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SAFE

SAFE

 

Contact:  Mary Cole at mary.cole@ocps.net

Purpose

The Student Assistance and Family Empowerment Program, or SAFE, provides a comprehensive range of prevention and intervention services for students and their families at the elementary and secondary schools in the District. The focus is based on students' needs in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence prevention. A variety of curricula and programs are used to support that goal.

How to Get Help

To receive help from the SAFE Coordinator, contact Ms Cole.  If you can not contact her, please speak with an administrator, dean, counselor, teacher, or secretary at your school.

Referrals to SAFE usually arrive by:

  • Parents referring their children
  • Other students referring their friends
  • Students referring themselves
  • Teachers and other school staff members referring a student

For life threatening issues, call 911

Emergency Numbers

 

Child Abuse (Florida)
1-800-962-2873

Community Mental Health and Crisis Facility (Lakeside Alternative Center)
407-875-3700

Drug and Alcohol Problems
Alcoholic Anonymous
407-521-0012
Al-Anon and Alateen
(Family and Friend of Alcoholics)
Orange County 407-896-4929
Lake and West Volusia
1-800292-6489
Seminole County 407-425-5157

HIV/AIDS
Centaur
407-849-1452

Hospitals
Florida Hospital Center for Psychiatry 407-897-1800
University Behavioral Center
407-282-3000

Out-of-control/Runaway/Throwaway Youth
Great Oaks Youth Shelter
407-836-7626

 

Sometimes young people face challenging issues such as:

  • Violence
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce and family problems
  • Depression and suicide
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Cultural conflicts
  • Relationship problems
  • Drugs, tobacco and alcohol abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Cult and gang involvement
  • Child Abuse
  • Eating disorders and other Health issues
  • Conflicts leading to violence
  • HIV/Sexually transmitted infections
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Victims of Crime

HIGH-RISK INDICATORS

Look for several of these:

  • Academic Problems
  • Skipping school or suspended from school
  • Hyperactive, erratic or nervous behavior, mood swings
  • Sadness, depression, or withdrawal
  • Home or legal problems or changes in friends
  • Lack of concentration or motivation
  • Disruptive, defiant, violent behavior
  • Sleepy, disoriented, stumbling
  • Slurred speech, red eyes or dilated pupils
  • Eating disorder