Below you can find a list of health resources on topics such as mental health, substance abuse/recovery and vaping/e-cigarettes.
This page will be periodically updated with more health resources and topics.
Interactive Map for Local Health & Wellness Resources
An interactive map of resources available within a 20+ mile radius of the Ichabod Crane Central School District. This includes doctors, mental health services, crisis services, transportation services, legal services, support groups, food pantries, etc. This interactive resource was created by Ichabod Crane Social Worker, Erin O’Connor-Slater.
VIDEO: Signs of Stress & Trauma That Parents Need to Know About
We invite Ichabod Crane families to watch a video presentation made by members of our Reopening Subcommittee on Student Social, Emotional and Mental Health: Signs of Stress & Trauma That Parents Need to Know About.
The presentation is led by subcommittee members Lina Baker Cortes (an Ichabod Crane parent & volunteer) and Timothy Farley (Ichabod Crane Middle School Co-Principal). This presentation will help you recognize signs of stress and trauma in students, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For the most engaging experience, download your own PDF version of the presentation slides below and follow along with the video.
Signs of Stress & Trauma That Parents Need to Know About
Watch Signs of Stress & Trauma That Parents Need to Know About embedded below or watch it on the Ichabod Crane YouTube here.
Narcan Availability During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Need Narcan? Information and Availability
- Due to the increase in overdoses, Greener Pathways and Greene County Family Planning have been working together to increase the Naloxone (Narcan) supply in the local surrounding communities.
Mental Health Resources
NY Project Hope
As children, parents, caregivers, faculty, and staff prepare for the upcoming new school year, please know that help is available for ALL New York residents through NY Project Hope. Call the statewide NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at 1-844-863-9314 any day from 8 am-10 pm to talk with trained crisis counselors who provide a listening ear, as well as information and referrals to a vast array of community resources. NY Project Hope Provider Agencies are also available in several NYS counties, offering free and confidential crisis counseling and linkages to local resources in those communities; click here to learn more! In addition, visit the NY Project Hope website to find coping tips and relaxation strategies, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more supportive information.
NY Project Hope is a statewide program of the NYS Office of Mental Health and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Local Mental Health Resources
- Columbia County Mental Health Center
- “Residents of Columbia County with accepted insurance may use the services of the Center.”
- Quick Fact Sheet about CCMHC Services
- Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties
- “Providing education and advocacy, and to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities.”
- Find a Mental Health Program Directory (New York State Office of Mental Health)
- “Searchable directory provides information on all programs in New York State that are operated, licensed or funded by the State Office of Mental Health (OMH).”
- Capital District Psychiatric Center (New York State Office of Mental Health)
- “Provides inpatient psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation to patients who have been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses and for whom brief or short-term treatment in a community hospital mental health unit has been unable to provide symptom stability.”
- School Mental Health and Resource Training Center
- “The Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) has established the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center to support all NYS public and private schools”
General Mental Health Resources
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Free, confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States
- Mental Health America
- “Much of our work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.”
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Free Support 24/7 – Text NAMI to 741741
- “Nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”
Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery Resources
Local Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery Resources
- Catholic Charities Prevention Newsletter – Spring 2021
- In the Spring 2021 issue of the Catholic Charities Prevention Newsletter, they discuss what risk and protective factors are and how we can understand them better to provide a positive environment for children at home and in our community.
- Columbia-Green Addiction Coalition
- “Explore your recovery supports, learn more about treatment options, as well as how to reduce risk while using.”
- Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition Events Calendar
- Guide to Addiction and Mental Health Services in Twin Counties (Columbia & Greene)
- Twin County Recovery Services
- “Substance use disorder is not only possible but that it should be within the reach of all citizens…TCRS will not refuse anyone services due to an inability to pay.”
- Greener Pathways
- “A program of Twin County Recovery Services with a focus on opioid and heroin addiction.”
- Weekend/Evening Hotline: 518-822-0090
- Free Daily Mobile Clinician: Online discussion every day (Monday–Friday) at 2 PM for anyone dealing with substance abuse and recovery. Click here to connect online using Zoom.
- Columbia County Pathways to Recovery
- “Made up of individuals who are in recovery from addiction, families and friends impacted by addiction, families who lost a loved one to addiction, and our friends and allies in the larger Columbia County.”
- Family Member Addiction Support Group (Our Wellness Collective)
- Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in Valatie, NY. Not a 12-step program, but for anyone interested in education around addiction and wellness with regular visits from community speakers.
- Friends of Recovery – New York
- “We offer guidance and support to assist communities in building a solid foundation for recovery at the local level.”
- Emergency Room Discharge Guide for Overdoses and Active Withdrawal
- Family to Family Recovery Resources Guide
- New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)
- “For help and hope call 1-877-8-HOPENY or text 467369. Free, confidential, 24/7.”
E-Cigarette, Vaping and Nicotine Resources
- Freedom from Smoking (American Lung Association)
- Program uses proven activities and tools to help you understand your own relationship with tobacco
- Truth Initiative: Quitting E-Cigarettes
- “Access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text “QUIT” to (202) 899-7550.”
- EX Smoker: Learn to Quit Smoking
- “A customized quit plan that learns and grows with you.”
