My name is Jennifer Hite, I started here at New Paltz Highschool this September 2021! I am very excited to be here as it was my life long dream to be a school social worker. I have been a social worker for 20 years and feel that all of my experiences and previous positions will help me be a great asset to this wonderful school. I went to college in New Paltz and live near by as I love the area. I am here to help the students and families address any social/emotional needs that may arise. If you would like to get in touch with me here is my contact info:
Jennifer Hite, LCSW-R
New Paltz High School Social Worker
130 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
I also would like to provide some resources for families and students in regards to mental health supports.
Mental Health Resources at school:
During school hours if you need any mental health support please come to:
- The social workers in suite 177, Lisa Watkins, Jennifer Hite and Angela Perez
- The school psychologist Mary Kay Fiore located in the Student Support Center.
- The guidance counselors: Jessica Bradley, Ben Shuchat and Stephanie Popper located in the Student Support Center.
- The Astor therapists, Anneke Eppleya and Natalie Gmora-Nyman who are located in the school for support or to ask questions.
We are here to help, listen and refer you to resources if needed. We are here for your social and emotional well being.
Mental Health Resources in the local and National community:
Call Mobile Mental Health for an at home assessment by a mental health counselor (not a physician), call 1-844-277-4820 between 10am – 10PM, 7 days a week.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support to people in distress – you don’t need to be suicidal to reach out to be connected with a crisis counselor. Crisis counselors who speak Spanish are available at 1-888-628-9454.
Crisis Text Line: If you prefer texting to talking on the phone, text MHA to 741-741 to be connected with a crisis counselor who will help you get through your big emotions.
The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Trained counselors are available 24/7 to youth in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free person to talk to. Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678-678
The NotOK App allows you to pre-select up to five contacts, and when you press a button in the app, it will text those contacts with your location and a message that says, “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me.” It’s a great way to let your support system know that you need some help, even if you can’t put it into words. Learn more at https://www.notokapp.com
Walk in Crisis Centers: Family of Woodstock in New Paltz at 51 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-255-8801. 24 hour Hotline in emergencies-845-338-2370.
Visit a Local Emergency Room to have a physician review your child, ask for a mental health review or psych-evaluation.
Visit the Stabilization Center 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Open 24 hours, 845-485-9700 if you prefer not to go to the emergency room.
Contact your Family Doctor and share what your child has been going through.
Call 911 in the case of an emergency.