Student Assistance Program
The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist 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 is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. While Student Assistance Programs exist in other areas of the country, the structure and operation of the program in Pennsylvania is a unique expression of an integrated model serving the needs of Pennsylvania families and students. Every middle, high school and some elementary schools in the state have a Student Assistance Program (SAP).
The Camp Hill School District has a SAP team for the middle school and high school. The Team is made up of teachers, counselors, administrators, a nurse, and community liaisons from drug/alcohol and mental health service agencies. These members have been through an extensive training program to become part of the team. Students are referred to SAP for a variety of reasons to include: withdrawing from friends and family; change of friends; talking of suicide, unexplained physical injury, depression, aggressive behavior, lying, sudden drop in grades, refusal to come to school or experimenting with drugs/alcohol. Additionally some students require services as a result of the recent death of a loved one, a divorce, relationship problems, family relocation or any other traumatic event.
If your child is experiencing difficulty at school or home, the Student Assistance Program is an excellent resource. Do not feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about asking for help. When help is needed, often knowing where to find it can be overwhelming.
The links below provide further information on Student Assistance Programs and topics pertinent to families and students.
PA Student Assistance Program: PA SAP
PA Network for Student Assistance Service: www.pnsas.org
Counselors from Penn State Health Holy Spirit Teenline presented to parents of middle and high school students on: Mental Health in the COVID Era: Keeping Students, Healthy, Engaged, and Motivated.
The recorded program and the PowerPoint can be accessed here.
Read the articles below for more information and resources on this topic.
- How the Pandemic Has Impacted Teen Mental Health
- How Students Are Fighting Zoom Fatigue
- Support for Kids With ADHD During Pandemic
- Top Health Concerns for Kids in 2020 During the Pandemic
Common Sense Media: www.commonsensemedia.org
Parents: The Anti-Drug: www.theantidrug.com
Partnership for a Drug-free America: www.drugfree.org
Time to Talk: www.timetotalk.org
Under Your Influence: www.underyourinfluence.org
Diakon Family Life Services: Virtual Support Group
Above the Influence: www.abovetheinfluence.org
Natural High: www.naturalhigh.org
NIDA for Teens: www.teens.drugabuse.gov
Teen PCAR: www.pcar.org/teen-pcar