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NEW! SAP Liaison Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses (May 2014)

In an effort to bolster the resources available to SAP liaisons across the Commonwealth, PNSAS has created a new tool: Liaison Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses This document is in response to questions from SAP liaisons. It is an excellent resource to refresh your understanding of liaison issues such as program fidelity, records, team process, etc. It will be helpful for liaisons and SAP teams to review and enhance their understanding of a mental health and drug and alcohol agency liaison's role(s) working with SAP teams.

SAP K-12 Bridge Training now available!!!

The Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is pleased to make available until August 31, 2014 the SAP K-12 Bridge Training via the Intermediate Unit #19 Moodle site. Scroll down to "Healthy Schools, Healthy Children" and then click on the fourth item "Student Assistance Program Bridge Training Modules," click on "Bridge Training Modules" and then proceed with the username/password if you already have a Moodle account or follow directions for new users.

This four-module training is for people who were trained and certified as a SAP team member (either secondary or elementary model) prior to the development of the SAP K-12 training in September 2012. Successful completion of this training will provide participants with SAP K-12 certification - enabling them to serve on elementary through high school SAP teams.

Please share this information with other SAP team members in your school/district and agencies.

Check out the 2014 Youth Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcements

Earlier this year, the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative held its Second Annual Public Service Announcement Contest among high school age youth across Pennsylvania. Each school in the state could submit an entry in the following categories: a 60-Second Video, a 30-Second Video, a 15- or 30-Second Audio, or a Poster. The winners and have been announced, and winning entries are available for viewing or download on the PAYSPI website.

About the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program

The mission of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services is to provide leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the commonwealth. Barriers to learning will be removed and student academic achievement will be enhanced through collaborative prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services.

Now in its 28th year, SAP helps schools identify students who are experiencing behavior and or academic difficulties that are posing a barrier to their learning and success in school. SAP offers support to those students and their families.

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More information about Student Assistance in Pennsylvania
Map of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services
(up-to-date as of November 12, 2013)

What is SAP? The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of School Options and Safety in partnership with the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs' Division of Prevention and Intervention, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. More....