/7 1-888-247-7717

Chat4Teens  - Instant Help through Instant Messaging www.chat4teens.org

Youth Crisis Text Line - Text "listen" to 741-741

Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-855-278-4204

Parental Stress 24-hour Help 1-408-279-8228

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.