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Student Support Center Staff Contact Information

Leah Cohen, MSW, PPSC  

School Social Worker

Google Voice/Text 408.827.1909

Office: 408.928.9582


Jennifer Gutierrez, MSW, PPSC

ED Social Worker

Phone:  408.928.9554





Chat4Teens  - Instant Help through Instant Messaging

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

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Student Support Center

How do I make a referral?

Fill out an online referral form that 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.

Mission of the SSSP

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

Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

updated 08.29.17

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.

Agencies on Site

Other Community Resources



Emergency Shelter/Food/Clothing for Youth and Families

To Register as Homeless with East Side Union High School District:

Contact Rose Ortiz 408-347-5202

Victim of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence or Crime

YWCA of Silicon Valley

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

Substance Use/Abuse


  • Youth Space 408-343-7940
  • PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Mental Health Agencies

Legal Advocacy and Support for Youth in Santa Clara County

Health Insurance