2020 PSA Contest Winner

2021 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention

Prevent Suicide PA is once again hosting the annual PSA contest for high school students. This is a great opportunity to engage students in a dialogue around suicide prevention, the importance of positive messaging, and communicating effectively. Staff who have participated in the past have seen this as a way to teach students on many levels (academically, socially, and emotionally), and students have been empowered to use their voice to reach out to their peers.

This year’s contest officially begins Monday, September 21, 2020 and all submissions are due by Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Contest rules and submission guidelines can be found here.

All of the winning and honorable mention PSAs from previous years are available for free public use and can be accessed by visiting http://psa.preventsuicidepa.org. These are great resources to use during Suicide Prevention Month and throughout the year.


SAP Team and SAP Liaison Information Request

Notification regarding the annual SAP Team and SAP Liaison surveys was sent via email in October. This yearly request assists with updating regional contact lists and provides relevant team and agency information to assist PNSAS technical assistance efforts. A link to the survey, due November 23, 2020, was included in the correspondence. Only one survey per SAP team or liaison agency needs to be submitted. If additional survey information is needed, please contact your PNSAS regional coordinator. For a list of regional coordinators click here.


Considerations for Remote Screening/Assessment during COVID-19 Document

PNSAS is pleased to share a recently developed document for SAP liaisons with considerations for remote screening/assessment, as well as outreach to school SAP teams during COVID-19. Please note that this document is not meant to provide guidance, nor are the questions and considerations within required. Rather, it is meant to serve as a helpful resource with suggested areas for discussion for SAP liaison agencies that may be adjusting current protocols during COVID-19.
The document can be found here.



SAP in Pennsylvania

The student assistance program has been an integral part of Pennsylvania schools since 1984-85!!  Take a look at who we are - what was and what is..

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Information for SAP team members – lots of great resources to help support you on the front line of supporting student achievement!

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SAP Training Calendar

Upcoming SAP trainings in Pennsylvania offered by PA Approved SAP Training Providers (PASTP)

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The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program is overseen by the PA Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS) Interagency, Statewide Staff and Regional Coordinators' team; comprised of representation from the PA Departments of Education (Safe Schools Office), Drug and Alcohol Programs (Division of Prevention and Intervention) and Human Services (Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services). SAP is based upon state guidelines, professional standards, and policies and procedures adopted by the local school board of directors. Professional training conducted by a PA Approved SAP Training Provider (PASTP) is required for team members to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended services, effective interagency collaboration and compliance with state and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students.