Student Assistance

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of Student and Safe School Services in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.

SAP is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning.  SAP team members are trained to identify problems, to determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.   When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student to access services within the community.  The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat or refer children for treatment; however, they may refer them for a screening or an assessment for treatment.

Parents have the right to be involved in the process and have full access to all school records under the applicable state and federal laws and regulations.  Involvement of parents in all phases of the student assistance program is expected. This partnership is integral to the successful resolution of problems.


If you feel your student or you know a student that could benefit from this program, please reach out to Mrs. Heckman, the K-12 School Social Worker to make a referral.  She will send the permission slip needed for a student to become involved.


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