What is SAP?
Student Assistance Programs (SAPs)
are a school-based approach to
providing focused services to students
needing interventions for substance
abuse, mental health, academic,
emotional, or social issues. They are a
process-not a curriculum or treatment
center-that connects education,
programs, and services within and
across school and community systems
to create a network of supports to help
students. As a process, SAPs identify
troubled students, assess students'
needs, and provide them with support
and referral to appropriate resources.
The overarching goal of SAPs is to remove barriers to education so that a
student may achieve academically.
Effectiveness of SAPs
The broad goals of Student Assistance Programs are to reduce affiliated
students' behavioral and disciplinary violations and substance use habits,
while improving school attendance and academic performance through the
referral to appropriate services. Although SAPs proliferated across the nation
in the 1980's and were adopted by individual schools, districts, and entire
states, few evaluations documenting the results of these programs were ever
published. Nevertheless, evaluations of programs that fit a general model of
SAP-type programs can be used to provide empirical, if not rigorous,
evidence concerning the effi cacy of these models in achieving these
outcomes for students served. The following outcomes were found for
students served by SAP-type programs.
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