NEW! 28 Years of SAP Talking Points
SAP is celebrating 28 years of implementation! For 22 of those 28 years, data has been collected on SAP referrals, including electronic data collection in the most recent 15 years. The information is based on those years that data was collected. The 2012-2013 data collection effort is still in process; as a result, the 2012-2013 figures have been omitted. Talking Points
NEW for Spring 2013 - SAP Team Guidelines Updated
In collaboration with the Commonwealth Approved Trainers, PNSAS staff have updated the original SAP Team Guidelines. Have your SAP Team review the updated Best Practice Guidelines to ensure your model and process is consistent with the Pennsylvania SAP model. This is especially helpful for teams trained many years ago. As years progress, some of the "basics" are forgotten. This is a great opportunity for a SAP team implementation review.
Implementation Checklist for New SAP Teams
Best Practice Guidelines for Fidelity
All Three Together - Take a Look
So what does the famous triangle look like at Tier I, II, and III for PBIS, RtII, and SAP? The functions related to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, Response to Instruction and Intervention, and Student Assistance Program are highlighted here. This helpful visual will review commonalities of all three!
Check the Pulse of your Student Assistance Program
The PNSAS is pleased to provide SAP satisfaction tools for your team’s use. These instruments were developed in collaboration with the Commonwealth Approved Trainers in order for teams to receive input from students, parents, and staff on your Student Assistance Program. Satisfaction survey results are helpful to validate the standards and services you have established for the program, as well as identify areas for enhancement. We encourage you to use these instruments as is or adjust accordingly. This is a useful mechanism to ensure quality programming. Thanks for your ongoing work and dedication to maintain high SAP standards.
Can your SAP team handle the feedback? Go ahead.....ASK!
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.
Download the current SAP logo
PAYSPI Announces High School PSA Contest
The PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) is pleased to announce the First Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention! Youth often have more impact on one another than adults. PAYSPI is using this power to engage youth in developing public service announcements (PSAs) focused on suicide awareness and prevention. These messages may be directed at other youth, school personnel, parents, or other community members.
Please help us disseminate this information to local high schools and encourage high school students you know to get involved in this important effort to help reduce youth suicide.
Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2013. Entries must be received by this date.
Details about the contest, including official rules, a printable flyer, and the application form. More information about the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
More information about Student Assistance in Pennsylvania
Map of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services
(newly updated to reflect additional regional coordinators)
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 Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, 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....