The Four Phases of the Student Assistance Process

As recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Referral

Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about someone’s behavior: any school staff, a student’s friend, a family member or community member. The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.

Team Planning

The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parent. The team meets with the parent to discuss the data collected and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.

Intervention and Recommendations

The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment.

Support and Follow-Up

The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success.