Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a program utilized by many schools within Berks County. The program enables school personnel to identify students who are experiencing behavioral and/or academic difficulties, which pose a barrier to learning and scholastic success. A school SAP team will offer support to identified students and their families and assist them in accessing appropriate services.

Who can serve as a SAP team member?

A SAP team consists of school and community agency staffs that have completed a specialized training in the Student Assistance process. These individuals typically include school teachers, nurses and guidance counselors, as well as community mental health and drug and alcohol liaisons.

Who can use SAP services?

Any person concerned about the educational performance or overall well-being of a student may refer that student to SAP. A student can be referred by a parent, teacher, neighbor, school support staff, peer or even refer themselves. People making these referrals share a common goal: to help students to enhance their emotional and behavioral health so they can succeed academically. All information is kept confidential.

How does someone refer a student to SAP?

Every school SAP team functions differently. Check the school website for information or contact the guidance counselor, who will assist you in referring a student. For contact information specific to your child’s school, please contact Teresa Tieman Detweiler, the Council SAP Coordinator, by email at or by phone at (610) 376-8669, Ext. 136.

What happens when a student is referred to SAP?

When a student is referred, the referral form is received by the SAP team. The team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from individuals who have contact with the student, such as teachers and coaches. Information may also be collected from the parent. The SAP Team then meets with the parent to discuss the data collected. A plan is collectively developed to address the barriers to learning. The plan may include a behavioral health assessment or linkage to school and/or community resources. The SAP team will continue to work with and support the student and family throughout the process.

Are you looking for additional information about SAP in Berks County?

You may contact Teresa Tieman Detweiler, the Council on Chemical Abuse SAP Coordinator, by email at or by phone at (610) 376-8669, Ext. 136. for more information.

Student Assistance Program/SAP Brochure

Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program website

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