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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of PASAP Board Director, Joel Wentling. Joel passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for the past eight months.  He was 51 years old. 

    Joel served on the PASAP Board of Directors for 13 years, representing the Northwest Region.  Elected to the board in 2006, he quickly demonstrated his passion for supporting children, especially those who were experiencing difficulties in school and at home.  As mentioned in his obituary, it was very clear that he loved his students and thought that it was important to understand kids, respect them and build relationships with them. He contributed greatly to the board over the years, serving as treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, and as an executive officer. 

    Joel was instrumental in the planning of our annual conference, participated in making important board decisions, and took pride in leading the planning for the Northwest Region Workshops for several years. 

    Joel served on the Crawford County Children’s Advisory Council and as a school counselor, assistant principal and most recently as a building principal during his 22 years in the Conneaut School District. 

    Joel was a wonderful man and even better friend. He will be missed greatly. He leaves behind his wife Michelle, son, Jamin, daughter, Mesa, and son, Justin Lewis and his wife Kylee.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    Prevent Suicide PA announces the launch of the 2020 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention.

    We are happy to announce our eighth  Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention. Each year we receive creative and engaging submissions and are looking forward to this year’s entries.

    Whether you have submitted a PSA in past contests or are new to this process, please be sure to read the Rules for Submission document. 

    Any questions can be directed to

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    By Carolyn Welshonce - PASAP Board Director

    For years, I have been telling families that there is little they can do for their age 14 plus minor who might be resistant to receiving mental health services.  I was always under the impression that once a student reaches the age of 14, the student is then able to make all of their own mental health decisions, leaving their parents with their hands tied.  I then received documentation of Act No. 2004-147 (Senate Bill No. 137, Session of 2004) which was issued on June 29, 2018 and defines consent to mental health treatment for minor children.

    Act No. 2004-147 addresses minors who are 14 years of age but less than 18 years of age.  According to Act No. 2004-147 a parent is not able to deny services to a 14 year old student who is seeking mental health services.  This should be a rule that most of us are likely accustomed to; however, also according to Act No. 2004-147, a parent is now able to provide consent to outpatient treatment services without the consent of the minor.  I was always aware that parents were not able to deny services to a 14 year old student; however, I was very happy to see that this Act allows parents to arrange services for their 14 plus year old service-resistant minor.

    Here are some more details that you might be interested to learn.  A 14 year old plus minor is not able to object to voluntary outpatient services in which the parent has arranged.  At the same time, a parent is not able to object to voluntary outpatient services in which the student has arranged.  When looking at inpatient services, a student is still able to voluntarily consent to those services without parental consent.  A parent is also able to consent to inpatient services for their 14 year old plus minor without needing to initiate the involuntary treatment process.  If a 14 year old plus minor objects to an inpatient treatment service that a parent has initiated, he/she would have the ability to petition the court and request withdrawal from the treatment. 

    There are other components of Act No. 2004-147 that you might find useful as you work with these age 14 plus minors.  To read more about Act No. 2004-147 please follow this link: or contact the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Program at 717-772-7900.  Thank you for all you do to help support all of our school aged students.  Have a wonderful year and remember to take time for your own self-care.
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    This morning, for the first time in 37 years, United States Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams issued a Surgeon General's Advisory on marijuana, becoming the first Surgeon General to do so since former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's in 1982.

    Joined by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Surgeon General Adams hosted a national press conference to share the details of his Advisory on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain. During the press conference, Surgeon General Adams urged health leaders and prevention advocates to convey that "no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe."

    In his Advisory, Surgeon General Adams asserts that "marijuana can impair learning in adolescents," with chronic marijuana use "linked to declines in IQ and school performance that jeopardizes professional and social achievements and life satisfaction." He goes on to emphasize that "marijuana use is also linked to risk for and early onset of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia" and "adolescent marijuana use is often associated with other substance use."

    General Arthur T. Dean, CADCA's Chairman & CEO, was invited to attend the press conference, and his thoughts on the advisory are included in a press release issued today by CADCA. General Dean believes that " accordance with the science and medical research developed by NIH and endorsed by Surgeon General Adams, adolescent marijuana use is unsafe and can have extremely detrimental effects on the developing brain."

