SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Susquehanna Township School District is committed to seeking solutions to the growing problem of drug and alcohol use and mental health issues among our district’s youth. In order to implement a program to address these concerns the board has approved district participation in the Student Assistance Program as established by the Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health (DPW). The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to:
- Provide identification of students experiencing drug, alcohol, or mental health problems.
- Refer the families of students to an agency which can provide appropriate services.
- Provide consultation services to the administration and school board.
The SAP will operate under guidelines established by PDH, PDE, and DPW. Cooperating agencies are Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services and Dauphin County MH/MR. The Teenline group of Holy Spirit Mental Health Center will provide training for core teams and on-going technical assistance.
In approving the operation of the program, the School Board authorizes the core teams to meet regularly to discuss students, to collect anecdotal information, and to keep this information confidential within the core team. School information will be shared with outside agencies only after signed consent forms from the student and/or parents are obtained in accordance with the law.
The school board limits the obligation of the district to identification, referral, and educational support services. Payment for treatment will always be the responsibility of the family. If a drug and alcohol assessment appointment is arranged through Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services by the core team coordinator, that evaluation will be conducted at county expense. If a psychological evaluation is requested, that service can be provided by the district at no cost to parents. Psychiatric evaluations may be provided by the district through the CAIU if learning and adjustment (SED) class placement is being considered for the student. Prevention and aftercare groups which meet at school may be available to students at no cost of parents. SAP is never to be considered a treatment or discipline program.
Approved by the School Board – August 27, 1990