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Student Assistance Program

Family School Community Student puzzleThe Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of Student and Safe School Services in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.

SAP is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community alcohol and drug and mental health agencies.  SAP team members are trained to identify problems, to determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.   When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student to access services within the community.  The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat or refer children for treatment; however, they may refer them for a screening or an assessment for treatment.

Parents 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.  Involvement of parents in all phases of the student assistance program is expected. This partnership is integral to the successful resolution of problems.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

PA county crisis hotlines

http://www.cor.pa.gov/Documents/PA%20County%20Crisis%20Contacts.pdf

AGORA STAFF HERE TO HELP YOU:

Maegan Kern Bregenser, SAP Coordinator
Email:   mkern@agora.org
Mobile phone:  724-698-2185

Maegan Bregenser is the Family Assistance Crisis Coordinator (FACCS) running the Student Assistance Program, Act 71 program, Homeless Assistance program, and the Crisis supports. Maegan has been with Agora since 2006 and is certified as an instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid, SAP, Crisis, and Homeless supports. She works closely with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, and state supported children’s assistance agencies. Prior to Agora, she worked in children’s services and as an educator in PA public schools and colleges 16 years.

 

Jennifer Barrios, School Social Worker
Email:  jbarrios@agora.org
Mobile phone:   610-585-6748

Jennifer Barrios is a trained mental health professional with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Bloomsburg University and earned her Master’s Degree and Home and School Visitor Certification at Widener University through their Clinical Social Work Master’s program.   Jennifer has worked in the social work field for about 10 years and looks forward in continuing her work with the students and families at Agora.