What is a Student Assistance Program?

Student Assistance Programs can be found in schools throughout the country and in Vermont.  An SAP program is designed to, but not limited to, identifying students dealing with their own or someone else's substance use problems, intervening and when necessary, and referring them to community agencies for more specialized care, if appropriate.  The SAP program is also concerned with building students' developmental assets and resiliency, delivering prevention education in and out of the classroom and facilitating student leadership programs.
What can an SAP Counselor do for my family?
  • provide educational materials on adolescent substance use
  • direct families to appropriate resources to meet the needs of the family
  • meet with concerned students and families
What can an SAP Counselor do for my school?
  • support students who are at risk or struggling with substance related issues
  • provide classroom substance abuse prevention curricula
  • complements existing programs to promote health and wellness
  • train school staff to identify and support troubled students
  • act as an advisor for Vermont Kids Against Tobacco, VKAT, and Leave Us Clean Air, LUCA, peer prevention groups
What can an SAP Counselor do for my community?
  • responds to the needs of their own school/communities needs based on local data
  • work with community resources to develop services for students

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