Student Assistance Program

What is Student Assistance Program (SAP)?

The mission of Cedar Cliff’s Student Assistance Program is to identify, intervene, refer, and monitor students having school related problems because of alcohol, drug, and/or mental health issues.  The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance.


Who is involved?

The core of the program is the Student Assistance Team comprised of teachers, administrators, school counselors, school nurses, and an outside consultant trained to work with students.  Although student confidentiality is of utmost importance, the SAP team has found that in most circumstances it is beneficial to the student's welfare to involve parents from the beginning.


How does SAP work?

The Student Assistance Team receives referrals from parents, students, teachers, administrators, and other concerned school personnel.  Referrals are made by contacting the school nurse or any other member of the SAP group (see member list below). 


How do I make a confidential referral?

Referrals can be made in-person or you may write/e-mail any member with the following information:


Your Name

Name of Student(s) you are concerned about

Reason for Concern 


*Please note that all emergency situations should be immediately brought to the attention of the guidance office or the school nurse.


What happens after a confidential referral?

After receiving a referral, team members gather information from other staff members who have had contact with the student.  An informal team meeting is convened to determine the status of the referral.  Parents are then contacted and asked to provide written consent before SAP services are initiated.  The recommendation could be a conference with a SAP member or a request for an assessment provided by a trained specialist from a drug and alcohol or mental health agency.  These specialists work with the team members to recommend appropriate action for that individual student.  The team monitors and provides support for the student throughout the process. 

For additional information about the Cedar Cliff Student Assistance Program, please contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Teresa Stoner at [email protected]  or Mrs. Kersha Farrow at [email protected]

Below is a brochure which highlights information related to the Student Assistance Team at Cedar Cliff as well as a list of the staff involved.  


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