There are approximately 16 million children diagnosed with a mental disorder such as ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, or depression–and 38% have experienced more than one type of traumatic event, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, societal pressures and environmental factors present challenges to the overall well-being of young people. Students and families may experience a time where social and emotional support is warranted. Fresno Unified School District has services throughout the district offered by trained staff at various school sites that can provide the appropriate supportive services.
Who we are:
Clinical School Social Workers work with students and families to address barriers to learning such as challenges with academics, attendance, behavior, mental health, and the home/environment.
What do we do:
Clinical School Social Workers provided evidence-based interventions and services including:
- School-wide Interventions
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Case Management
- Crisis Intervention
- Supportive Counseling
Make a referral:
Reasons for referrals may include: Behavioral concerns, family/home concerns, mental health concerns, substance use, peer relations, LGBTQ+ related stressors, homelessness, foster care, or other reasons impacting a student’s social/emotional health. Please make a referral using the following form:
Target Social Emotional and Mental Health Referral
Project ACCESS (Achievement in Core Curriculum for Equity and Student Success)
Project ACCESS serves schools, families, and the community by providing support and advocacy that enable students to become college and career-ready graduates.
Project ACCESS offers families & students who are currently in transition the opportunity to apply for services and to receive assistance upon meeting criteria. Students in foster care automatically receive Project ACCESS services and have the right to remain at their school of origin if it is in the student’s best interest. The McKinney-Vento Act defined homelessness as “lacking a fixed, regular, stable & adequate nighttime residence.” Foster/Homeless students have a right to attend and receive a free appropriate public education. Our staff works to ensure the student’s academic and social emotional needs are met and to provide additional support.
Clinical School Social Worker (serving all students)
(559) 451-4059 Alicia.Stoutemire@fresnounifed.org
Clinical School Social Worker, Project ACCESS (serving foster care and homeless students)
(559) 451-4016 Jenny.Baquera@fresnounifed.org
- Domestic Violence Resources for Parents
- Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Wellness Calendar – English
- Mental Health Wellness Calendar – Spanish
- Parent’s Guide to Teen Dating Violence
- Suicide Prevention Video
- Suicide Prevention Brochure (English)
- Suicide Prevention Brochure (Spanish)
- Exodus Recovery Youth Crisis | (559) 512-8700
- Exodus is a 24-hour facility- -that provides crisis stabilization services for youth that are experiencing a mental health crisis. Services are on a walk-in, voluntary basis or youth who are on Welfare and Institutions Codes 5150.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline | (800) 273-TALK (8255)
- 24-hour crisis hotline for individuals who are contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide.
- Hopeline | Text “Hello” to 741741
- Free, confidential texting to a trained crisis counselor. Texts are free for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
- Central Valley Suicide Prevention Lifeline | Call or text 988
- Free, confidential emotional support services.
- Trevor Project | Call 1-866-488-7386 or Text “Start” to 678-678
- If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free.