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Student Assistance Professionals (SAP)

What is SAP?

The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program is a unique collaboration between schools, community agencies, county human services, and the Pennsylvania State Departments of Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs and Education. The Network for SAP Services provides leadership, communication and monies to support SAP at the county and local school level.

At the local school level, a highly trained, multidisciplinary school team works with the staff to identify students’ barriers to learning and school success. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Mental health
  • Family and academic stressors which pose learning barriers

The SAP team identifies students, determines whether their problem lies within the responsibility of the school to address and makes recommendations to assist students and families remove barriers to learning. When a problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team, including the community agency liaison, will assist the parent and student to identify appropriate services within the community and school to address the issues and work toward improvement.

Who are We?

Staff of the Addiction Medicine Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. We are Pennsylvania Approved SAP Trainers who have been training schools and other professions in SAP for more than 30 years. Our team of professional educators, clinicians and preventionists bring school and agency personnel high quality initial and advanced training as well as ongoing coaching that is designed to help teams function effectively. Our goal is to help schools build sustainable systems for addressing student learning barriers in the best way possible.

We currently offer the following courses and training for school personnel including teachers, nurses, school liaisons, administrators, clinical staff, and probation officers. Learn more about each course below:


If you have questions about any of our training courses, please call 412-235-5377.