Grand Island School District Family Support Services (FSS) Program is excited to offer a variety of programs to families with students in need of mental health support.  FSS has partnered with a variety of providers from the WNY community to offer students opportunities to engage in individual counseling sessions during the school day, at District Offce or within their school building. (Covid precautions have resulted in these services being delivered virtually, temporarily).  A clinician from Horizon Health Services is available on Tuesdays (at District Office) for students 12 and over, and Child and Family Services offers appointments on Thursdays and Fridays (at District Offce) for students of any age.  Gateway Longview has a clinician at Huth Road and Kaegebein on Fridays.

    Infomation and referrals to additional outside agencies and resources are also available in order to meet the needs of students and their families.  Needs may include, but are not limited to, behavioral concerns, mental health issues, parenting, marital issues and alcohol and/or substance abuse. 

    These servcies are coordinated by the counselors, psychologist and school social workers within each building.  These individuals then send referrals to Jessica Hutchings, the District Social Worker.  Family Support Services will accept referrals from faculty, staff, students and families.

    If families are inquiring about counseling or other resources for their children they should contact the appropriate social worker or counselor directly.

    It is our hope that Family Support Services will expand and provide easier accessibilitly to esssential support services for both our students and their families in an effort to further promote healthy families and academic success.

    Please see the list below to determine who to contact if you are interested in counseling for your child.   


    Heather LaPier - High School Social Worker

    Jessica Hutchings - Middle School Social Worker 

    Juliann McGrath - Elementary School Counselor


    FSS also runs a monthly webinar series.  Each month, a brief video is distributed via email to all our families in the district (via a YouTube link).  Parents can view thse videos at their own convenience and reach out to the presenter privately via email if they have questions or concerns.   Please visit the FSS Virtual Office to find the most recent video link. 

    If you are interested in learning more about what the Family Support Services Program offers to families and the community, please contact Jessica Hutchings at jessicahutchings@gicsd.org or call 716-773-8844.


    Family Support Service Virtual Office 


    Important Phone Numbers:

    • Spectrum (Kids) Cares: 716-882-4357
    • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline, Erie County Crisis Services:  716-834-3131
    • 24 Addiction Hotline, Buffalo and Erie County:  716-831-7007


    Mental Health Resources 

    • Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County
    • The Trevor Project - National Hotline for LGBTQ Youth


    Drug and Alcohol Education, Intervention and Treatment 

    • Kids Escaping Drugs = Education, Early Intervention, Inpatient Treatment
    • Horizon Health Services - Outpatient Treatment 


    Domestic Violence 

    • Family Justice Center