Clair Area School District Team
What is the
Student Assistance Program (SAP)?
Student Assistance Programs (SAP) have
been operating in Pennsylvania since
1984 and are mandated by the state.
SAP was originally intended to address
student drug and alcohol issues but has
evolved to include any problem that may
interfere with the development of the
The Saint Clair Area School District is
committed to academic excellence and to
addressing the social and emotional
needs of our young people.
The school district recognizes that
support systems must be available to
assist any student troubled by physical,
emotional, social, legal, sexual,
medical, familial, or substance abuse
The St. Clair Area Student Assistance
Team began operating in the fall of
1989. Student Assistance
training involves fifty hours of intense
training in the areas of intervention,
referral, and support techniques.
The student assistance team cooperates
with the various human service agencies
to identify students who may be having
problems of one sort or another in
school and to refer them for help.
Who refers the
student to the SAP Team?
The team receives referrals from
administrators, faculty, staff, parents,
and students. The program is a
confidential relationship between
students and core team members.
The philosophy of the program is one of
care and concern for students, friends,
and family members.
Is the Student
Assistance Program a treatment program?
Members of the team are trained to
identify changes in performance and
behavior. If it is determined that
a problem exists, an appropriate
referral is made.
Places to call
(any agency that is underlined may be
visited on the web by clicking on the
Group Behavioral Health Services:
Women in Crisis (SWIC):
622-6222 / 1-800-722-5385
Schuylkill Medical Center East:
Medical Center South:
Schuylkill Mountain Center: 1-888-462-9600 462-2688
Children and Youth Services of
Schuylkill County: 1-800-722-8341
The Schuylkill Wellness Center
Schuylkill County MH/MR: 621-2890
Drug and Alcohol Commission:
Big Brothers, Big
Sister of Schuylkill County:
Schuylkill Health Counseling
Center (Good Sam) Substance
Abuse Counseling (570)622-5898
Who can seek help?
Students who are experiencing personal
problems associated with adolescence and
Students whose use of alcohol and/or
other substances is becoming a problem
in any area of their lives.
Students who are concerned about a close
friend or family member's use of alcohol
and/or other substances.
When to seek help:
Change in mood or behavior; loss of
interest in regular activities.
Lower grades; general lack of interest
in school; truancy.
Sudden weight loss or change in eating
Unable to concentrate or finish things.
Feeling angry in general; defensive;
Obvious change in friends.
Secretiveness and dishonesty.
Easily angered; moody; uncooperative;
Overreaction to criticism.
Withdrawal from family life.
Change in personal appearance.
Being referred to the program
does not mean a student is
labeled in any way.
Other sites of
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Kids' Health Organization