S.A.F.E. -

Student Assistance and Family Empowerment

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 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. Tolentino (407-852-3200 ext. 610-2365). If you can not contact these people, please speak with an administrator, dean, counselor, teacher, or secretary at the 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
Addiction Receiving Facility     407-836-8800
Center For Drug Free Living   407-245-0016
Alcoholic Anonymous             407-521-0012
Al-Anon and Alateen(Family and Friend of Alcoholics)
     Orange County                     407-896-4929
     Lake and West Volusia          800-292-6489
     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                                                                                                                                          
Central Florida Behavioral Hospital   407-370-0111                                                                                                                   

Out-of-control/Runaway/Throwaway Youth
Great Oaks Youth Shelter   407-836-7626
MVP/Homeless     407-317-3200 

 
SOMETIMES young people face challenging issues:
•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


To contact the S.A.F.E. Coordinator at ORHS call Ms. Tolentino (407) 852-3200 ext. 610-236