Family Resources & Support

Hello, my name is Nicole Dickinson and I am the School Counselor at PHCSE.  I obtained my masters in social work from Rutgers University and my school counselor degree from Regent University. I have been part of the PHCSE family since 2014. When I first started at PHCSE, I only had my social work degree, however, went back to school and obtained my school counseling degree in 2017.  Overall, I have more than 17 years experience in the mental health field. I am happy to be part of the PHCSE team and family.

Ms. Nicole Dickinson, MSW
412-793-6471, X234

Awards & Recognition: Cards For Hospitalized Kids

Our School Counselor can provide you with resources that are available to those living in Allegheny County. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact:

PHCSE High School Transition It’s not too early to start planning for high school. In fact, you should be thinking, planning and acting NOW!

School Supportive Services

School Based TherapySAP Information LetterStudent Assistance ProgramSAP Permissions

Mon Yough Community Services

Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. FlyerRelease of Information UPMCMYCS School Based Therapy Referral Form

Academic Support Services (Gwen’s Girls)

Parent Video, Registration Form

Housing Information

Homeless Letter to Parents, Homeless Information PosterAllegheny Link, Pittsburgh Community Housing Information, LIHEAP, ( People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes.)

Mental Health Information

Suicide Prevention Lifeline, School AnxietySafe to Say Something Brochure, Mental Health Newsletter

Additional Resources 

PA State Law regarding Youth Homelessness

Bullying & Substance Abuse

Center for Parent and Teen Communication

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Find a local Food Bank Near You

Free Food Distribution Locator

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please click on the link below.

Crisis Counseling for families impacted by COVID-19

How Substances Affect Teens

Family and Addiction

Drug Use

Alcohol Use

We wanted to share an excellent and FREE resource that families may find useful. Attached is a flyer for 24/7 crisis tele-counseling for anyone who is struggling mentally or emotionally during these times. Please feel free to share the information in this flyer with anyone who might find it useful.

And, below are some additional resources that could be helpful for families during this time:

Mental Health in PA offers resources from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Pennsylvania Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741 

OMHSAS Support and Referral Line offers assistance 24/7 1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600)

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.