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Connellsville Area High School

Student Services

School-Based Therapy (Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services)

Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services offers School-Based Therapy within Connellsville Area Senior High School, and all other CASD schools.  School-based therapy can help your child learn coping strategies to improve their behavioral, emotional and/or social wellness.


Common issues may include:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Poor social skills
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Truancy




Teachers, counselors, principals, providers or parents may refer students for these services. To make a referral, please call your child's counselor. 



All counseling services are billed through student health insurance.


Student Assistance Program (SAP) The mission of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is to provide leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the commonwealth. Barriers to learning will be removed and student academic achievement will be enhanced through collaborative prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services. Now in its 28th year, SAP helps schools identify students who are experiencing behavior and or academic difficulties that are posing a barrier to their learning and success in school. SAP offers support to those students and their families.


To refer a student, please contact your child's school counselor.


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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency whose mission is to assist individuals with disabilites to prepare for and get a job. You may be eligible for OVR services based upon the special supports you have received in school.

Services provided by OVR may include:
  • Vocational counseling and guidance
  • Assessment of your vocational strengths and interests
  • Additional training and education
  • Physical Restoration services
  • Assistive Technology services
  • Job Placement including, if necessary, On-the-Job Training, Job Coaching, Supported Employment, Transitional Employment
  • Linkages to other agencies and services
If you think you may be interested in OVR services, please talk with your counselor or you may call OVR Counselor Jeff Kachmarek at 1-800-442-6367, ext. 247.

Outside Resources
Connellsville Area School District does not endorse specific programs. This is provided for informational purposes only.

If your child does not have health insurance, free or low-cost health care coverage is available through the PA Children's health Insurance Program: or call 1-800-986-KIDS. All inquiries are kept confidential.