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Welcome to the
Community Resources Page

The purpose of this page is to provide resources for students and parents who may find themselves in different situations. This page should not be confused with the Community page where Flyers, for example, are posted.

PA Get Help Now, the new toll-free hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is available 24/7 throughout the Commonwealth to help those suffering from addiction find immediate help.

The goal is to help an individual find immediate help through one phone call, saving someone in crisis the struggle of making multiple calls. The hotline is saving lives, as evidenced by the results of its first few days of operation, when it received almost 200 calls and referred those callers for help.

When an individual calls the hotline requesting help, he or she will talk to a person who can provide assistance, including a screening for emergent care, and a direct “warm transfer” to a treatment provider. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by First Choice Health System, Inc., a call center experienced in helping people access behavioral health services. The hotline will be expanded to include an online chat and teletypewriter (TTY) features.

Reports from the call center will be provided to DDAP and shared with Single County Authorities (SCA) and providers. Some general data will be shared on the DDAP website.

This initiative, provided by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, is an additional tool to help individuals and families in need of immediate detox and/or treatment for substance use disorder. It is another example of how Governor Tom Wolf is making the fight against the opioid crisis a top priority in his administration.

The word homeless typically does not bring to mind images of children and youth, but the reality is many homeless people are under the age of 18.  U.S. estimates reflect nearly 1.4 million children every year.  Some are part of families, while others are on their own. 

The Dover Area School District strives to ensure that the educational needs of homeless children and youth are addressed so that they have an opportunity to participate and be successful in school.  Additionally, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which is federal law, addresses potential educational challenges created by homelessness and guarantees homeless children a free and appropriate education without barriers to their enrollment as well as the opportunity to go to the school attended when permanently housed or where last enrolled. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Basic Education Circular provides additional guidance regarding public school enrollment and provisions that are available.

PDF DocumentPennsylvania Department of Education Basic Education Circular

The Act directs school districts to appoint a liaison to work with homeless students and their families, serving as a resource for assistance. For assistance, concerns, or questions, please contact the district's homeless liaison at (717) 292-3671 ext. 80113. 

Additionally, the following websites will provide information for families and students regarding the definition of homeless as applied to students, the education rights and opportunities for parents/students, and the access to possible resources:

Google DocWelcome to Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)
External LinkYork County Homeless Assistance Program  
External LinkPennslyvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
External LinkNational Center for Homeless Education

External Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment, & Recovery Resources in PA