The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (PGCDSS) functions as the lead agency for the Community Resource Advocate Program under the TNI@School: Prince George's Community Schools Network. This program places full time Department employees called Community Resource Advocates or CRAs in 40 schools located in the TNI neighborhoods identified by the County and School System as needing additional supports.
The Community Resource Advocate Program is designed to ensure that families receive services and supports necessary to address social and/or emotional issues that may negatively affect a child’s ability to attend school fully available to learn.
Once a Community Resource Advocate (CRA) determines the needs of the student and family, their main role is to connect children, youth, and families to services and supports both inside and outside the Department.
Remove barriers to academic success Offer food security/income stabilization Connect to community resources Create protective environments for children Assist with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Needs
Support improved academic performance
Develop, implement, and support school wide initiatives on specific topics/issues relevant to student success and family stability
Possible Reason for Referrals
Suspected Mental Health/Substance Use concerns
Economic support (Transportation, Food Shelter, etc.)
Academic Support not related to a disability (Tutors/Mentors)
Health Care Concerns
Liaison between Prince George's County Foster Care and the SChool
Who Can Refer
Any School Staff Member
How To Refer
Complete a TNI@School Referral Form and submit it to the schools CRA
After The Referral
Initial Contact Made with Parent/Guardian/Student
CANS Comprehensive Needs Assessment (face-to-face) is completed
Address needs identified by assessment, and provide case management and referral services
Follow-up throughout the school year to ensure student/family stability
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