- Public Health Law Center
- Facts about commercial tobacco product (including e-cigarettes) regulations in every state
- New York State Department of Health E-Cigarette Facts and Resources
- “Get the facts about electronic cigarettes and similar vapor products”
- Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and Young People (US Department of Health, Surgeon General)
- “Learn more about the risks e-cigarettes pose to youth and young adults – and share the facts using these Surgeon General’s Report resources.”
Parents as Partners Webinar Series Recordings
The webinars will continue monthly, on the dates listed below. Or, you can download a PDF of the schedule here. All webinars will run from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
August 31: “Returning to School: Help Your Child Have a Smooth Transition” from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Whether your child was fully remote or a had a hybrid schedule last year, there will likely be many things that will look different as September rolls around and we begin a new school year. Returning to school after summer vacation during a typical year is often anxiety provoking, but your child will probably be facing many unknowns that will require flexibility and resilience. During this webinar, learn three ways to help your child transition into a new school year with ease.
September 21: “Building Empathy and Compassion in Your Child”
The ability to have empathy, or identify with the feelings of another, is an important skill for making and keeping friends. Some of the best leaders are empathic and have compassion for themselves and for others. During this webinar, you will learn how to foster empathy in your child and help them to see the world through the eyes of others.
October 20: “You Must be at Your Best to do Your Best: Self-Care in Six Domains”
Parents and caregivers have one of the toughest (yet most rewarding) jobs on earth! Raising a family requires a lot of energy, patience and consistency, which can take a toll. With stress and anxiety levels at an all-time high, learn about the six areas of your life that require your care and attention, and leave with a plan to incorporate self-care into your days and weeks.
November 18: “Recognizing and Coping with Your Child’s Anxiety (and yours)”
At least 20% of children in this country have a diagnosable anxiety disorder, but anxiety can be hard to recognize because it often masquerades as anger or behavioral challenges. This workshop will show you what to look for, and how to recognize the different types of anxiety, as well as the six lies that anxiety tells. You will leave tips and strategies for helping your child cope with and overcome anxiety.
December 14: “Natural Ways to Boost your Mood and Improve Your Sleep”
During this webinar, you will learn about ways you can improve the quality of your sleep and ensure that you are getting the optimal amount of sleep each night. Your sleep habits have a direct impact on your physical and mental health. Dr. Bashant will also share 10 natural ways you can improve your mood as we weather the cold and darkness of winter. You will leave with specific ideas about how you can start feeling better right away
January 19: “When Stars and Stickers Don’t Work – Motivate Your Child from Within”
Motivation is a peculiar thing! Most of us were raised with behavioral reinforcement systems, such as earning TV time forgetting chores done and a little extra money for good grades on report cards. For some kids, systems like this work well enough, but for kids with challenging behavior, behavioral systems often make things worse! During this webinar, you will learn about the three aspects of intrinsic motivation, or being self-motivated, and how to implement them at home!
February 17: “Build the Cognitive Skills Your Child Needs to Succeed in School and Life”
According to over 40 years of neuroscience research, all challenging behavior can be linked to one or more cognitive skills that are lagging. The five cognitive skills that play a crucial role in behavior are (1) emotion regulation, (2)executive function, (3) cognitive flexibility, (4) language processing and (5) social skills. During this webinar, you will learn about each of these skills, how they contribute to challenging behavior, and what you can do to build these skills.
March 22: “Help Your Child Learn to Manage Strong Emotions”
Being able to recognize the physical warning signs and knowing how to regulate the body in order to manage strong emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness and even elation, are skills that must be developed and practiced. For some children, this is more challenging and emotion regulation strategies must be explicitly taught. During this webinar, you will learn how to use mindfulness, art, soothing music and physical activity to help your child develop a toolbox of strategies that work for him/her.
April 20: “Be Present, Be Curious and Be Understood with Mindful Parenting”
Truly listening with curiosity and the intention to understand another’s perspective is a gift you can give to your child. As parents, we often feel like we need to jump in and solve the problem when we see our children struggling. However, allowing your child to feel heard and understood is a powerful way to connect with them and show them support. During this webinar, you will learn the three steps of mindful communication and how this can open the door to a stronger relationship which is built on trust.
May 19: “Boost Your Child’s EQ: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Social Relationships”
Did you know that emotional intelligence is the number one quality that employers are seeking in new hires? Did you also know that emotional intelligence is not fixed, and can be developed? During this webinar, you will learn about the different aspects of EQ, and how you can help your child improve their emotional intelligence in order to improve their social skills and social relationships.
About Dr. Jennifer Bashant:
Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, founder of Building Better Futures LLC, is an Educational Consultant and Trainer, with the mission to provide educators with evidence-based strategies to reduce challenging behavior in the classroom, and therefore, have a positive impact on learning. She is extremely passionate about her work, which is evident in her high-energy, engaging trainings and in her ability to connect with educators in a compassionate and authentic way.
Jennifer provides training and embedded coaching to educators regarding the most behaviorally challenging students. Her approach is trauma-sensitive and strengths-based, and she seeks to foster collaborative relationships between educators and students as they work together as partners in learning. Jennifer has been trained in Collaborative Problem Solving and the Mindful Schools
curriculum for students ages kindergarten through grade 12.
As a certified DiSC Trainer and a certified EQ-i 2.0 Trainer, Jennifer also works with administrative teams, building leadership teams and teachers about emotional intelligence and how to communicate more effectively.