General Info & Hotline Numbers


For more information on the HiSET (formerly GED) and preparation classes, visit DESE’s website at hiset.etc.org/test_takers
To take the test, a 16-year-old must have earned 16 high school credits and not be enrolled at a high school OR a student may test if he/she is 17 and has dropped out of high school.

Drop Out Law:
A law passed in July 2009 that states no child may drop out of school unless he/she is 17 years of age OR has earned 16 high school credits.

Any male turning 18 must register with the Selective Services. You can do this by going to www.sss.gov; it only takes a couple of minutes.


Missouri Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800-392-3738 or dss.mo.gov/cd/can.htm

TEEN LINE is a teen to teen crisis line that operates out of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. The helpline has been around for over 30 years and is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. TEEN LINE is staffed by thoroughly trained teen listeners who handle telephone calls, emails and texts concerning a wide variety of subjects including suicide, rape, child abuse, addictions, family problems and relationship conflicts. TEEN LINE is a place where teens can call and speak confidentially and anonymously with a trained peer about whatever they are experiencing. Call 800-852-8336 daily from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

MO School Violence Hotline is a free online resource to report bullying and school violence. There are also answers and tips for both students and parents regarding these issues. Go to www.schoolviolencehotline.com or call 866-748-7047 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Missouri Ask Listen Refer is a free online suicide prevention education program, which focuses on teaching how to handle a potential suicide threat. This program is anonymous, accessible 24 hours a day, and only takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Visit www.moasklistenrefer.org to take the training.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800662-HELP (4357) Available 24 hours a day. www.samhsa.gov

DRUGFREE: Toll-free help-line for parents (not a crisis line). Offersassistance to parents and other caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking. 10:00 am-6:00 pm Mon.-Fri. http://timetogethhelp.drugfree.org

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669): MO Tobacco Quitline. Telephone counseling and resource materials to assist individuals who want to quit smoking. http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/index.php

Need someone to talk to? Covenant House NINELINE is a number you can call to talk to trained counselors to help you with problems. They handle a variety of problems ranging from family issues, relationships, feelings, suicide, abuse, health, sex, drugs/alcohol, and running away. It’s free and is a resource for confidential guidance when young people have no where else to turn. The number is 1-800-999-9999.

Need help about dating violence, harassment, bullying, stalking, sexual abuse, orrape? Call the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service Hotline (24 hours a day/7 days a week) 573-634-4911 or 800-303-0013. Services are confidential.

Need to talk about being depressed/feeling suicidal? Help is available at the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255. The website is suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Missouri Kids First: child abuse information missourikidsfirst.org/

National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474, text "loveis" to 22522 orgo to lovisrespect.org/

Access to Crisis Intervention: The MO Dept. of Mental Health provides this line that is staffed by professionals who can respond to adults, youth and families experiencing a mental health crisis 24/7. Go to dmh.mo.gov/mentalillness/progs/acimap.htm