Truancy Intervention is offered by the Greene County ESC to support districts with adhering to HB410. Truancy Interventionists focus on prevention, meeting with district and building personnel as well as students and/or parents prior to and after triggering for habitual truancy. A comprehensive team approach is taken with district personnel through ongoing communication and on-site team meetings to address any barriers to attendance.
Prevention Services Supervisor
Rachel Miller, M.Ed., LSW, OCPC, has been a part of the prevention team at the Greene County ESC since 2022. In 2023, Rachel became the Prevention Services Supervisor, overseeing both prevention and truancy services. Rachel is both an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and a Licensed Social Worker. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, and her Master of Education in School Counseling from Wright State University. Rachel has over ten years of experience working in the prevention field, and has spent the majority of her prevention career serving Greene County. Rachel is the co-chair of the Greene County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She has delivered trainings and education sessions on topics including suicide prevention, life skills, and substance use prevention. Rachel has also sat on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Prevention Professionals Association since 2020. She is passionate about helping build the capacity of prevention professionals in Greene County and across the state.
Amanda Opicka, LSW, has been a Truancy Interventionist for the Greene County ESC since 2022. Amanda holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work from Wright State University. She is also a Licensed Social Worker. Amanda started working with Greene County families in 2004, first for 6 years with Juvenile Court and then almost 13 years as a victim advocate with the Greene County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division. Amanda's current role within Greene County school districts is to help provide early intervention, support, and resources to improve overall attendance. As a member of Attendance Intervention Teams, Amanda helps to identify the barriers of attending school and connect students and parents to needed services within the buildings and within the community.
Gabrielle West, LSW, has been a Truancy Interventionist for the Greene County ESC since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Wright State University in 2018, and completed her Master's Degree in Social Work in the Advanced Standing program between Wright State University and Miami University in 2019. Gabrielle is also a Licensed Social Worker. Having previously worked in Montgomery County, as a Children Services Caseworker, Gabrielle has experience working with the court system and community agencies. During her experience as a City Connects School Coordinator through Clark County ESC, Gabrielle worked with students, teachers, and families to address behavioral and academic issues and to implement tiered levels of support. Gabrielle's current role within Greene County school districts is to help provide early intervention, support, and resources to improve overall attendance. As a member of Attendance Intervention Teams, Gabrielle helps to identify the barriers of attending school and connect students and parents to needed services within the buildings and within the community.