Hollidaysburg Area School District
Student Assistance Program
Are You Worried About Your Child?
The Student Assistance Program Can Help
A Guide for Parents and Families
How Does My Child Become Involved in the Program?
If your child is having trouble in or out of school, we can help you. There may be times when you just don’t know how to help your child. That’s okay; someone else may know how to help.
Don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking for help. When extra
help is needed, knowing how and where to find help can be overwhelming.
Your school’s SAP team will help you find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, in the community.
We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment.
Rather, we will provide you with information; you make the choices.
Remember, you are part of our team. Our goal is to help your child succeed in school.
Students come to the SAP team in different ways. Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program.
Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel.
Any school staff member, a student’s friend or family member can let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone.
The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help.
Who is on the Junior High SAP team?
The following individuals are
members of the Junior High SAP team:
Robert Heinrich, Principal
Dale McCall, Assistant Principal
Keely Jones, Guidance Counselor
Tina Peters, Guidance Counselor
Veronica Sell, Guidance Counselor
Steve Kirsch, Dean of Students
Jane Burkholder, School Psychologist
Mary Kay Barton, Math Teacher
Lori Cappella, Mental Heath Counselor
Wendy Lieb, School Nurse
Individuals from the following agencies serve as our mental health and drug and alcohol liaisons.
Blair Family Solutions
Family Services, Inc
The Home Nursing Agency
Students can be referred to other agencies if these agency services are deemed appropriate for the student.
Help is right around the corner!
What Happens After A Referral is Made to the SAP Team
1. The SAP team will gather
specific information about your child’s performance in school from all school
staff who have contact with your child. The team will review the information
and decide what intervention, if any, is needed.
2. The interventions may either be assigning the student a mentor, individual and/or group counseling.
When your child is referred for counseling,
this may include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency.
If necessary, the SAP team will talk with you about services in the community and give you information on how to contact others who may be able to help.
3. The SAP team will continue to work with and support your child. They will stay in touch with you to talk about your child’s progress and success in school. Your continued involvement is very important.
What is the Student Assistance Program?
In Pennsylvania, every school district has a Student Assistance Program (SAP).
A SAP team will identify at-risk students having problems due to alcohol or drug use, behavioral problems, or mental health problems.
Do You See Your Child Showing Any of These Behaviors?
Withdrawing from family, friends and/or school
Changing friends; no longer spends time with old friends
Unexplained physical injuries
Talking about suicide
Defying authority, both at home and at school
Needing money without an explanation
A sudden drop in grades
Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
Are You Concerned About Any of These Situations?
The recent death of a loved one
Divorce of parents
A relationship problem
Other traumatic events
If you feel that your child may need help, call the Junior High School Guidance Office and speak with a school counselor
All SAP referrals go through this office. School counselors can be reached at 695-4426 ext. 6520.
They will be glad to help you!
The SAP team and the school will respect you and your child’s privacy at all times.