STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT A STUDENT? WE CAN HELP!
What is SAP?
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a state-mandated, confidential, multi-disciplinary team approach utilized to aid students who are experiencing a barrier to learning. The SAP team assists in identifying any concerns including academic, social, personal, or behavioral issues such as the use of alcohol, tobacco/nicotine, and drugs, as well as mental health issues, which may be affecting a student’s ability to achieve success in school. The primary goal of SAP is to help students overcome these obstacles which interfere with learning and academic achievement.
The SAP team consists of trained school administrators, teachers, and staff, as well as a Lehigh County agency liaison. These professionals are dedicated to helping students and their families access school and community resources as well as local services. SAP does not diagnose, treat or refer students for treatment, nor does it administer disciplinary consequences. It provides intervention information for families which allows them to make the best decision for their student.
Referrals to SAP can be made by parents, teachers, staff, students, or any concerned person. Students seeking help may refer themselves. Referral forms can be found outside the Counseling and Campus Ministry Offices, as well as inside the Chapel and on the SAP website. Once the form is completed, it can be placed in the locked boxes. The referral is confidential, but it can be made anonymously if preferred.
Do you see any of these behaviors?
Declining or a sudden drop in grades
Withdrawing from family, friends, activities
Lethargy or irritability
Sudden changes in behavior
Unexplained physical injuries
Defying authority, at home and/or in school
Displaying these behaviors could indicate an at-risk student who could benefit from SAP. Anyone- teachers, parents, family members, students or concerned community members- can refer a student to the SAP team. Students seeking assistance may refer themselves. Contact an SAP team member at 610-437-4601 for help or complete an SAP referral form and return it to ACCHS.
CLICK HERE FOR REFERRAL FORMS
ACCHS SAP Team
Mr. Randy Rice, Principal
Ms. Leah Gehris, School Counselor
Mr. Taylor Holko, Teacher
Mrs. Sue Kostelnik, Teacher
Sr. Sophia Marie Peralta, Campus Ministry
Mrs. Susan Perun, School Counselor
Fr. Mark Searles, Campus Ministry
Ms. Diana Tice, Language Teacher
Ms. Delia Mitchell, SAP Liaison
Important Resource Numbers
Lehigh County 24 Hour Crisis Intervention
Pyramid Healthcare-Allentown (for mental health assessments)
Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (MARS - for mental health assessments)
Lehigh County Department of Human Services- Information and Referral
610-782-3200 (for community resources)
WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL SAP: 610-437-4601
Ask for a school counselor.
WE CARE ABOUT OUR KIDS!
Increased risk taking
Disturbed sleep/food cycle
Experimenting with alcohol or drugs
Changes in appearance or dress
Needing money without a good explanation