FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Grand Island School District Family Support Services (FSS) Program is excited to offer a variety of programs to families with students in need of mental health support. FSS is a joint endeavor of the Grand Island Central School District Board of Education and the Grand Island Town Board. FSS has partnered with a variety of providers from the WNY community to offer students opportunities to engage in individual counseling sessions during the school day, at the District Office, or within their school building. A clinician from Horizon Health Services is available on Mondays and Thursdays (at District Office) for students 13 and over. We will have a clinician from Mobile Counseling of New York at Huth and Kaegebein on Tuesdays to meet with students of any age. We have another clinician from Gateway on Fridays at Huth and Kaegebein to service our elementary students. We have a private practitioner on Tuesday afternoons to service all of our students. Lastly we have a private practitioner from Family and Child Services on Fridays, at District Office, to service all of our students.
Information and referrals to additional outside agencies and resources are also available in order to meet the needs of students and their families. Needs may include, but are not limited to, behavioral concerns, mental health issues, parenting, marital issues, and alcohol and/or substance abuse. FSS is also able to link families with temporary support for basic needs such as food and clothing.
These services are coordinated by the counselors, psychologists, and school social workers within each building and Jessica Hutchings, the District Social Worker. Family Support Services will accept referrals from faculty, staff, students, and families.
If families are inquiring about counseling or other resources for their children, they should contact the appropriate social worker or counselor directly.
It is our hope that Family Support Services will continue to expand and provide easier access to essential support services for both our students and their families in an effort to further promote healthy families and academic success.
Please see the list below to determine who to contact if you are interested in counseling for your child.
Brodie Kaiser - High School Social Worker
Jessica Hutchings - Middle School Social Worker
Alyssa Cino and Rebecca Conlan - Elementary School Counselors
Brocton Funke – High School/Sidway Social Worker
FSS also runs an educational series on emotional wellness. Parents will have many opportunities throughout the school year to participate in these events virtually or in-person (when Covid guidelines permit). Please visit the FSS Virtual Office to see when upcoming events are scheduled.