Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance SAP is an early intervention program that can help identify and treat behavioral health issues that affect a student's school success.

A SAP team is made up of school and agency staff who are available to assist parents in accessing school and community services for your child, including behavioral health and substance abuse. During the past year, over 1000 students received SAP services.

  • In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning.
  • All schools are assigned a specific SAP provider based upon School District Learning Network.

In order to receive SAP services, a teacher, school personnel or a student issues a referral or self-referral to initiate the process, and a parent is notified once it is approved. A SAP assessor will meet with the student and parent(s) or guardian(s), and a behavioral health assessment is completed, after which the assessor will make the appropriate connections for services that are available.

SAP is an early intervention program that can help identify and treat behavioral health issues that affect school success http://dbhids.org/SAP

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.

 

Learn More about Student Assistance Program:

  • What is SAP? (CLICK HERE)
  •  Why is SAP mandated in PA?
  • Official State Website: PA Network For Student Assistance Services , PNSAS (CLICK HERE)