School Social Work Services


What is a School Social Worker?

School social workers are trained mental health professionals with an advanced degree in social work who provide a variety of services to students, families, schools, and the community. School Social Workers intervene to identify and eliminate social, emotional, behavioral barriers to students’ academic success and overall social-emotional development.


What do School Social Workers do?


School Social Workers help STUDENTS:

  1. Feel empowered to maximize their educational opportunities
  2. Develop coping skills to manage feelings (stress, worry, anger, etc.)
  3. Manage conflict in a healthy manner
  4. Develop decision making skills
  5. Cope with crisis situations

School Social Workers help PARENTS:

  1. Link to appropriate resources in the community when medical interventions, therapy, or other specialized services are required
  2. Participate effectively in their children’s education
  3. Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
  4. Understand and access programs available to students with special needs
  5. Access and utilize school and community resources effectively


School Social Workers help SCHOOLS:

  1. Communicate with teachers, administrators, counselors and other staff to understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.)
  2. Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of students
  3. Assist with identification, assessment, and eligibility determination for students requiring Individualized Education Plans and 504 Accommodation Plans
  4. Monitor progress and address social/emotional goals of students receiving special education services
  5. Promote a safe school environment
  6. Create and deliver professional development or in-service training


School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

  1. Understand school policies, programs and practices
  2. Minimize those environmental factors that inhibit learning
  3. Identify and link to resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
  4. Collaborate and advocate to benefit students and families


Belleville East School Social Workers


Laurie Gray, MSW, LCSW

Phone: 618-222-3743

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Neilie Sternau, MSW, LCSW

Phone: 618-222-3749 

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Rashida McKinley, EdD, LPC

Phone:  618-222-3766

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Scott Neufeld-Wall, MSW, LCSW


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Individual School Based Services Offered at Belleville East

Chestnut Health Systems


School Based Groups Offered at Belleville East

Heartlinks Grief Center - Teen Grief Group (TAG)

Violence Prevention Center - Healthy Relationships Group



24 Hour Crisis Hotlines

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline                                               988  or  1-800-273-TALK

SAFE 2 HELP Illinois               https://www.safe2helpil.com/        Text: SAFE2   844-4-SAFEIL

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline                                                            1-800-252-2873

LGBTQ Trevor Project Lifeline                                                                1-866-488-7386

National Domestic Violence Hotline                                                        1-800-799-SAFE

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline                                                   1-800-656-HOPE

SAFE (Self Abuse Ends Now) Hotline                                                    1-800 DONT-CUT

Substance Abuse National Hotline                                                            1-800-662-HELP

KUTO Crisis Helpline                                                                             (314 or 888) 644-5886

Eating Disorder Awareness Line                                                             1-800-931-2237

Crisis Text Line                                                                                       Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Support Services

CARES line - mental health crisis screening (through Hoyleton)             1-800-345-9049

Chestnut Health Systems (Serving E. St. Clair/ S. Madison County.     618-397-0900          chestnut.org

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center (Serving W. St. Clair)           618-482-7330          cbhc1.org

Sexual Assault Victim Care Unit                                                             618-397-0975          callforhelp


Counseling / Mental Health Services

 Chestnut Health Systems                                                                       618-877-4420             

 Children’s Home and Aid Society                                                           618-235-5335

 Karla Smith Behavioral Health Foundation                                             618-877-4420

 Lutheran Child and Family Services                                                       1-800-363-5237       lcfs.org

 Catholic Family Services                                                                         618-394-5900         cfsstl.org

 Call for Help                                                                                            callforhelpinc.org

 Violence Prevention Center of Southwest Illinois                                    618-235-0892         vpcswi.org


Grief and Loss

 Heartlinks                                                                                                myheartlinks

 Annie’s Hope                                                                                           314-965-5015          annieshope


Bullying Information & Reporting

Bullying Referral Form and Information


Community Assistance

Utility Assistance

              Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)         liheapch.acf.gov          

Intergovernmental Grants Department                                                co.st-clair.il.us/departments/grants

            United Way 211                                                                           211

 Legal Services

              Land of Lincoln Legal Advice Services                                       618-394-7300            lollaf.org

              Land of Lincoln Debt Collection/Foreclosure                              855-601-9474            lollaf.org

 Mortgage Assistance

             Catholic Urban Programs- Holy Angels Shelter                          618-874-4079 


             Salvation Army - Belleville                                                         618-235-7378

             Law and Grace Ministries                                                          618-235-6977

             Community Interfaith Food Pantry                                             618-355-9199

             SNAP (Food Stamps)                                                                abe.illinois.gov

             St. Louis Area Food Bank                                                 http://www.stlfoodbank.org/snap

 Job Skills and Classes

             Society of St. Vincent de Paul                                                   618-394-0126             svdpsouthil

 Medical Testing

             Bethany Place                                                                           618-234-0291 x101

The Spot Youth Center, St. Louis                                             thespot.wustl.edu

  Homeless Services / Shelters

 Catholic Urban Programs- Holy Angels Shelter                                    618-398-5616

         1410 North 37th Street East Saint Louis, IL 62204

  Serving single women or women with children

 Salvation Army                                                                                     636-240-4969

1 William Booth Drive O’Fallon, IL 63366

Serving any homeless person or family   

 Oasis Women’s Shelter                                                                       618-465-1978

111 Market Street Alton, IL 62002

Serving women or women with children experiencing domestic violence

 The Lighthouse Shelter                                                                       618-993-8180

1101 North Madison Street Marion, IL 62959

Serving men, women and children

 LGBTQ Resources

LGBT National Help Center     LGBT National Help Center   1-800-246-7743                 

PFLAG Belleville                         pflag.org                                          618-977-5078   

The Rainbow Youth Hotline                                                                 1-877-5428984

The Trevor Project          The Trevor Project                                        1-866-4-U-TREVOR

LGBT Center of St. Louis       LGBT Center of St. Louis                      1-314-472-5428


 Parenting Resources

 Women, Infant and Children (WIC)                                                  fns.usda.gov/wic

 Planned Parenthood                                                                         618-277-6668

 Parents as Teachers                                                                         parentsasteachers.org

 24 Hour Breastfeeding Help                                                             314-424-3900

 Teen Pregnancy Center, St. Louis                                                    888-996-4894

 Substance Abuse

 Gateway Foundation                                                                        recovergateway.org

 Chestnut Health Systems                                                                  618-877-4420


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