(Student Assistance Program)
Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools
throughout Pennsylvania with the cooperative support of the Pa.
Department of Education, Health and Welfare. SAP Programs provide
schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are
exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at
Secondary Schools in Central Bucks have a team of
dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty
and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s
ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and
their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems.
Why would a student be referred to the SAP team?
can be referred to the SAP team based on a variety of reasons. Is there
anything that is interfering with the student's success at school? Are her grades dropping? Is he absent from school frequently? Has she had a
change in behavior (suddenly very quiet? Or has he been acting out, or
getting in trouble)? Has her appearance changed (including fatigue,
weight loss/gain)? Is there a suspicion of alcohol or drug use? Has
there been a change in peer group? Any changes in affect (depressed?
anxious)? Has there been a significant or traumatic event in the family,
such as divorce, illness, or death? If you are concerned about a
student for any of these reasons, and would like to find a way to
support them, feel free to make a referral.
Who can make a referral to the SAP team?
Anyone. A parent, teacher, counselor, or peer/friend may make a referral to the SAP team.
How do I make a referral?
1) Click here
to complete an anonymous referral.
2) If you would rather print a referral, please click S.A.P. referral form. Print this form, complete it, and turn it in to a SAP team member.
members of the CB South SAP Team: Michele McGroggan, Taryn Barrett, Virginia Barrett, Don Brady, Steve Galazin, Stephanie Harrigan, Tom Hill, Beth Mattern, Kerry Monk, Laura Ladley, Katie Lash, Sarah LeClair, Max Pullar and Jess Shinton.
Are referrals confidential? Will this go in my file?
entire SAP process is confidential, and is completely voluntary -- it
may be stopped at any time. A SAP referral does not become part of the
student's cumulative file, and does not go on to colleges or employers.
The process is designed to support students and families, and is not
disciplinary in any way.
What resources are available to students who go through the SAP process?
the SAP team receives a referral and reviews objective information
about the student, the team may make recommendations for appropriate
school-based or community-based supports or interventions. The SAP teams
in Central Bucks work with a community agency, the The Council of
Southeast Pennsylvania. If a student is referred for an assessment with
The Council , the student may receive recommendations for additional or
ongoing community-based supports, which may include private counseling,
classes, support groups, etc. For more information about The Council,
please click on the links below: