Pupil Services
The Office of Pupil Services is responsible for the planning, developing, implementation, assessment and supervision of Pupil Personnel and Psychological Services programs in the District. The Pupil Services department oversees the reporting of student data as required by the Pa. Department of Education and the Federal Government. In addition to Child Accounting Requirements, this office assures that student information is confidential, that services are provided as delivered by Guidance Counselors, Nurses, Home and School Visitors, English as a Second Language and School Psychologists. Crisis management for all staff and students falls to Pupil Services staff in coordination with outside service agencies. 
Youth Suicide Awareness
According the the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among children age 10-24. 
Risk factors:
  • History of previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • History of depression or other mental illness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Stressful life event or loss
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
  • Incarceration

Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed, and their families and friends are left stigmatized. As a result, people do not communicate openly about suicide. Thus an important public health problem is left shrouded in secrecy, which limits the amount of information available to those working to prevent suicide.

The good news is that research over the last several decades has uncovered a wealth of information on the causes of suicide and on prevention strategies. Additionally, CDC is working to monitor the problem and develop programs to prevent youth suicide.

School Based ACCESS Program

What is School Based ACCESS?

The School-Based ACCESS Program (SBAP) is a partnership between the PA Department of Education (PDE) and the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW). School entities allowed to enroll as SBAP providers include Pennsylvania school districts, intermediate units, state-owned schools, approved private schools, and charter schools.

The School-Based ACCESS Program, or SBAP, allows Pennsylvania Local Education Agencies, or LEAs, to receive federal Medicaid reimbursement for providing IEP health-related services to Medical Assistance-eligible children as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP). All funds received are used to support the special education program and services in the School District of Haverford township.

SBAP is a cooperative efforts between the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and PDE's contractor.
Reimbursable services include:

 Assistive Devices 
 Personal Care Assistant
 Audiology  Physical Therapy
 IEP Development Physician
 Nursing (RN & LPN) Psychiatry
 Occupational Therapy  Psychology
 Orientation & Mobility Social Work
 Speech/Language Teacher of Hearing Impaired
 Special Transportation
There are many advantages to enrolling children in Medical Assistance, besides the obvious
Medical Assistance pays for wrap-around mental health services and other types of
services that are not routinely covered under private insurance. Some families will not
qualify for Medical Assistance or Social Security Income because the family income exceeds program limits.