Student Assistance Program
Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and the Mental Health Professional (MHP) from community alcohol and drug and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify problems, determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.
When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. The MHP is able to complete a screening for the student's presenting issues and then assist with making referrals to access services and/or support.
Referrals include outpatient counseling, school based counseling, psychological/psychiatric evaluations, case management, group counseling, support groups, food banks, assistive technology, coping skills training, etc. The MHP will offer continued support and follow up with the student and their families to ensure successful linkage to services.