Independence Academy Resources
Thank you for visiting our website and staying connected with our school. During this unprecedented time we want to be sure that you have access to as many resources as possible. Below we hope you find some helpful links for online resources that can assist you in a variety of ways both during this challenging time but also at any point you and/or your family are looking for resources beyond Independence Academy. Our goal is to keep this resource page updated and relevant. Please feel free to share any issues you have with any of the links below.
Students should be checking their teachers’ google classroom on a regular basis. Students should also be checking their own emails as well for regular communication from the school. All students have been provided with the login information for a daily Advisory class on www.zoom.com. We are not posting that information here as we do not want it to be available to the public. If you need that information or you have trouble accessing Zoom, please email me and I will help you with that.
News Sources for COVID-19 updates:
For online/virtual recovery support meetings:
Adolescent Treatment Facilities
- www.helplinema.org – The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential.
- www.newportacademy.com – At Newport Academy, we believe in sustainable healing. We bring teens from self-destruction to self-esteem by treating the underlying causes of maladaptive and high-risk behavior. We treat individuals, ages 12-20, struggling with teenage depression, teen anxiety, eating disorders, teen trauma, teen dual diagnosis, and teenage substance abuse. Newport Academy is a different kind of teen rehab center. Through our clinical expertise and holistic care, we empower teens and restore families. We are a teen treatment center that provides the safety, support, and, above all, the unconditional love that teens and their families need to heal.
- http://www.communityhealthlink.org/chl/substance-abuse-treatment-and-recovery-programs/adolescent-substance-abuse-treatment/myr-menu – MYR is a 12-bed acute detoxification and stabilization program for adolescents 13-18 years old. While at MYR, clients are medically monitored 24 hours a day and receive a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, treatment and aftercare planning from a multidisciplinary treatment team comprised of psychiatrists, master’s level clinicians, registered nurses, case managers, and counselors.
Community Supports and Resources
- https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-children-families – MA Department of Children and Families (DCF) – Regional office contact information
- www.masspartnership.com – Mobile Crisis – the statewide Emergency Services Program (ESP) provides 24/7/365 crisis help – without you having to go to a hospital emergency room.
- www.24hrpower.com – 24 Hr. Power, Inc. is a non-profit which promotes hope and healing for recovering addicts/alcoholics, their families, friends, supports, and their communities with Recovery Graffiti. 24 Hr. Power, Inc. helps lessen stigma, promotes awareness of the opioid crisis, and creates fun, creative, sober activities that engage recovering addicts/alcoholics in healthy sobriety. 24 Hr. Power, Inc. offers local artists in recovery a unique opportunity to give back. Many of our students and alumni have participated in 24 Hr. Power events with Susie and have had a blast!
- www.centerforintegrativecounselingandwellness.com – The Center for Integrative Counseling and Wellness is a group of multi-disciplinary specialists dedicated to improving your psychological health and well-being. Our services, all available in one convenient location, range from traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry, to holistic approaches such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and nutrition counseling.
- https://interface.williamjames.edu/ – the William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in participating communities.
- www.healthsherpa.com – Top Government Benefits for Low-Income Families
- www.samhsa.gov – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency
- ww.mass.gov/info-details/dmh-young-adult-resource-guide-transition-aga-youth-services – DMH Young Adult Resource Guide Transition Age Youth Services
- www.thehome.org – Young Adult Resource Network (YARN) – The home for little wanderers
- www.ppal.net – TAY (Transition Age Youth) Parent Professional Advocacy League
- www.bamsi.org – Parent Information Network – BAMSI
- mass.gov/info-details/dds-family-support-centers – DDS Family Support Centers
Health and Wellness Resources
- www.thephoenix.org – The Phoenix’s mission is to build sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover and live. Now offering free online classes.
- https://afsp.org/campaigns/covid-19/ – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- www.psy-ed.com – This website has a wide range of information about topics related to mental health, COVID-19 specific emotional support/ guidance, and learning differences. Particularly now that students are needing to assess academic work from home, students and parents may really benefit from the wide range of the information on this website.
Supplemental Resources to Support your Student’s Progress at Home
- www.khanacademy.org – You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.
- https://www.collegeboard.org – Great information about college search and SAT testing including online practice.
- www.edgenuity.com – All students know their user name and password and should be working on their class daily. Mrs. Cuevas is available to work with students individually to make accommodations such as oral tests and quizzes. Students can reach her via text, phone, email, or Zoom office hours. She is also available to work with students individually via Zoom.
- www.nctsn.org – These resources are from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With COVID-19 (available in English, Spanish and Mandarin)
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
- Taking Care of Yourself
- https://www.yourfreecareertest.com/top-10/ – Great website with a wide variety of career related information from free interest inventory, college planning terms and information, to career research. It also has good information related to COVID-19.