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Phone: 831-786-8957

PV Prevention & Student Assistance

Pajaro Valley Unified School District works in partnership with the Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA).  PVPSA is a non-profit dedicated to providing prevention, education, training, and counseling services to families in Santa Cruz County.

PVPSA counselors work on-site to provide one-on-one or group counseling services to Aptos High School students that may be experiencing difficulties with alcohol, drugs, or self-harm.  The ultimate goal of PVPSA is to help students stay in school and succeed!

Counseling Services

Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Groups- provides group counseling services to students. Utilizes the evidence based 'Seven Challenges' curriculum to teach students decision making skills around different issues they face such as:

  • peer/social relationships
  • substances use
  • academic struggles.

The services are provided under minor consent and are voluntary.

Secondary Student Assistance Program (SAP) Counseling- provides individual mental health services to students to help them with numerous issues including:

  • school transitions
  • grief/loss
  • peer/family/school conflicts
  • drug/alcohol issues
  • anger management.

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Counseling- provides individual mental health services to students who have Medi-Cal insurance. Counselor assists:

  • abuse
  • grief
  • loss transitions.