School Student Support Services

How We Help

AHM provides school-based student support services for elementary, middle, and high school students. A Student Support Services Counselor (SSSC) is located within the school, and can be easily accessed by students for a variety of needs. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, risk assessment, crisis intervention, classroom/teacher support, parent support, referrals to outside services, peer mediation, and positive youth development programming.

Student Support Services Counselors are master’s level therapists or school counselors who are professionals in the field of mental health. They are skilled in identifying a child’s needs, collaborating with school staff and parents, and offering interventions designed to support each student’s success. Our counselors are also active in the Juvenile Review Board, as well as on-going positive youth programming such as Power of Words, Peer Helpers, Freshman Orientation, Girl Power Camp, among others.

If your child is struggling, please reach out. We are here for you. Our counselors address these topics and more:

  • Counseling services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Assessment/referral to outside services
  • Support & SMART Recovery groups
  • Juvenile Review Board
  • Peer Helpers
  • Power of Words program
  • Collaboration & consultation with school staff
  • Collaboration with parents
  • Family-based interventions

By providing students direct access to a mental health professional, they can receive the necessary support, counseling, education and intervention to address their needs and enhance their overall well-being.

When to Reach Out

Contact the AHM Student Support Services Counselor
if your child is experiencing:

  • Difficulty with peer relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts/Self harm
  • Feeling overwhelmed/stressed
  • Difficulty adjusting to a new school
  • Bullying
  • Difficulty attending school or arriving on time (i.e.: truancy)
  • Disciplinary problems
  • Loss/Grief
  • Family conflict
  • Coping with long-term illness
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Managing mental health needs
  • Difficulty with school work
  • Eating disorders
  • Social, emotional & behavioral concerns
How to Access Services

Anyone can refer a student to the AHM Student Support Services Counselor. A parent may call the school or AHM to seek more information or to request services. School staff can request a student be seen by our counselors. A child may also request to see the SSSC at school. The Counselor will then seek parental consent for therapeutic services offered to their child within the school.

Master’s level and licensed therapists offer individual and family outpatient therapy by appointment throughout the calendar year. Therapists conduct intake assessments to identify needs, then work collaboratively with clients to develop treatment goals. For substance abuse services, AHM is proud to offer SMART Recovery groups for teens and friends & family members. To make a referral or to inquire about services, please call Megan Aldridge, LMFT, AHM Clinical Director, at (860) 228-9488.

Middle & High School Support Services

K-6 Support Services

Andover

Andover Elementary – Cheri Rivard-Lentz is available in the Andover Elementary School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  If you are an Andover parent and need to contact her, please call 860-742-7339, or email CheriR@ahmyouth.org 

RHAM Middle School – Deirdre Crowley is available at the RHAM Middle School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM Middle School parent and need to contact student support services, please call 860-228-9423 (Ext. 4707), or email Deirdre.Crowley@rhamschools.org.

RHAM High School– Nikki Knight is available at the RHAM High School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM High School parent and need to contact student support services, please email Nikki.Knight@rhamschools.org.

Columbia

Horace Porter School– Cheri Rivard-Lentz is available in the Columbia Elementary School on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  If you are a Columbia parent and you need to contact her, please call 860-228-9493 (Ext. 119), or email CheriR@ahmyouth.org .

RHAM Middle School – Deirdre Crowley is available at the RHAM Middle School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM Middle School parent and need to contact student support services, please call 860-228-9423 (Ext. 4707), or email Deirdre.Crowley@rhamschools.org.

RHAM High School– Nikki Knight is available at the RHAM High School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM High School parent and need to contact student support services, please email Nikki.Knight@rhamschools.org.

Hebron

Gilead Hill Elementary – Lauren Scharn is available in the Gilead Hill Elementary School.  If you are a Gilead Hill parent and need to contact her, please call 860-228-9458, or email LScharn@hebron.k12.ct.us.

Hebron Elementary – Lauren Scharn is available in the Hebron Elementary School.  If you are a Hebron parent and need to contact her, please call 860-228-9465, or email LScharn@hebron.k12.ct.us.

RHAM Middle School – Deirdre Crowley is available at the RHAM Middle School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM Middle School parent and need to contact student support services, please call 860-228-9423 (Ext. 4707), or email Deirdre.Crowley@rhamschools.org.

RHAM High School– Nikki Knight is available at the RHAM High School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM High School parent and need to contact student support services, please email Nikki.Knight@rhamschools.org.

Marlborough

Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall Elementary – Michele Thorn is available in the Marlborough Elementary School Monday through Friday.  If you are a Marlborough parent and need to contact her, please call 860-295-6220.  You may also contact Michele at mthorn@marlborough.k12.ct.us.

RHAM Middle School – Deirdre Crowley is available at the RHAM Middle School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM Middle School parent and need to contact student support services, please call 860-228-9423 (Ext. 4707), or email Deirdre.Crowley@rhamschools.org.

RHAM High School– Nikki Knight is available at the RHAM High School Monday through Friday.  If you are a RHAM High School parent and need to contact student support services, please email Nikki.Knight@rhamschools.org.

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