School-based Counselor Receives C.A.R.E. Award from Hudson City School District - News Article

School-based Counselor Receives C.A.R.E. Award from Hudson City School District

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHASA), by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. As Summit County’s leader in mental and behavioral health services, Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) has developed programs and intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in our local community. As part of its school-based services, CG&FS offers counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy to students that includes support for co-occurring disorders, a condition where a person is dealing with substance abuse and a mental health issue.

The impact these services has was recently recognized by the Hudson City School District who selected Stephanie Collins, a CG&FS school-based therapist placed in Hudson High School, to receive a C.A.R.E (Chemical Abuse Reduced by Education) Award. The C.A.R.E. awards are given through a six educational compact made up of Stow-Munroe Falls, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Tallmadge, and Woodridge Schools and recognize individuals or organizations for outstanding and distinguished service in substance abuse prevention and intervention efforts. Each school district recognizes a school-based or community resident or organization.

According to the Hudson City School District’s nominating materials, Collins was selected in part for her positivity, professionalism and willingness to accept the most challenging assignments and assist with the most complex student situations. In addition, her tireless work ethic was noted for making a difference in the lives of students by providing the support and resources necessary for them to learn and grow in spite of significant obstacles.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this recognition of my role in Child Guidance & Family Solutions’ supportive counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy to students and support and consultation to school staff in the Hudson City Schools,” stated Collins. “I am very fortunate to work with two entities who recognize the importance and value of meeting the mental health needs of children in our communities.”

Collins has been with CG&FS for 18 years and has spent the last two years working exclusively in the Hudson City Schools. CG&FS’s school-based services are currently provided through eight public school districts in Summit County (Akron, Barberton, Copley-Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Hudson, Nordonia, and Stow-Munroe Falls), and at over 40 preschools throughout the area.

Child Guidance & Family Solutions touches the lives of thousands of kids in our region each year in its five clinical locations, on-site in eight area school systems, in medical facilities and area community sites, and in more over 30 pre-schools throughout Summit County. As a medical specialty practice, CG&FS provides mental and behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents and their families. Children who have witnessed violence, suffered abuse, been bullied or are facing challenges to growing up healthy in mind and body are helped by the professionals at CG&FS – child psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral therapists, counselors and case managers. CG&FS works closely with doctors, hospitals, school districts and the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board) to provide a safety net of services for children. For more information, visit www.cgfs.org.