This document was created for Student Assistance Program (SAP) Regional coordinators, SAP Commonwealth Approved Trainers (CATS), SAP Liaisons, and School Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) Facilitators who will be working with SAP teams located in schools developing SWPBS teams.
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Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses
Download New Document Revised December 1, 2015 (Please discard any versions received prior to this date)
PNSAS is pleased to announce the newly revised “Student Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses”. This resource provides
SAP information related to: training, policy, records, laws, and parent involvement, to name a few. Whether you are new to SAP or a veteran team member,
this is an excellent resource for all! This tool will help address those questions that routinely surface and are met with varied responses – a great
way to get everyone on the same page. Take time to review the document, discuss it with your team, and implement changes as needed. As always, contact
your SAP regional coordinator for additional assistance.
SAP Team Guidelines Updated (Spring 2013)
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
Check the Pulse of your Student Assistance Program
The PNSAS is pleased to provide SAP Satisfaction Survey 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!
Your SAP team could benefit from this feedback and become a better functioning team! The
SAP Members Survey for
Improvement of Team Functioning
tool is just one way to help improve your team. So...go ahead and ask
The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program Components and Indicators
PA SAP ensures that students experiencing barriers to learning related to substance abuse and mental health problems are identified and linked to
appropriate supportive services in the school and community. The Components and Indicators Handbook highlights the results of the PA Student
Assistance Evaluation Project.
You can now find the SAP documents in Spanish on the TransACT website.
3 Easy Steps to Accessing the Spanish SAP forms:
TransACT at www.transact.com
Select log in/register to create an account using your school email address
Select the following links:
GenEd Translation e-Library
ELL and SPECIAL SERVICES
Student Assistance Program
Documents available include:
Parent Consent Form
Screening Consent Form
TransAct tool capabilities include:
A toggle option from an English to a Spanish version of the documents
An option to fill-in and print the documents
An option to view and print the documents
An option to add the documents to the viewer's favorites file
SAP Teams - New SAP Brochure for Parents/Guardians
Sample Parent and Screening Consent Forms
In keeping up with best practice, the sample parent consent form was revised in August of 2017.
The sample consent includes the following additions:
* The name and position of each school team member that will be participating on your SAP team during the current school year.
* The name, title and agency of each of the mental health and/or drug & alcohol or behavioral health consultant(s) that will be serving your SAP team during the current school year.
Sample parent consent form (Revised August of 2017)
Sample screening consent form
Student Information/Behavior Observation Templates
These templates are not final products distributed as models by the Commonwealth Student Assistance Program. Rather, they are offered to help
SAP team develop their own information collection forms that reflect school policy and procedures. Templates
PA School Climate Survey
PA School Climate Survey -- Climate refers to the quality and character of school life…and based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life.
Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)
PAYS -- Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The ‘Pennsylvania Youth Survey,’ or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The data gathered in PAYS serve two primary needs. First, the results provide school administrators, state agency directors, legislators and others with critical information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of these harmful substances and behaviors. Second, the survey assesses risk factors that are related to these behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them. This information allows community leaders to direct prevention resources to areas where they are likely to have the greatest impact.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The NCTSN Mission -- To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
Retrospective Analysis of the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program Outcome Data
Implications for Practice and Research (November 2003) Student Assistance Programs are a primary vehicle for schools in Pennsylvania and across the nation to address students’ behavioral health needs
and concerns. SAP identifies and links students to behavioral health care education, programs and services in the school and community to address
students’ barriers to learning due to a social, emotional or mental health concern or problem. To contribute to the SAP research base and to document
their effectiveness, the Research Committee of the National Association of Student Assistance Professionals conducted a
retrospective analysis of SAP
collected as part of the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program evaluation. The study has implications for the Student Assistance field and
provides a foundation for future research at the local, state and national level.
Vaping Infographics for Parents and Schools
DDAP’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) has been working to develop two infographics related to vaping. Each includes data on vaping-related Instagram posts with a tie in to the importance of building media literacy skills.
The infographics are attached in two formats. The png versions have a separate file for each page. The infographic titled Vaping and Media Literacy was created with schools as the audience. The infographic with the title Vaping and Pennsylvania Youth was created with parents/caregivers as the target audience. The PDF versions of these are also on our website (see links below).
Vaping and Media Literacy
Vaping and Pennsylvania Youth
Feel free to share these with any of your contacts or any other ways you think might be good for reaching their target audience of schools and parents/caregivers.