Student Assistance Program (SAP)

A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic intervention process for students at risk.  An at-risk student is one who has an emotional, social, and/or substance abuse problem that interferes with the normal learning process.  These problems include, but are not limited to, the following:
    Academic and behavioral difficulties

    Eating disorder

    Depression or other mental health problems

    Substance use or abuse

    Suicidal thoughts or gestures

    Self-mutilation (cutting or scratching oneself)
The middle school SAP team members have committed themselves to identifying the students who have problems which affect their learning.  Each student is a special individual who is a product of his/her home, school, and community environments.  Therefore, a team effort is essential for the Student Assistance Program to be effective.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the Student Assistance Program, then please contact one of the SAP team members in your child’s middle school.

Lamberton SAP Team

Wilson SAP Team

Student Assistance Program (SAP) -The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a statewide program designed to help school personnel identify issues, including alcohol, drugs, mental health, and behavioral concerns, which pose a barrier to a student's learning and school success. It is at this point that a team of trained professionals can lend a helping hand in a non-punitive manner.  Many times the services provided are free of any charges.

The SAP team of specially-trained school personnel uses a systematic process to intervene and refer students to appropriate in-school and/or community services.  Parent involvement is an important part of the process.  SAP is an intervention program, NOT a treatment program.  The team does not diagnose or treat the problem; however, professional substance abuse and mental health assessment services are available through the community agency liaisons who work with 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, needing money without explanation, 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 a student is experiencing difficulty at school or home, that is a barrier to learning then the Student Assistance Program is an excellent resource.

All that is needed to start the process is an anonymous referral to any staff member at the school or write a referral and drop it off in the S.A.P. referral box in the counseling offices or main office.

All members of Student Assistance Team are trained by a PA Dept. of Education approved provider (Teenline).Teenline is a service of the Holy Spirit Health System.  The Teenline program is recognized as a Commonwealth Approved Training Provider for Student Assistance Trainings by the Department of Education and has been providing training since 1986.

Additional Resources

A statewide toll-free suicide and crisis hotline for teenagers and parents (1-800-722-5385)

PA SAP Website: 


Cumberland Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission:

Sources: Teenline Website, PA SAP Website, Cumberland Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission, Cumberland Valley Area School District SAP Website, State College Area School District SAP Website