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ESAP/SAP

Student Assistance Program (ESAP & SAP)

SAP/ESAP Team Contact Information

School Contact Name Contact Information
District SAP
Dr. Lisa Maloney
Supervisor of Pupil Services
724-850-2229
 
Fort Allen Elementary School
Michelle Apessos
School Counselor
724-850-2513
Maxwell Elementary School
Jen  Bauer
School Counselor
724-850-2885
Stanwood Elementary School
Sarah Taylor
School Counselor
724-838-3007
West Hempfield Elementary School
Hayley King
School Counselor
724-850-2479
West Point Elementary School Melissa Ciesielski
724-850-2276
Harrold Middle School
Judy Varacalli
School
724-850-2306
 
Joe Altman
School Counselor
724-850-2307
Wendover Middle School
Bill Fry
School Counselor
724-838-3177
 
Julie Razza
School Counselor
724-838-4086
West Hempfield Middle School
Ray Killen
School Counselor
724-850-2147
 
Jaimie Sebastianelli
School Counselor
724-850-2146
Hempfield Area High School
Julianne Scott
School Counselor, Lead SAP Counselor
724-850-2068
Hempfield Area High School
Terri Reiss, School Counselor, K-12 Dept. Chair
724-850-2066
 
Hempfield Area High School
Jason Thompson, School Counselor
724-850-2065
 
Hempfield Area High School
Heather Ragland, School Counselor
724-850-2063
 
Hempfield Area High School
Bill Swan, School Counselor
724-850-2064
 
Hempfield Area High School/Middle Schools
Sara Lang, School Counselor and Cyber Academy Coordinator
724-850-2329

 

What is a Student Assistance Program?

A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a service available to all K-12 students and is designed to help school personnel identify issues, including alcohol, drugs, mental health, and behavioral concerns which could pose a barrier to a student's learning and school success.  The primary goal of the SAP (ESAP in elementary), is to help students overcome these barriers in order for them to achieve, remain in school, and advance. 

The SAP uses a systematic process along with specially trained school personnel to intervene and refer these students to appropriate in-school and/or community services.  Parent involvement in all phases of SAP strengthens the parent's role and responsibility in the decision making process.

Why do schools have SAP teams?

All school districts in Pennsylvania are required to establish and maintain a program to provide appropriate referrals for counseling and support services for student who experience difficulties in school.  The program has been in existence since 1985 and has been maintained as a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Health, and Public Welfare. 

Who is involved in SAP?

The SAP Core Team is comprised of a building principal, a school counselor, a nurse, and a behavioral health liaison, who is contracted through -Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc.  by St. Vincent College Prevention Projects.   At the elementary level (ESAP), the instructional support teacher is also part of the team.  At the secondary level (SAP), classroom teachers are included as team members along with the home school visitor.  The ESAP teams meet 1-2 times a month for approximately 1 hour for each meeting.  The SAP teams have weekly meetings.  Periodically, a St. Vincent Prevention Projects Coordinator will attend to monitor the program.   

Training for the ESAP and SAP Core Teams is provided by St. Vincent College Prevention Projects.  Each member must attend a five day workshop before joining the team.  St. Vincent also offers add-on trainings for new members, thematic workshops, and team maintenance. 

A district SAP representative attends monthly WASAP (Westmoreland Area Student Assistance Program) meetings to discuss important issues related to the SAP process. Renee Urich, Regional Coordinator of PA Network for Student Assistance Services, disseminates information from the state to help SAP teams update their procedures according to state guidelines.  

What is the SAP process?

Any member of the Core Team, school staff, students, or parents can make an ESAP/SAP referral.  Referral forms are available in each school.  Initial referrals can also be directed verbally to a team member.  Once a referral is made, the case is reviewed and the ESAP/SAP process of gathering information begins.  If acquired information indicates a need for assistance, parents/guardians are informed. 

While a school counselor usually serves as the facilitator through the process, the family and the SAP team work together to develop a plan based on the student's needs.  The plan may include an assessment by a trained drug/alcohol/mental health professional.  The SAP team does not diagnose or provide treatment.