About the Program
The purpose of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to identify and assist students who may be experiencing personal and/or family problems. These issues along with possible familial/personal alcohol or other drug involvement may affect a child’s ability to perform well in school. Participation is completely confidential and voluntary.
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the SAP. Contact with the SAP Counselor and participation in groups are confidential under State Law (R.S.A 318-B12-A) and Federal Laws (42C.F.R. Part 2). The only exceptions to these laws are in cases of suicidal or homicidal behaviors, as well as cases of abuse or neglect.
A student can sign up to participate in a support group, or may be referred to the SAP Counselor by a friend, guidance counselor, teacher, administrator or parent. The student will then meet individually with the SAP Counselor to discuss his/her specific situation. All services are provided during the day and at no cost to the student.
Participation in Groups
By participating in support groups with peers who share similar concerns, students are able to learn more about their particular circumstances and develop healthier coping skills. Support groups will meet once a week or bi-weekly throughout the school year during the regular school day. The schedule will be rotated so that students are not missing the same class period every time. This is an excused absence and students will be expected to make up assignments missed. Students will receive a pass from their first period teacher.
Your input and support of the SAP is extremely valuable. If you are concerned about a student you may fill out a referral form and record your observations of a variety of student behaviors, which may or may not be indicative of a wide range of problems. The referral will not become part of the student’s educational record and will be kept confidential by the SAP counselor under federal program guidelines.
If you would like to make a referral or are a student who would like to meet with the SAP Counselor, contact Mrs. Caitlin Joubert at (603) 444-5601 x5227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.