What is the Student Assistance Program?
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (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. (http://www.sap.state.pa.us/)
Student Assistance Program team members have all received specialized training from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our team has representatives from faculty, nursing staff, and administration. We meet once weekly.
The program's success depends on a strong working partnership with families.
An ideal partnership between the family and student assistance includes:
• a shared goal of helping the student
• mutual respect
• appreciation of strengths, ideas, feelings, and culture
• open communication
• identification of student strengths
• joint problem-solving
• shared responsibility for follow-through
The Student Assistance Team
Our Student Assistance Program utilizes an intervention system to help remove barriers to learning.
Intervention and support services
Identification of problems creating barriers to learning
Specially trained team approach
In-School professional resources
- Information about community resources
Barriers to Learning
Some of the barriers to learning students may experience include:
• the use of, or pressure to use, alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
• depression or anxiety
• relationship problems
• emotional disorders
• aggression toward or from others
• grief, due to separation or death
• disruptive life changes
• violence or safety concerns
Local Mental Health Phone Numbers
Telephone crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental health crises
Carbon County, Monroe County, Pike County: (570) 992-0879
TTY: (570) 420-1904
Residents in toll call areas of the three counties may contact the crisis line free at 1-800-338-6467.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- TALK (8255)
Ann Nicoletti-team liaison
Dr. Lachlan Peeke-School Guidance Counselor
Cindy Christian-School Guidance Counselor
Peggy Bompane-School Nurse
Jason VanVoorhis-Assistant Principal