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), in collaboration with the Penn State EPISCenter, the PA Department of Education (PDE), and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency has developed a video training series entitled, School-Based Primary Prevention: A Key to Combating the Opioid Epidemic.  This training is intended to provide an overview of the opioid crisis and information on best practice and strategies schools can use to help prevent opioid misuse. This video series is comprised of 20 videos broken into 5 learning modules:

    • Module One:  The Real Truths of the Opioid Epidemic
    • Module Two:  Primary Prevention - The Big Picture
    • Module Three:  Essential Elements of Programs That Work
    • Module Four:  How to Incorporate Primary Prevention into the School Environment
    • Module Five:  What You Can Do to Help

    The training is available on PDE’s SAS Portal.  This will allow teachers/others to receive two Act 48 hours for completing the training.  The training can be used toward fulfilling professional development requirements related to Act 55 of 2017

    The training is also available on the DDAP and EPISCenter websites.  Each video is downloadable with the purpose of allowing individual videos to be incorporated into presentations, trainings, etc. others provide.

  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Some local school officials say the increase in teen vaping is becoming a noticeable disturbance in their schools, prompting them to become more educated on the matter and address the issue by updating policies. Jesse Wallace, superintendent at Laurel Highlands School District, said they are working with PSBA to craft a policy that specifically cites e-cigarettes.
    Herald-Standard, July 8, 2019
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  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    On July 2, 2019, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 621 into law. The legislation was intended to clarify past decisions by the General Assembly related to school safety, specifically identifying who may be armed on school property.

    Per the legislation, effective this fall, only school police officers (SPOs), school resource officers (SROs), and school security guards – all of whom must have the proper training and credentials – will be permitted to carry a firearm.  This legislation does not allow any other school personnel or staff to be armed on school property.

    To ensure a thorough review and accurate communication, the Department of Education will work with our school and education partners to review, clarify, and share practical guidance related to the new law by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Barely a day after America’s latest school shooting, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a package of bills that they say could help stop future acts of violence before they happen.
    Pennsylvania Capital-Star, May 8, 2019

    Full Story 

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    In February 2019, the terms of six (6) members of the PASAP Board of Directors will expire.  In January of 2019, we will be electing six (6) Board Directors, one (1) in each of the six (6) regions of the state. 

    Refer to the map that illustrates the six PASAP regions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania .

    Have you been looking for a way to get more involved in Student Assistance?  Do you see great things happening in SAP in your region that you would like to share with the rest of the Commonwealth?  Do you see pockets of need and want to be part of team that problem solves and advocates for professional development, education and change?  Or, do you work with another student assistance professional that you believe would be a good addition to the PASAP Board of Directors?

    If so, please consider running or nominating someone to run for a position on the Board. The only prerequisite is to be an active member of PASAP, be SAP trained and able to volunteer your time to support the mission of Student Assistance.

    If you believe you have the vision and the energy to provide shared leadership to fellow professionals in the field of Student Assistance, consider completing the electronic nomination form.

    Please read the following information regarding board responsibilities and the nomination process. Board Directors are expected to be individuals who can demonstrate leadership in various fields of interest that support the mission of Student Assistance in our Commonwealth.  Board Directors include school SAP core team members, including central office personnel, agency liaisons and/or treatment personnel, among others.  PASAP is committed to serving the culturally diverse needs of its membership and strives to reflect that diversity in its Board composition.  We welcome all nominations that will help us maintain that necessary balance. 

    Board Directors are expected to attend the annual conference, and all four regularly scheduled meetings of the board.  The term of office for board Directors is three years.

    This letter represents an official solicitation and request for nominations.  To be nominated an individual MUST:

    • Complete the electronic PASAP Board Director Nomination Form no later than Friday, December 21, 2018; include a brief summary of why you feel you would be an effective member of the PASAP Board of Directors and a brief bio, both for use on the ballot.

    To submit your nomination follow this link PASAP Board Nomination Form

    One of the rights and responsibilities of membership in PASAP is the nomination and election of members to the PASAP Board of Directors.Election ballots will be sent electronically to all active PASAP members the week of January 7, 2019.  Newly elected Board Directors will be introduced to the membership at the PASAP Annual Conference February 24 – 26, 2019 convened at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

    In advance, thank you for your continued interest and support of PASAP. Please visit our website at for regular updates and be sure to let us know how we can support you in your ongoing efforts to remove the barriers to learning so all youth can meet their full potential.


    LeeAnn Guido
    LeeAnn Guido, PASAP Board Nominations Chairperson

  • Friday, November 02, 2018 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    The American Mental Wellness Association has a limited number of scholarships available to people who would like to attend their precedent setting conference at the Hershey Lodge on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 & 20, 2018.  The title of the conference is "A Healthier Mind is a Happier Life:  In the Workplace; In the Military; In the Classroom; In the Community; In the Home; In Sports!"

    If you know people who are interested in attending the entire two day conference on scholarship, please email me with names and email addresses.  I will contact them to assist in the scholarship registration process.  


    15 CEUs for those who fall under the PA Social Workers Law and CEUs are approved for Nurses # of Units TBA soon.


    For information on the conference:


Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 1254
State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

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