Exceptional Children's School Social Work
EC Social Workers support Union County Public Schools by strengthening the home/school/community partnership and addressing barriers to student learning.
Direct Services provided to students with disabilities and their families:
- Assess and address the needs of families
- IEP team participant, meet with parents individually, home visits, phone contacts made to help families get connected with community resources
- Referrals made to community agencies, advocacy with agencies on behalf of students and families, follow-up of services
- Case management is often necessary for students with involved situations, of separate settings (self-contained programs).
- Liaison for school/family with various community agencies: i.e.-Partners Behavioral Health), CAP-C and CAP-AD, Respite Providers, the ARC, etc.
- On call for crisis intervention
- Home visits as needed are made with the possible purpose of encouraging parents' involvement/attendance in the IEP process, student attendance issues, clarifying special education procedures, assessing medical and mental health needs/referrals, supplying resources for failed vision/hearing screenings
- Assist parents with outside placements and serve as an agency representative. Provide requested information to parents concerning various programs in N.C.
- Assist families with the process of legal guardianship for students attaining the age of 18
- Consultation and collaboration on behalf of students and families in other responsibilities within the EC department and with other school staff
- Coordinate 4-H clubs sponsored holiday parties, Operation Arc Angel wish lists, and nominations
If you have a question and/or a concern and would like to be contacted by one of the EC School Social Workers, please click the confidential link below:
Say Something App Reporting System (SS-ARS) students and adults can easily and completely confidentially report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Tips can be submitted 24/7 through the website, app, or by phone, and a crisis center reviews and sends all submissions to law enforcement and/or school administration for intervention.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Optum has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line at 866-342-6892 for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress around COVID-19.
Partners Crisis Line (mental health referrals-multiple languages) 1-888-235-HOPE (4673).
DayMark Mobile Engagement (Mental Health Crisis 24/7) 1-866-275-9552
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 2252
Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Adult Education Series
Counseling/Therapy Centers/Mental Health Resources
Financial Needs/Emergency Assistance
Transition to Adulthood