Student Assistance Program (SAP)

  • The Student Assistance Program (SAP) supports students with known or suspected alcohol and drug-related challenges. Students may be referred to the program by ֶƵstaff members, by parents or students may refer themselves. The program's goal is to provide students and their families with early intervention services to prevent more significant substance use challenges that could develop. All ֶƵschools have an assigned SAP counselor.

    Elementary school students may also be referred to the SAP program; there are a small number of elementary referrals each year. These referrals will be directed to the SAP counselor assigned to the elementary student's feeder high school.

  • Program staff is comprised of six counselors who have specialized training in alcohol and substance use prevention and intervention. Once a student is referred, a SAP counselor will contact the parent and meet with the student. The SAP counselor will provide screening to make recommendations for the next steps. The next steps may include:

    • Psycho-educational classes related to drugs and alcohol
    • Brief 1:1 counseling services
    • Psycho-educational groups
    • Referral to drug/alcohol treatment with a community provider
    • Brief intervention using evidence-based curricula (e.g., Seeking Safety, Teen Intervene, etc.)
    • All services directly provided by SAP counselors are completely free of charge and are available to any ֶƵstudent.

    The services provided by SAP counselors (including screening information) are highly confidential. SAP service information is not included in a student's cumulative record. SAP counselors maintain records separate from ֶƵgeneral records in compliance with federal statutes that give substance abuse treatment documentation a higher degree of confidentiality than many other services.

    If a student were referred to the program due to a drug-related ֶƵCode of Conduct violation, SAP counselors would only disclose to the school administrator whether a parent/student responded to the screening request and participated in SAP counselor recommendations.

    • SAP counselors may also provide:
    • Transition coordination and support for students who are returning to a traditional school setting after receiving substance treatment
    • Coordination and support for students who are currently engaged in treatment while also attending a ֶƵschool (e.g., the student is participating in substance abuse intensive outpatient treatment (SAIOP) the community or another type of treatment)
    • Referrals to general mental health services
    • Support parents with concerns related to treatment, confidentiality, disciplinary issues, etc.

    Youth Risk Behavior Survey Information

    The CDC developed the Youth Risk Behavior Study in collaboration with representatives from state and local departments of education and health. It focuses on health risk behaviors among middle and high school youth related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.

    The survey measures behaviors in six different categories. Behaviors that result in unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviors resulting in HIV infection, unintended pregnancies, and other sexually transmitted diseases, physical activity, and dietary behaviors. ​

  • How the Program Works

  • Meet the Student Assistance Program Counselors

Contact Us

  • Carrie Sargent

    Mental Health Manager

    Office of Student Wellness and Academic Support