Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a school-based mental health/substance abuse program where counselors provide FREE, voluntary and confidential assessments, counseling and referral services to students and their families.

SAP counselors provide school-based short-term therapeutic services, including assessments, individual, family, group and crisis counseling.

Our SAP counselors are actively involved in daily school life.  Our counselors:
  • Participate in school-related committees
  • Provide information, resources and referrals
  • Parent engagement
  • Facilitate interactive educational activities; such as

      • Prevention Education
      • Monthly/Weekly National Health
      • Observances
      • Problem Gambling
      • Drunk/Drugged/Distracted Driving
      • Substance Abuse
      • Children of Alcoholics
      • Alcohol Awareness
      • Drug Facts
      • National Problem Gambling
      • Kick Butts Day
      • Great American Smokeout
SAP counselors provide staff training concerning mental health and adolescent issues. Benefits to having on-site SAP counselors include students and the school community have access to on-site counseling and referral services; professional, on-site response to mental health emergencies, including suicide assessment or coping with loss; and substance abuse education.

SAP counselors are in North Syracuse Central School District and Syracuse City School District high schools.

“You helped me in a way that I couldn't help myself. I know I wouldn't have been able to pass high school without knowing you were always there if I ever needed someone to talk to.”

- 18 year old
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