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Catholic High School

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Goodness, Discipline, Knowledge

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

 What is SAP?

The Student Assistance Program is a resource the school uses to aid school personnel in identifying and assisting students who may be experiencing behavior or academic problems in school. These issues may be related to mental health concerns, alcohol and other drug use, or emotional needs.

After a referral is received, the SAP Team, a group of trained school personnel and community professionals, meet to review the referral and gather additional information. Information is requested from school staff about the student's academic performance, strengths, absences, behaviors and concerns. If this information shows there is a concern, a member of the SAP team will contact parents to discuss the referral. Parents are encouraged to share any concerns as well.

Together, the family and the SAP Team work to meet the needs of the student. Plans are developed based on the individual student's situation, the seriousness of the behavior, and the school policies and procedures.

A student's plan may include, but is not limited to:

  • Support Group Involvement
  • Tutoring Services
  • Mentoring
  • Drug and Alcohol Assessment
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Meeting Regularly with the School Counselor

How does a student become involved in SAP?

A Student can be referred to SAP by teachers, school personnel, parents, friends or coaches. Additionally, students are able to self-refer. Student participation in the program is voluntary and is meant to be a support service for the student and family.

What is my role in SAP as a parent? 
Parent permission is required for participation in the SAP program. We highly encourage parent participation in the SAP plan development for the child. Students are more likely to benefit from services provided by the team or agency staff when parents are informed, involved, and supportive. 

How to make a Referral:
Referrals can be made by filling out a form in the school main office, the Counseling Office, or by contacting a SAP Team Member.

The BG SAP Team:

Stacy Adams

Gina Baker

Emily Barkman

Tori Byrne

Mike Cacciotti

Joan Donnelly

Chelsea Lenhart

David Lightner

Bob Sutton

Jane Yingling

Samantha Humphrey, Preventionalist

Jill Thompson, Mental Health Liaison and Drug/Alcohol Liaison

Contact: 814-944-4014


Working Together

Together, the family and the SAP Team work to meet the needs of the student.