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CASSY is excited to share that we are one of three organizations to receive the “Impact Grant” in the amount of $45,000 from the 100 Women Foundation. Thank you 100 Women Foundation, we will put those funds to great use!

We are pleased to release our 2012-13 annual report. Our strategic priorities this year were to enhance our on-campus offering, satisfy our existing school partners, and reach more students. We’re proud of our achievements in these key areas. We extended our reach this year by adding Saratoga High School and six elementary schools in Milpitas. We also added additional days of service in both Palo Alto and Los Gatos. But even with all this growth, we haven’t forgotten the importance of providing the best care to our kids and families. Day in and day out the CASSY therapists provide hope. Whether a 16-year-old girl has just lost her mother or a 6-year-old boy has separation anxiety, we are there to help.

2012-13 Annual Report

CASSY is grateful to the Audrie Pott Foundation for  supporting our mission. In providing a $5,000 grant to CASSY, Larry Pott said, “If we were to start a counseling program, it would look just like CASSY. This organization has a great model which allows them to be on campus, free to the students, yet standing apart from the school and the school administration. It affords a comfortable communication channel for the kids and could not be more timely or easier for them to get to.” As a result of the Audrie Pott Foundation grant, CASSY also received an additional $10,000 donation from Amy Rao and Integrated Archive Systems, Inc in honor of Audrie.

Audrie Pott Foundation makes ‘something good out of something bad’

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka understands the investment Milpitas Unified School District is making on counseling and support services for its more than 10,000 students this school year is a big dollar amount. “But I think the return on this is tremendous,” he said at the June 25 Board of Education meeting. Trustees at that time approved a new contract with CASSY to serve all sites in the district except Spangler Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.

Investing in mental health services, support is worth the expense

CASSY is honored to have received grants from the Palo Alto Community Fund, Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Nick Traina Foundation to support our work in the Ravensood City School District. For the past three years, CASSY has partnered with the district to provide on-campus mental health services to all enrolled students at Costaño Elementary, Home of the 49er Academy and Ronald McNair Academy. Until the 2013-14 academic year, the district had been able to cover 100% of our program costs thanks to a three-year Department of Education School Improvement Grant. Despite the critical, ongoing need for social and emotional support, government funding has unfortunately ended. These four new grants will help keep CASSY on campus in the fall. 

East Palo Alto Youth Court (EPAYC) is a restorative justice program that offers a viable alternative to incarceration for youth offenders in East Palo Alto. EPAYC—a community-centered courtroom staffed by youth who are trained to serve as the attorneys, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks—helps youth understand the impact of their choices on themselves, their families, and the community at-large. Starting this past January, CASSY now provides assessments and offers ongoing counseling for youth respondents and their families. Providing these counseling services will encourage accountability, strengthen the sense of community, ensure successful completion of EPAYC, and promote responsibility and reparation.

Milpitas Unified School District continues to be proactive about its intervention, last week approving an additional contract to provide social and emotional support services at six elementary schools (Burnett, Curtner, Pomeroy, Randall, Sinnott and Weller) two days per week starting in January. The remaining three Milpitas elementary schools not being serviced through CASSY already have counseling services on site. 

Mental Health Services for Elementary Schools Become Reality

After the tragic loss of a 15-year-old student to suicide in mid September at Saratoga High School, CASSY therapists stepped in to offer social and emotional support on campus in the immediate aftermath of the crisis. Saratoga High School later decided to officially bring CASSY on board to provide ongoing support 20 hours per week.  Kim Cousens, a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with youth, now offers counseling services to the entire student body. She is also available for parent and staff consultation and is beginning a new peer counseling program at SHS based on one implemented at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

Mercury News Article (12/24/12)

Saratoga Patch article (12/11/12)

Palo Alto Weekly is kicking off its annual Holiday Fund drive and has chosen to spotlight CASSY’s early intervention work at Duveneck, Escondido, Juana Briones, Nixon, Ohlone and Walter Hays elementary schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District. As a two-time Holiday Fund grant recipient, we are honored by both the recognition and financial support the Weekly has provided us for our work in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

As Halloween approaches and the Bay Area celebrates the Giants’ World Series victory, we take great pride in releasing our latest annual report for the fiscal year which ended on June 30th. In CASSY’s first three years in business, the agency has grown rapidly while maintaining incredibly high quality of care standards. Our budget last year was over half a million dollars. We now employ 20 professional therapists. And most importantly, we have forged strong partnerships in East Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Milpitas, and Palo Alto to give students in those communities the social and emotional support they deserve.