(WPRI) -- As a result of Friday's tragedy in Newtown, a local school district and a pair of organizations are offering counseling for those affected emotionally.
The RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals is extending their services to anyone experiencing grief because of the school shooting.
Friends Way in Warwick also expressed to Eyewitness News that they're staffed to help those affected.
Principal Joseph Amaral of Portsmouth Middle School said his staff will be available for support starting on Monday:
- Members of the Crisis Intervention Team will be available to any student needing support on Monday.
- Teachers will be made aware to refer students to the Crisis Intervention Team if they feel that your child's demeanor is out of character or if your child shows signs of anxiety.
- If you feel after discussing this topic with your child that he/she needs additional support please contact the respective person on the Crisis Intervention Team:
- Grade 4/5 - Nelia Almeida; Guidance Counselor
- Grade 6 - Michelle Michno; Guidance Counselor
- Grade 7/8 - Francesca Faria; Guidance Counselor
- Nancy Souza - School Nurse Teacher
- Dr. Susan Curley - School Psychologist
- Jamie Toner - School Social Worker
More schools in the area may be offering similar services, contact your local public school for more information.
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