SAP Team Information Request

PNSAS is updating their statewide contact lists. We would appreciate your assistance in obtaining information from your building. Please click on the links to access the letter and SAP Core Team Information Form. Complete the form and return it to your regional coordinator by February 7, 2017.

Guidance Document for SAP and SWPBS
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.


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.

Additional Resources:
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 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!

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
    Student Assistance Program

Documents available include:

Parent Consent Form
Parent-Guardian Brochure
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 Brochure

SAP Teams - New SAP Brochure for Parents/Guardians

Sample Parent and Screening Consent Forms

In June 2011, a new question was added to the SAP Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses. To assist with implementation and clarification of question 43, sample parent consents are available for SAP team use. These samples can be adjusted if needed; however, PNSAS staff believe this basic information will adequately address question 43. Also, the parent consent is generally sent home for signature following a telephone contact. At that time, teams usually send a SAP brochure along with the consent form. Please contact your Regional Coordinator if additional information is needed.
Sample parent consent form
Sample screening consent form

SAP Resource from the Department of Education

"Homeless and Displaced Families and the School" April 21, 2015

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.

Search Institute

The Search Institute helps families, schools and communities make the world a better place for children and adolescents
40 Developmental Assets for Children Grades K-3 (ages 5-9)
40 Developmental Assets for Middle Children (ages 8-12)
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18)

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 data 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.