In Pennsylvania, every junior high school and senior high school have a Student Assistance Program. The S.A.P. team is made up of specially trained school staff.
S.A.P. is designed to improve the quality of education in the Indiana Area School District by providing assistance to students troubled by physical health, emotional health, or drug/alcohol problems. S.A.P.'s primary focus is to support the teen whose behavior concerns staff, fellow students, or family. S.A.P. will address the specific needs of that teen and, when needed, will help access school and community services. The family's cooperation is essential in this program.
S.A.P. will monitor the student, providing necessary support. S.A.P. will refer the student to support agencies, if necessary. Confidentiality between the student and S.A.P. will be maintained in the best interest of the student.
The Goals of S.A.P. are
... to express a concern for the general well being of the teenage student.
... to focus on educational concerns, improving the quality of education.
... to enlist the support of staff, family and community.
... to utilize the existing staff in the functioning of the program.