Resource Guide

Emotional Health and Well-Being
Counseling, Psychological & Social Work Supportive Services
Our school counselors, psychologists, and social workers conduct check-ins and offer individual and group counseling services to help our students with academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Contacts for these services are Mrs. Carolyn Welshonce, School Social Worker (7-12),724-625-3111, ext. 2227; Dr. Taylour Kimmel, school psychologist (K-6), Dr. Missy Ramirez, school psychologist (7-12); and Dr. Maura Paczan, Lead Psychologist District-Wide, can be reached at 724-443-7230, ext. 6500.

School-Based Mental Health Counseling
Students in grades K-12 can access outpatient mental health services both in school and through telehealth through a partnership with Holy Family Services. New intakes for outpatient referrals can be completed by contacting either your school counselor and/or Holy Family Services at 412-766-9020, ext. 1222.

SAPStudent Assistance Program (SAP)
Students in grades K-12 are supported through this systematic team approach to navigate school and mental health resources for families and remove barriers to a child’s learning and mental health treatment. You can find information about Pine-Richland’s SAP and team members for each school building along with resource numbers here: Student Assistance Program / Overview.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention (K-12)
We encourage all parents, school staff, and students to review the Preventing Youth Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs. Students who are experiencing suicidal ideation often do not directly seek help. Parents, school personnel, and students can help recognize the warning signs and observe changes in behavior. More information on what to look for and do can be found at CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, Pine-Richland Suicide Prevention and Intervention, and Immediate Crisis Help and Support

Grief Resources (K-12)
Pine-Richland partners with The Highmark Caring Place to provide support, grief resources and materials, consultation services, educational training, and peer support groups. Please reach out to your school counselor for assistance in getting started. 

Crisis Center North 
The district has a partnership with Crisis Center North to provide support to our students and families counseling services and supports who experienced trauma and/or violence.  

RamsWAYRAMS Way (K-12)
Pine-Richland has a district-wide positive behavioral support and intervention program - RAMS Way.
RAMS Way encourages a positive safe environment for both students and staff members,- both virtually and in person.  

Resources for Families (Food Resources, Child Care, Shelters, Unemployment Compensation, Utility Assistance, Medical Assistance, Internet Safety) The Pennsylvania Department of Education has a list of Resources to Support Families for support, services, and information that can help children and families with their basic needs. PA 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number and web resource for finding health and human services- for everyday needs and crisis situations.  



 What to Do and How to Get Help?

  • As a first option, we encourage our students to talk with one trusted adult at home and school.  
  • Call 911 if there is any indication that danger appears immediately.
  • Do NOT leave the child alone until his or her safety is made certain.  
  • Directly report a potential concern to the Northern Regional Police Department (911) or anonymously through The Pine-Richland TIPS Line: 724-449-TIPS (8477).
  • Safe2Say: 1-844-SAF2SAY or - This program operates 24/7 and allows one to report a secure and anonymous safety concern to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals before they hurt themselves and/or others. 
  • Resolve Crisis Network:  1-888-7-YOU CAN (1-888-796-8226) - All calls are answered 24/7 by a mental health counselor. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255 - All calls are answered 24/7 by a mental health counselor.
  • Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741-741 to text with a crisis counselor 24/7. The Crisis Text Line is similar to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other hotlines but allows those in crisis to text in rather than call.