For Parents

Does your Child Exhibit Any of These Behaviors?

  • Withdrawing from family and friends/ activities
  • Changing friends
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Feeling sad
  • Defies authority, both at home and school
  • Acts aggressively
  • Hitting
  • Lying
  • Needs money without explanation
  • Declining grades
  • Experimenting with drugs/ alcohol

If so Speak with your school counselor about the Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services

SAP is an early intervention program that can help identify and treat behavioral health issues that affect school success

  • All youth are eligible to participate
  • A SAP ream is made up of school and agency staff who are available to assist parents in accessing school and community services for your child
  • SAP teams do not diagnose, or treat
  • Prevention and Screening Referrals provided for Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • SAP assessment services are available within all Philadelphia public schools
  • During the past year, over 1000 students received SAP services

The SAP Process:

  • A teacher or other school personnel referral initiates the SAP process, ( the child can also self-refer)
  • Parent is notified and consent is obtained
  • SAP Assessor meets with parents and student
  • Behavioral health assessment (mental health & drug/ alcohol) is completed with the student.
  • Recommendations are shared with parents and SAP team, if consent is given by student.
  • The Assessor works with parents to make linkages to the appropriate services in the community.

If your child is experiencing any of the following he or she may be in a crisis situation and need immediate help:

  • Talks about suicide
  • Says he or she wishes they were no longer here
  • Is trying to hurt themselves
  • Is acting erratically or bizarre
  • Is out of control and cannot calm down
  • Is not responsive, seems detached, or like they are just not there

The Crisis Response Centers are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

For further information, contact your city Mental Health Delegate at (215) 685-6440