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SAP Programs

Student Assistance Program Liaisons: (Schuylkill County)  

The Student Assistance Program will assist the parent and student in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to overcome these barriers so that they may realize their personal and academic potential. 

In order to remove these barriers to learning, the core of this program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community alcohol, drug and mental health agencies. 

The SAP team members are trained to identify problems, 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.  CFSS provides the Community Liaison portion of the teams in each of the 12 school districts county wide. When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community.


There are four phases to the student assistance process: 

Referral - Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior -- any school staff, a student’s friend, a family member or community member.  The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help.  The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.


Team Planning – The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student.  Information is also collected from the parent.  The team meets with the parent to discuss the data collected and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.



Intervention and RecommendationsThe plan is put into action.  The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities.   The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment. 


Support and Follow-UpThe SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family.  Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success. 



It is the parent’s right to be involved in the process and to 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 underscores the parents’ role and responsibility in the decision–making process affecting their children’s education and is key to the successful resolution of problems.

The student assistance process is based upon state guidelines, professional standards and policies, and procedures adopted by the local school board of directors.  Professional training for team members in all phases of the student assistance process, which is consistent with state guidelines and conducted by a Commonwealth approved training provider, is required to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended services, effective interagency collaboration and compliance with state and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students.

 For those students receiving treatment through a community agency, the student assistance team, in collaboration with parents and the agency, can assist in helping plan in-school support services during and after treatment.  The team’s effectiveness in helping the student and the parent remove the barriers to learning and improve student performance depends on the training of the individual team members, maintenance of the student assistance process, level of administrative commitment and board support, active parent and student involvement and the available resources both in school and the community.