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Summer Intersession Resources 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community,  

The last few years presented so many different situations and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. This year has brought forth new challenges that we have had to face as a community. We have pushed forward in navigating the effects of the pandemic and several local and national tragedies. In light of this, we must remember to take care of our own personal physical and mental wellbeing prior to or as we take care of others. Listed below are community tools and resources available to all. 

Chandler Unified School District will continue to work with community partners and experts in related fields to collaborate and ensure supports for CUSD students and families. We will be looking at national evidence-based models and scheduling community forums to address the mental health concerns of students in the upcoming school year. 

Additionally, as a district, we have plans to increase staffing in order to meet the physical and mental health needs of our students and families. CUSD has hired a prevention coordinator as well as a full-time director of safety to begin in the 2022-23 school year. Furthermore, additional funds will be utilized for programming and supports that address the needs of our students. 

Lastly, we are in partnership with notMYkid to host a virtual event on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pm to address mental health concerns in our community. Chandler Police Department and Fire Crisis Response Program will be participating as well as Teen Lifeline. Those in attendance will have the chance to ask questions, express considerations, and learn about supports within the community. Please click here to register for It Takes A Village: Exploring Community Resources In Challenging Times.  Click here for a copy of the "It Takes a Village" event flyer.

Resources and Tools

Crisis Hotlines (24/7, FREE, Confidential)

  • Maricopa Crisis Line (602) 222-9444
  • Crisis Text Line 741-741
  • Teen Lifeline (602) 248-8336
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth 1-866-488-7386 
  • Domestic Violence 800-799-7233 or Text “LOVEIS” to 22522

Information About Grief

For assistance on how to have a conversation with your child about grief or violence: 

We can all help prevent suicide. For more information on warning signs and risk factors:

If you are interested in locating mental health/counseling services for you or a loved one, below are some helpful places to start: 

Insurance Provider 

  • Your insurance company can assist in locating mental health providers covered in your plan. You can call the number on the back of your insurance card as well as visiting your insurance company's website. This will provide resources that are directly covered by your insurance.

Psychology Today

  • Psychology Today provides a database of local therapists, psychiatrists, treatment centers, and support groups. 

How to Use Psychology Today to find a Mental Health Provider: 

  1. Visit psychologytoday.com.
  2. Click on Find a Therapist.
  3. Use the dropdown to identify what you are looking for: 
    1. Therapists - mental health providers that provide counseling  
    2. Psychiatrists - mental health providers that prescribe medication  
    3. Treatment centers - specialized facilities to address substance abuse, eating disorders, inpatient treatment, etc. 
    4. Support Groups - individuals with similar challenges that meet together with a mental health provider 
  4. Enter the City or Zip Code where you would like to find a provider.  
  5. The search will generate a list of providers. You can use the tabs to narrow your search.  For example, you could click on insurance and identify that you have "United Health Care."
  6. Click on More and there will be options to identify preferences with language, ethnicity and others.  
  7. Click on Providers from the results to learn more about them, their practice, costs, insurances accepted, etc.  
  8. Once you find a provider, contact them via phone or email to make an appointment. Some providers will provide a free consultation to see if it is a good match.  
  9. Please note there are a variety of professions that are able to provide therapy, such as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), LMSW (Licensed Master Social Workers), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). 

notMYkid 

  • notMYkid is a non-profit organization and licensed outpatient mental health center providing in-person and virtual individual, group, and family therapy as well as peer support and group coaching for teens. Additionally, notMYkid can provide care coordination. 
  • For more information or to schedule a consult, click here to fill out the notMyKid pre-screening tool

​Chandler CARE Center

  • Chandler CARE Center is a resource facility providing access to medical, dental, counseling, and social services for families. Most services are free of charge.
  • Additional resources include food boxes, community referrals, parenting programs, immunizations, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) services.
    777 E. Galveston St. Chandler, AZ 85225
    (480) 812-7900

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

  • Southwest Behavioral & Health Services offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of families. Programs include inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment, in-home support, prevention services, and individual/group counseling.
  • Southwest Behavioral & Health Services is located within the Chandler CARE Center. Call (602) 351-6960 for more information or to make an appointment. 

A Friend Asks (App)

  • A Friend Asks is a free app from The Jason Foundation that provides tips and information on warning signs of suicide. Additionally, it gives information on how to ask if a friend is thinking about suicide, as well as the "Do’s and Don’ts" in seeking support. A Friend Asks app provides such resources to assist with gaining access to help.

We look forward to returning for the 2022-23 school year and continuing to care for our students and community!