Student Assistance Program

SAP Brochure The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is part of the statewide Department of Education initiative known as Student Assistance Programs. Public schools in the State of Pennsylvania are required to provide a team of faculty members including administrators, counselors, teachers, and school nurses. The team meets on a regular basis to evaluate concerns from students, faculty members and parents with regard to students who may be exhibiting poor academic performance due to mental health or drug and alcohol related issues. The Student Assistance Program gathers information from teachers, counselors, and administrators to determine if the concern expressed by the referral source is an isolated occurrence or is impacting the students ability to function in all areas of his or her academic program. Once it has been determined that there is a suspected problem that is impeding the student's progress in school, the team contacts the parents to set up an intervention, at which time all of the objective data is presented an discussed and parents are given referral options.

This team, and the program as a whole statewide, has been very successful in helping a great number of students and their families deal with behaviors and problems that have contributed to decreased lack of success in school.

For more information, please see the SAP Brochure (PDF).