Student Assistance Program

What is the Student Assistance Program?

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The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. While Student Assistance Programs exist in other areas of the country, the structure and operation of the program in Pennsylvania is a unique expression of an integrated model serving the needs of Pennsylvania families and students. The core of the Student Assistance Program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community drug and alcohol and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify issues, determine whether or not the presenting issue lies within the responsibility of the school, and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent. When the issue lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. SAP team members do not diagnose, treat or refer to treatment; but they may refer a student to a liaison who may screen or assess for further community based services and support (PA Network for Student Assistance Services, 2017).


Students can be referred to the SAP team by parents/guardians, school personnel, peers, or by the students themselves.

Please contact the school counselor, Mrs. Kauric, if you would like to refer a student to the Student Assistance Program.

SAP Team Members

Mrs. Terri Kauric, School Counselor 
Dr. Bonnie Betler, Principal
Dr. Chris Winiarski, Director of Special Education
Mrs. Jess Graff, Art
Ms. Kellie Rebholz, Special Education
Mrs. Anne Steigerwald, First Grade
Mrs. Rebecca Wilson, Third Grade
Mrs. Tatiana Ziegler, Special Education
Mrs. Stephanie Snyder, SAP Liason, Holy Family Institute 

Community Partners

Holy Family Institute

Brentwood Borough School District partners with Holy Family Institute to provide SAP Liaison services. Our SAP Liaison conducts screenings with parent permission to help identify appropriate community-based services for students who participate in the school’s Student Assistance Program.  

Pittsburgh Mercy

Moore Elementary School also hosts a regularly scheduled mental health therapist from Pittsburgh Mercy to facilitate individual and group counseling sessions through their school-based therapy program. School-based therapy can be a recommended service through the Student Assistance Program. Parents should feel free to contact the School Counseling Office for more information on this service.  

Click HERE for a description of Pittsburgh Mercy's services. 

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