Bellefonte Area Middle School
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
What is SAP?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates the establishment and operation of a Student Assistance Program (SAP) in Pennsylvanias public schools. At the Bellefonte Area Middle School, the present SAP is made up of teachers, guidance counselors, and building administrators. The job of the specially trained members of the SAP is to help students who are having problems related to substance abuse or mental health issues. Students are encouraged to refer a classmate who seems seriously worried, cannot sleep, uses drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, has eating problems, is always angry or crying, threatens to run away, or talks about bringing harm to others or to him/herself. A student should also make a self-referral if he or she is troubled in any of the above-mentioned ways. The Student Assistance Program was designed to connect students experiencing substance abuse problems, suicide issues, or other mental health concerns with appropriate information and counseling services. The task of the Student Assistance Team is to monitor students experiencing difficulty in school. The team gathers data for the assessment of students' needs for help and counseling.The Bellefonte Area School District provides a Student Assistance Program to identify students having difficulty in school because of problems related to substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Students identified as being "at-risk" will be assessed and, when necessary, referred for professional help. SAP is ¨ an identification program ¨ an intervention program ¨ a referral program
SAP is not. ¨ a counseling program ¨ a treatment program ¨ disciplinary consequences