SAP K-12 Bridge Training

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. Successful completion will provide participants with a SAP K-12 certificate that enables them to serve on elementary through high school SAP teams. To get started: provide your name, email, school district-building/agency, and email original SAP training certificate to your PNSAS Coordinator.

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New Guidance Document

Practical Guidance for Exploring the Integration and Alignment of SAP with a Multi-Tiered Framework of Support

This document provides recommendations and offers practical examples from Pennsylvania schools that have experienced success navigating the integration and alignment process.

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Contacts for Cyber Schools

Student Assistance Program Liaison Contacts for Cyber Schools

The PA Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS) developed this list of Student Assistance Program (SAP) Liaison contacts in each county to assist cyber schools in connecting PA students with mental health and/or substance use concerns to local county resources.

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SAP PDE 4092 Infographic

Download the 2020-2021 pde 4092 infographic. Figures aggregated from the 1,760 schools that reported SAP referral data during the 2020-2021 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.



  • SAP Team Guidlines FAQ & Best Practices
  • Team Self Check/Monitoring
  • Components & Indicators
  • Resources

Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses

SAP Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Document (Feb 2021)  Recently Updated

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.

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 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.