General Information

  • Social/Emotional Health | Homeless Education (McKinney-Vento)

    If this is a mental health emergency, please contact one of the following:

    Maricopa County Crisis Response Line: 602-222-9444
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
    AZ Teen Lifeline: 602-248-TEEN (8336)

    School Social Work Services:

    • Supports and advocates for the whole child’s educational, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
    • Knowledge of family systems theory in school social work practice.
    • Demonstrates understanding and sensitivity to serving culturally diverse populations.
    • Complies with legal mandates/laws and ethical standards that influence professional responsibilities, including but not limited to federal, state, county, and city statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances, and AFUHSD policies and procedures.
    • Demonstrates professional knowledge and engages in ongoing professional development in accordance with the National Association of Social Work Standards and Code of Ethics.
    • Maintains confidentiality of information regarding students, staff, parents, and school issues.
    • Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings.
    • Provide student crisis intervention.
    • Co-lead TMT with a school psychologist and/or school counselor.
    • Co-facilitate suicide prevention training for all staff groups.
    • Part of the district-level mobile crisis team A/B.
    • Consults regularly with school counselors and administration to provide recommendations as needed.
    • Develop and implement coping skills and problem solving strategies.
    • Provide one on one or group lessons related to executive functioning skills.
    • Provide ongoing support for homeless and foster care students.
    • Identify and support Mckinney-Vento students and connect them with available services (basic needs and school supplies).
    • Provide community outreach across district boundaries.
    • Coordinate immediate transportation with neighboring districts or private vendors.
    • Coordinate Homeless Youth Connection meetings.
    • Assess for mental health concerns and make appropriate referrals.
    • Conduct home visits when appropriate.
    • Provide case management for students and families requiring ongoing support through community resources and connections.
    • Identify and report child abuse and neglect.
    • Assist staff on mandating reporting protocols.
    • Collaborate with Department of Child Services on best interest determination meetings.
    • Collaborate with outside agencies such as behavioral health, probation, or private placements.