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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 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


Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC)

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Foothill Community Clinic:

Lighthouse of Hope


Bill Wilson Center CHAT Program -


Other Community Resources


EMQ Family’s First Crisis Hotline 408-379-3796

Alum Rock Counseling Center Mobile Crisis Unit 408-294-0579



Child Protective Services (CPS) 408-299-2071



Bill Wilson’s Centre for Living with Dying 408-243-0222


Emergency Shelter/Food/Clothing for Youth and Families

Bill Wilson Center (Youth & Young Adults) 408-243-0222

EHC Lifebulilders 408-539-2100

Inn Vision 408-292-4286

Catholic Charities 408-325-5277

Second Harvest Food Bank 1-800-984-3663

Loaves and Fishes 408-998-1500

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

Victim Witness Assistance Center 408-295-2656

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence


Substance Use/Abuse

Asian Americans for Community Involvement 408-975-2730

Asian American Recovery Services 408-271-3900

Alcoholics Anonymous

Al-anon and Alateen



Youth Space 408-343-7940

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)


Mental Health Agencies

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

Asian Americans for Community Involvement 408-975-2730

Alum Rock Counseling Center 408-294-0500

Almaden Valley Counseling Services 408-997-0200

Bill Wilson Center 408-243-0222

Catholic Charities 408-468-0100

Community Solutions 408-225-9163

EMQ Families First 408-379-3796

Gardner Family Health 408-918-2600


Starlight Community Services 408-284-9000


Legal Advocacy and Support for Youth in Santa Clara County

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) 408-293-4790

Victim Witness Assistance Center 408-295-2656


Health Insurance


Healthy Kids

Foothill Community Health Center

Kaiser Permanente

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 408-885-5000


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

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