Student Assistance Program
The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) trains school staff to identify alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues that act as barriers to a student’s success. Students can then be connected with resources. Services may include consultation, referrals to school SAP teams and SAP liaisons, risk assessments, in-school prevention and intervention support for students, and referrals for additional supports in communities/out of school.
The primary goal of SAP is to help students overcome barriers, remain in school, and advance academically.
Why Might a Child be Referred to the Program?
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or activities
- Changing friends
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Feeling sad
- Talking about suicide
- Defying authority, both at home and school
- Acting aggressively
- Declining grades
- Experimenting with alcohol or drugs
Make a Referral
Anyone can refer a student to the SAP program including friends, family, teachers, and other school staff. Check with the school for the appropriate contact person (e.g. School Counselor, Pupil Services, etc.). Consent from the student’s parent must be obtained before initiating any interventions. Once permission is obtained, a plan will be developed to assist the child based upon their need. Participation in the program is voluntary.
Payment for Services
There is no charge for participation in the SAP program. The program is funded through Montgomery County’s Offices of Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health. Financing of follow-up treatment services is not covered as a part of an SAP intervention. Students and families without private insurance, ineligible for Medical Assistance or other third party payment, may apply for public funding through the county system.