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Homeless Students: How SAP Can Help...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:39 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health

Children's Health Watch, in partnership with the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, recently released a new issue brief entitled Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health.

According to the brief, the earlier and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll on his or her brain and body functions and the greater the likelihood he or she will suffer from a stress-related chronic disease later in life. Based on data collected from more than 20,000 caregivers of low-income children with either government-provided or no health insurance, the brief found that prenatal and postnatal homelessness were associated with poor or fair health status, developmental risks, and a higher incidence of hospitalization. .

Visit http://www.nhc.org/Insights_CompoundingStress_final_LoRes.pdf<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwODA3LjQ3OTM5NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDgwNy40NzkzOTY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDA0ODc1JmVtYWlsaWQ9dGFyYXNsQHVwbWMuZWR1JnVzZXJpZD10YXJhc2xAdXBtYy5lZHUmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://www.nhc.org/Insights_CompoundingStress_final_LoRes.pdf> to download the brief.

PLEASE NOTE:  PDE has a brief for SAP Teams that can be accessed at:  http://www.sap.state.pa.us/uploadedfiles/SAPhomelesshandout-4-21-15.pdf

WHAT THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP) PROFESSIONALS CAN DO TO HELP STUDENTS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS:

1. As you work with the student, assist to remove barriers when possible to lessen the many burdens on these families/children by providing as stable a school environment and experience as possible. This area can be incorporated into the intervention plan so it's regularly monitored.

2. The student's SAP case manager should work closely with the school counselor and school nurse when behavioral and medical needs are observed, as homelessness can negatively impact the emotional/mental and physical health of the children. Review the child's need for counseling or other supportive services offered by school counselors or through referral.

3. Continue to include SAP, IST, SWPBIS and PBIS team members in communications and issues, as appropriate, related to any serious conditions of the student, to ensure teamwork and information sharing.

4. Utilize your district's homeless liaison as a resource in order to provide comprehensive services.

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
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