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About Us

STEP UP Westmoreland is built upon the foundation that mental wellness is essential for the safety and success of all students.

To improve school safety and security, the Westmoreland County Office of Behavioral Health/Developmental Services, the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit and the Westmoreland County School Districts created a network that builds confidence, resilience and optimism among students, while also removing barriers to critically-needed mental health intervention services.


STEP UP Westmoreland provides an innovative network of support that brings a universal and unique approach to providing mental health resources to our schools, students and their families.


Classroom and digital training options address topics such as wellness and prevention in areas of:


  • Managing bullying and threats

  • Stress and anxiety management

  • Depression and suicide prevention

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Stigma and barriers to mental wellness

  • Brain and psychological health

  • Self-advocacy

  • Resiliency

Our Goals:

  • Increase access to mental health supports

  • Promote early identification and intervention

  • Create a supportive environment

  • Improve student self-advocacy

  • Reduce risk of school violence 

  • Establish a County-Wide network of collaboration and best practices with educational and behavioral health stakeholders

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