• SAP PDE 4092 InfographicDownload the 2019-2020 pde 4092 infographic. Figures aggregated from the 1,760 schools that reported SAP referral data during the 2019-2020 reporting effort. The PDE 4092 is the web-based Student Assistance Programs (SAP) reporting form submitted annually by school SAP teams and records each SAP referral made over the course of one school year.



  • Pennsylvania SAP Components and Indicators Over the years, in Pennsylvania, SAP best practice has focused on the original handbook of Components and Indicators. There are nine essential components of SAP practice, which include: Policy and Procedures, Communications, Referral Mechanisms, Parent Participation, Team Planning, Intervention and Recommendations, Follow-up and Support, Training, Outcome Indicators and Evaluation. For each component area there are specific performance indicators and checklists that school SAP teams can utilize to check for fidelity of the program. SAP teams will benefit from reviewing this information.



  • SAP K-12 Bridge Training The PNSAS has developed an integrated on-line SAP K-12 Bridge Training for both elementary and secondary Student Assistance Program (SAP) team members. This free training is available for those who were trained and received an elementary or secondary SAP certificate prior to the development of the SAP K-12 training in September 2012. The Bridge Training is being hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 on Eduplanet. Successful completion of the four training modules and post-tests will provide participants with a SAP K-12 certificate that enables them to serve on elementary through high school SAP teams. Any questions – please contact your Regional Coordinator. To get started: provide your name, email address, school district-building/agency, and email original SAP training certificate to your PNSAS Regional Coordinator. A map listing Regional Coordinators and contact information is available here.





Guidance Document for SAP and SWPBS (Updated June 2017)

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.





For Your Information

PA Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) recent bulletin Consent to Mental Health Treatment for Minor Children.


  • SAP Team Guidlines FAQ & Best Practices
  • Team Self Check/Monitoring
  • TransACT
  • Resources
  • Vaping Infographics

Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses

SAP Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Document (December 2019)

SAP Team Guidelines Updated (Spring 2019)

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 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 forImprovement 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 SAP Parent Phone Call

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

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.

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.