Student Assistance Program
The 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.
Exciting Breaking News:
Agora Cyber Charter School has received a grant allowing us to be recognized AND designated as a Trauma Informed School! Much thanks to Alina Kitchell, Maegan Bregenser, and Jennifer Barrios, in helping to secure the grant and identifying how this designation will positively impact our school community! At the moment, we are the only cyber school receiving this distinction!
Right now, the Trauma Team Steering Committee is working to facilitate roll out across the school; training will happen in stages over the next six months. A complete overview and introduction will be delivered to All Staff during the August 2019-2020 Professional Development Sessions. A complete overview and introduction will be delivered to parents in September 2019. Please join us in celebrating this game-changer for our students, parents, and entire school community! Stay tuned for more details as our school continues to make a positive change in the lives of our students.
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AGORA STAFF HERE TO HELP YOU:
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 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.