The State of Pennsylvania requires all public schools, including charter schools, to provide Student Assistance Programs (SAP). SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.
The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. If you are concerned that your child is experiencing difficulties related to substance use or mental health issues you may want to reach out to the student assistance team at his or her school.
Student assistance teams usually include educators and community professionals that are trained to gather information about your child’s behavior and make recommendations to parents.
The student assistance process is confidential and requires parent permission. It may be required by some schools if a student violates the school’s drug & alcohol policy. If you are interested in referring your child to the student assistance team, contact the SAP team leader, his or her school counselor, or the school principal.