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SAP Connection February 2024
A monthly newsletter brought to you by PA Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS)
Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP)
PA Department of Education (PDE)
Department of Human Services (DHS)
“Coordination and Collaboration Coming to a County Near
Is your team identifying needs of students that can’t be
addressed and you need help to develop a plan to address them? Does your team feel isolated and alone? Does your district or team participate in SAP
County Coordination/ District Council?
The following are excerpts from the SAP
Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Document.
50. What are the benefits of participating
in SAP County Coordination/District Council?
Guidelines for Student Assistance Programs (SAP)
Coordination Teams set forth five basic goals which support the benefit for
schools in being a part of the meetings. These include:
• Promoting communication, coordination, and
collaboration of SAP services among schools (public and nonpublic), agencies,
community, parents, and students;
• Identifying needs and gaps in SAP and SAP-related
services in the county/county joinder and develop a plan(s) to address these;
• Identifying effective programs and ongoing training
needs in order to develop a county/county joinder response to requests for SAP
team development (e.g., additional training, county updates, team maintenance,
and research-based programs);
• Promoting communication, feedback and conflict
resolution among the child serving systems in the county/county joinder; and
• Promoting joint planning and collaboration among child
serving systems for resource development and effective service delivery.
Want to attend SAP County Coordination/District Council
and not sure when they are or how to get an invite? Or maybe you want to start
County Coordination/ District Council but are sure who to contact? Contact your SAP Regional Coordinator for
Liaison FAQ Corner
“How do Liaisons Fit In?”
The topic this month is SAP County Coordination. Find out
how you fit in as a liaison in these meetings.
The excerpts below are from the Liaison Frequently Asked Questions.
15. What is my role with SAP County
County Coordination is a team comprised of
representations from SAP child-serving systems that meet regularly to provide
the leadership, planning and coordination necessary to implement effective SAP
services at the county or county joinder level. SAP Coordination Team membership can change
from county to county. County Coordination Guidelines are available at:
Each SAP County Coordination Team may have different
expectations for liaisons. In some counties, there is one drug and alcohol and
one mental health liaison represented, in other counties, only agency
supervisors are represented on County Coordination Team. The role of County Coordination Team is to
assure that questions, concerns, feedback, or suggestions are delivered to
appropriate channels or services rendered. SAP County Coordination Guidelines
are available at: www.pnsas.org. Reach out to your PNSAS Regional Coordinator
to connect with your County Coordination Team.
16. What is my role in District Council or
District Council is a team sharing and problem-solving
forum. Networking can be associated with a training event, such as Networking
Day. This generally is a professional development opportunity extended to SAP
Each District Council or Networking may have different
expectations for liaisons, but it is appropriate for liaisons to participate in
If you have any questions,
feel free to contact your SAP Regional Coordinator.
News and Information
2023-2024 PDE4092 SAP reporting form instructions are now
available. Visit the Safe
Schools website to download the updated form and/or updated instructions.
PA Department of Education has released pre-recorded
jokes, advice, and words of encouragement from PA students. Dial (717)
772-4737 for the You‘ve Got a Friend in PA Pep Talk Phone Line!
PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention - Prevent
Suicide PA has opened public voting for the 2024 PSA contest- view the
finalists and vote here by
February 23rd at noon.
Stop by and visit the PNSAS exhibitor booth at the
PASAP Conference February 25th-27th or the Children‘s Interagency Conference on
April 22nd-25th. PNSAS staff are also
presenting at both conferences! Come say
hello and visit with Regional Coordinators and Interagency staff members.
SAP Training - For upcoming training opportunities,
Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance
Professionals (PASAP) Annual Conference - To be held 2/25/24-2/27/24 inState
College - click here for details.
For open PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) grant
opportunities, click here.