Assessment of student and family needs, and linking students and families to school and community-based services
Mental Health Counseling and Support Groups
On-site individual, family, crisis intervention, and group counseling services are provided by a mental health clinician and Student Assistant Specialist. Support groups on a variety of topics are offered upon request and in response to student needs.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Substance abuse counseling is provided onsite for students, as well as substance abuse prevention education and referrals to outside agencies.
Referrals for Health Care and Basic Needs Assistance
Healthy Start staff assist students and families in accessing local resources for medical, dental, and vision care as well as basic needs services (i.e. food, shelter, clothing, transportation, emergency financial assistance) A small closet is also maintained onsite to assist students who need clean and warm clothing and personal hygiene. Healthy Start supplies on need basis, if you are in need simply go into the Healthy Start office and tell them what you are in need of and sign in.
Tutoring, Mentoring, and Dropout Prevention
Healthy Start staff assist to link students to appropriate academic resources, such as academic counseling, after school tutoring, and Trio.
Emergency Student Assistance
Special support services are available to link homeless or displaced students with community resources for shelter. Healthy Start also provides emergency clothing, bus passes, and school supplies for students in need.
Healthy Start Referrals
The Supervision office does their best to refer students to Healthy Start for treatment when they are having trouble with some event in their life. The determination of being referred is based on if the students are interested in in talking with someone of if their parents feel they need support. All referrals to Healthy Start are optional and must have parent consent to receive services.
What Healthy Start does for Teen Parents and Pregnant Teens
- Resources from the outside agency
- Provides information for workshop within the community for parents and/or infant/toddlers
- Mentors for individual parents and group sessions from the Master program at Stanislaus State
- Mentoring the teen parents and pregnant teens
- Provide class speakers
- Provide clothing/food and others needs for pregnant teens and teen parents
- Resources for individual teen parents and pregnant teens
- Help with filling out paperwork for individual teen parents/pregnant teens
- Resources for teachers working with teen parents and pregnant teens
- Provide curriculum and guest speakers for the pregnant minor program and parenting class
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
Healthy Start is available to students enrolled at Downey High School, their families, and the surrounding communities.