Student Assistance Program (SAP)
What is SAP?
The Student Assistance Program is a resource the school uses to aid school personnel in identifying and assisting students who may be experiencing social, behavioral or academic problems in school. These issues may be related to mental health concerns, alcohol and other drug use, or emotional needs.
After a referral is received, the SAP Team, a group of trained school personnel and community professionals, meet to review the referral and gather additional information. Information is requested from school staff about the student's academic performance, strengths, absences, behaviors and concerns. If this information shows there is a concern, a member of the SAP team will contact parents to discuss the referral. Parents are encouraged to share any concerns as well.
Together, the family and the SAP Team work to meet the needs of the student. Plans are developed based on the individual student's situation, the seriousness of the behavior, and the school policies and procedures.
A student's plan may include, but is not limited to:
- Support Group Involvement
- Tutoring Services
- Drug and Alcohol Assessment
- Mental Health Assessment
- Meeting Regularly with the School Counselor
Together, the family and the SAP Team work to meet the needs of the student.
How does a student become involved in SAP?
A Student can be referred to SAP by teachers, school personnel, parents, friends or coaches. Additionally, students are able to self refer. Student participation in the program is voluntary and is meant to be a support service for the student and family.
What is my role in SAP as a parent?
Parent permission is required for participation in the SAP program. We highly encourage parent participation in the SAP plan development for the child. Students are more likely to benefit from services provided by the team or agency staff when parents are informed, involved, and supportive.
How to make a Referral:
Referrals can be made by filling out a form in the school main office, the Counseling Office, or by contacting a SAP Team Member.
The BG SAP Team:
Stacey Adams, Math Department Teacher
Tori Byrne, Science Department Teacher
David Lightner, Health and Physical Education Teacher
Jane Yingling, English Department Teacher
Gina Baker, Science Department Teacher
Emily Barkman, School Counselor
Bob Sutton, Religion Department Teacher
Chelsea Lenhart, School Counselor & SAP Coordinator
Mike Cacciotti, Assistant Principal
Joan Donnelly, Principal
Jill Thompson, Mental Health Liaison from UPMC Altoona
Preventionalist from Blair County Drug and Alcohol
Do you have concerns about a student? Contact Emily Barkman now by clicking here or any member of the SAP by dialing: 814-944-4014.