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  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:39 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    If you’re new to Student Assistance (and even if you’re a veteran SAP team member!) there’s a great resource that you might be overlooking—the SAP website at www.pnsas.org. Here you’ll find the recently added Sample SAP Agency Protocol as well the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program Liaison Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses, among other resources. Did you know Spanish translations of some of the frequently used documents for SAP are also located there? Spend some time on the site and click on the different tabs. You may be surprised at the wealth of information at your fingertips that can assist your SAP team!

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:37 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Section 1303-B of Act 44 requires that a school safety and security assessment include the student assistance program. The following documents on the SAP website at www.pnsas.org can be helpful in checking the fidelity your district’s Student Assistance Program and functioning of your SAP teams:

    SAP Best Practice Guidelines for Fidelity
    SAP Best Practice for New Teams
    SAP Flowchart
    SAP Satisfaction Surveys
    SAP FAQ and Best Practice

    Remember, if you need technical assistance in evaluating and/or strengthening the functioning of your SAP team contact your Regional Coordinator.

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:33 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    What is the role of the Student Assistance Team in addressing the opioid crisis? This past September the Surgeon General recently released, Spotlight on Opioids. Based on data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the report revealed some frightening statistics. In 2017, 11.1 million people aged 12 and older had misused prescription pain relievers in the past year and about 1.7 million people had a prescription pain reliever use disorder. During the same time period, 953,000 people received treatment for the misuse of opioid pain relievers. (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2018.)

    The Surgeon General calls for all of us to change the way in which we think and talk as well as actions we take regarding the opioid crisis. The Surgeon General recommends the following to prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery:

    •  Talk about opioid misuse. Have a conversation about preventing drug misuse and overdose.
    •  Be safe. Only take opioid medications as prescribed. Store medication in a secure place, and dispose of unused medication properly.
    •  Talk with your healthcare provider. Treatments other than opioids can be effective in managing pain.
    •  Understand that addiction is a chronic disease. However with the right treatment and supports, people do recover.
    •  Be prepared. Obtain and learn how to use Naloxone--an opioid overdose reversing drug.

    The Surgeon General calls on educators and academic institutions to do the following:

    •  Implement evidence-based prevention interventions.
    •  Provide treatment and recovery supports.
    •  Teach accurate, up-to-date, scientific information about substance use disorders as medical conditions.
    •  Enhance training of health care professionals.

    (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids. Washington, DC: HHS, September 2018.) http://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov.

    In Pennsylvania, Act 55 of 2017 requires that beginning in the 2018-19 school year, public school students in grades six through twelve receive instruction on opioid abuse prevention.

  • Thursday, October 04, 2018 11:22 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The 2018-19 SAP reporting website is now accepting your data!  Based on your feedback, the PDE-4092 form has been updated to include your suggestions.  The due date for submission of your SY 2018-19 SAP data is June 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact your SAP Regional Coordinator.

    SAP teams are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the newly revised 2018-19 4092 Reporting Form by recording some of their Fall SAP referral cases on the Form, even if a minimal number.   Doing so will give teams ideas regarding how the new Form “works” and if any suggestions for improving such result.

    If you have any suggestions to include in SAP data collection notify your Regional Coordinator no later than December 15, 2018.  Download the form Click Here


  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:26 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health. The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
    NPR, Sept. 21, 2018
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  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:24 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Suicides among children under 18 have spiked in recent years, and no patterns have emerged to define why more young people are taking their lives. The increase is forcing schools to get more engaged in detecting anything that could be seen as a sign that a student is planning self-harm.
    Centre Daily Times, Sept. 24, 2018

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  • Monday, September 24, 2018 10:21 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    On Sept. 12, 2018, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced a new and improved Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act to provide dedicated funding to states to lower the staffing ratios for school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers. The bill is similar to the former ESSCP that was funded under No Child Left Behind and has been given the same title. The new iteration of the bill is a vast improvement over the previous version. ASCA and the National Association of School Psychologists, the School Social Work Association of American and the American Psychological Association worked with Merkley and Clark's offices to update the previous ESSCP and helped their offices introduce the bill. ASCA is pleased to join NASP, SSWAA and APA as original endorsing organizations of this important legislation.

    The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act would:
    Establish two five-year renewable grant programs to staff elementary and secondary schools with school counselors, psychologists and social workers, effectively by providing federal grants to states to disburse to school districts.

    • Base allotment grants: State educational agencies would receive a grant on a proportional basis based on the number of elementary and secondary school students in each state. No state would receive less than $1 million for this grant.
    • Need-based grants: State educational agencies may apply, on a competitive basis, for additional funds through a need-based grant. States must provide matching funds in an amount equal to not less than one half of the additional grant amount. These grants are based on need for mental health services providers to achieve the recommended student-to-staff ratios for school counselors, psychologists and social workers.

    Funding in the previous program was distributed entirely through competitive grants, and a relatively low number of school districts in a few states received grants each year. The new program would provide funding for all 50 states, and because matching funds are required, states receiving the grants demonstrate a commitment to improving student mental health and wellness.

    The bill requests an initial authorization level of $5 billion the first year. ASCA is coordinating advocacy efforts with Merkley and Clark’s offices. We will keep members up-to-date with the process and will develop an action alert to solicit additional co-sponsors in the near future. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to contact your members of congress.

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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 4:08 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    PASAP has recently changed its online payment system.  We are no longer using PayPal to process credit card payments.  When you click the Pay online button while applying for or renewing your membership, registering for an event or making a donation you will be directed to a secure payment form within our site to make the payment. We believe that because you will remain on our site to process the transaction you will find it to be less confusing and more efficient process.  Once your payment is processed, you will be returned to the Invoices and payments tab on your member profile, where an invoice will appear, along with the payment entry.

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 9:38 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania State Police and Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that troopers will be conducting safety checks of every school in their coverage area at least once per shift in an effort to support safer learning environments.
    Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 18, 2018

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  • Friday, September 14, 2018 2:25 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The Food and Drug Administration announced a set of major new enforcement actions Wednesday aimed at reducing the sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes to teenagers.
    NPR, Sept. 13, 2018
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