Student Assistance Program (SAP)

SAP In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning. A SAP team, made up of school and agency staff, is available to help you access school and community services for your child. The PHCSE SAP team, led by Ms. Dickinson, PHCSE School Counselor will help find services and assistance within the school and if needed, the community. We cannot diagnose, treat or refer your child(ren) for treatment. The information would be provided to you so that you can make the choice(s) that best fit your needs and wishes. As the parent/guardian, you are an important part of the team. Confidentiality is held to the highest form within the SAP program. The team will respect your and your child(ren) privacy at all times.

● Withdrawing from family, friends, and/or activities
● Changing friends
● Feeling sad
● Talking about suicide
● Defying authority at home and/or school
● Acting aggressively
● Lying
● Declining grades
● Experimenting with alcohol or drugs Are you Concerned about Your
Child’s Reaction to…?
● Recent death of a loved one
● Divorce/separation of parents
● Family relocation
● A relationship problem
● Bullying
● Other traumatic events
● Homelessness

Anyone can refer a child to PHCSE SAP program. Some students are referred by teachers or other school staff. A family member can also refer a child to the SAP team. the PHCSE SAP team will gather information to determine how a student is doing within their classes. The PHCSE team, however, will not proceed unless the parent/guardian provides written permission. Once permission is received, the SAP team will review the information and determine a plan of action to help your child achieve success in school. Participation in the SAP program is voluntary.

The PHCSE SAP team is made up of specifically trained staff and ad SAP Liaison If you have any questions about SAP or you feel your child may need help, please contact Ms. Nicole Dickinson, School Counselor and SAP Coordinator 412-793-6471 ext. 234 or