SAP is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The program’s core is a professionally trained team that includes school staff and liaisons from community alcohol, drug, and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify problems, to determine whether the presenting problem lies within the school’s responsibility, and to make recommendations to help the student and parent/guardian. When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team assists families in accessing services within their local community or online. SAP team members do not diagnose, treat, or refer children for treatment. However, they may refer children for a screening or an assessment for treatment.
Parents and legal guardians have the right to be involved in the process and have full access to all school records under the applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Parent involvement in all phases of SAP is expected. This partnership is integral to the successful resolution of problems.