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  • Friday, February 02, 2018 3:18 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable, and lasting change through comprehensive strategies. The Highmark Foundation has a new look and feel with some changes that are intended to make it easier for schools to apply for the grants and implement the programs. Your school may apply for a school grant in one of four areas: Bullying Prevention, Child Injury Prevention, Environmental Health, or Healthy Eating & Physical Activity. Public, private, vocational high school, parochial and charter schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) are invited to apply. Now entering its sixth year, the Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program has provided more than $1.8 million of support to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

    Click here to access the grant. All applications must be submitted online.

  • Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:58 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    When a suicide or tragedy occurs in a school district, STAR Center Outreach staff are available to consult with educators on how to provide postvention services. STAR Center Outreach staff are available by telephone to any district or agency following a suicide or tragedy that occurs in their school community 24/7 (412-864-3346). Many school districts across the country have come to rely on the Postvention Standards Manual: A Guide for a School’s Response in the Aftermath of a Sudden Death. Click here to contact the STAR Center or request a training.

  • Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:49 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS): How-To Guide & Workbook with Supplemental Materials. The PAYS How-To Guide & Workbook was designed to help you and your team to get the most out of your PAYS data. Throughout the guide you'll find worksheets that prompt you to answer thought-provoking questions about your data. Because this PDF document contains editable fields, if you're working online you may type your responses directly into the worksheets and save or print your completed guide. Access the updated guide here.

  • Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:20 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)


  • Monday, December 11, 2017 7:53 AM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Prevent Suicide PA and the Pennsylvania Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant are pleased to announce that the Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center is now live!  This site is designed to provide current and evidence-based information to anyone who may come into contact with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, including educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and the general community.  

    The Online Learning Center can be accessed by visiting https://preventsuicidepalearning.com/.

    Select featured courses include the following:

    • Suicide Prevention for Educators (an 8-class course that can fulfill Act 71 requirements for schools)
    • Clinical Approaches to Suicide Prevention for School-based Counselors
    • Method Restriction: Primary Care and Public Health Approaches

    When visiting the site for the first time, users must click the “login” tab to register, creating a username and password.  Then, click the “All Courses” tab to view all site content.  Any trainings that users complete will be documented on a transcript that may be downloaded, and some courses will offer printable certificates.

    We hope you find this new training resource useful in supporting your personal and professional suicide prevention efforts!

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 3:22 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania’s Governor signed new truancy legislation, taking effect for the 2016-17 school year, with the express purpose of improving students’ attendance and deterring truancy through a “comprehensive approach to consistently identify and address attendance issues as early as possible through credible interventions.” With the above in mind, schools should use their Student Assistance Program (SAP) building teams to support the efforts of the new truancy law, particularly with early prevention of school absences, well before they become chronic.

    Typically, the initial SAP referral is made by a concerned school staff member as a result of one or a combination of observable behaviors, triggered by a change of a student’s usual pattern of attendance, academic performance, health, and/or general behavior.  In those cases where SAP is already involved with a chronically absent student, participation by a SAP team member greatly augments the School Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) by providing first-hand historic and informational background whenever the SAIP stakeholders meet to discuss a particular student’s case.

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 3:19 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Prevention partners are once again invited to participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction from scientists and other experts.

    Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–28, 2018, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. It's easy to get involved!

    Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful activity. NIDA staff can help you order free science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2018 map of activities for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Plan Your Event—5 Steps to Hosting
    Already planning to host an event?  Register your event here.

    Also, check out NIDA's one-stop shop for teachers for information and resources to use with your students.

    Visit teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers to learn more!

    For more information, contact drugfacts@nida.nih.gov.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:32 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Prevent Suicide PA is happy to announce the 6th Annual PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention! The organization has a new website with a range of suicide prevention resources, along with information about this year’s contest.  Attached is a letter to schools and contest submission guidelines.  Additional details about the contest, including a timeline and FAQs, are available here.  Please be sure to read the letter to schools and full contest rules as they outline some new changes, as well as unique opportunities for those high school students who submit a PSA.

    Any questions about this year’s contest can be directed to Rose Milani at rose.milani@jefferson.edu.



  • Friday, September 15, 2017 3:03 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    Dear Colleague:

    Looking for a way to help your students learn about health risks, contribute to the greater good, and earn some recognition too?

    As part of the Allegheny Quits for Life campaign, Tobacco Free Allegheny is hosting a Public Service Announcement video contest for youth in grades 6 through 12. Youth can enter as a team or as an individual and are encouraged to used evidence-based research to make their videos factual and fun for youth their own age

    Entrants can choose from four topics to create a video:

    - e-cigarettes and hookahs and the dangers surrounding them;

    - the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), a youth advocacy program run by the American Lung Association (ALA) and why youth should get involved in fighting the tobacco industry;

    - the dangers of tobacco and why Allegheny County residents should quit smoking for life.

    - Tobacco 21

    Entries should be submitted/posted by 11:59pm on October 6th, 2017

    Winning videos will be placed on the Tobacco Free Allegheny, Allegheny County Health Department, and other partner websites, as well as used during the Allegheny Quits for Life Smoking Cessation Awareness Week (November 12-18, 2017). Students can enter submissions as either a team or an individual, divided into two divisions: grades 6-8 (middle school) and grades 9-12 (high school).

    To help get started, students should visit the Center for Disease Control's tobacco page (https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm<https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm&sa=D&ust=1505500084150000&usg=AFQjCNHr8AhurafBiwSSa-CTHIthsdRNYQ>). For more information on TRU, visit www.truinpa.org<https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.truinpa.org&sa=D&ust=1505500084150000&usg=AFQjCNHZJvQFD_7bX12ePuBLgO6x8cQTtg>.

    Questions can be emailed to Brittany Huffman (bhuffman@tobaccofreeallegheny.org<mailto:bhuffman@tobaccofreeallegheny.org>)

    The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form. Not susantarasevich@gmail.com? Switch account<https://accounts.google.com/AccountChooser?continue=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11QpSyS3zhukEYfH44IUSqM8ky6GHGOMUP-oMsR-03XA/viewform?usp%3Ddrive_web%26edit_requested%3Dtrue&service=wise>

     Link to the video contest http://tobaccofreeallegheny.org/psacontest.asp

    * Required

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 4:45 PM | Terry Kerr (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition (PAOASPC) and the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) have merged to form a new organization called Prevent Suicide PA.  Prevent Suicide PA will address suicide prevention across the life span.  The organization’s goal is to prevent suicide in Pennsylvania through education, training, awareness, reducing stigma, and involving those with lived experience (Loss and Attempt Survivors).  Prevent Suicide PA’s new website (www.PreventSuicidePA.org) was launched on September 10, 2017, World Suicide Prevention Day.  Check it out!  https://www.preventsuicidepa.org/

    Prevent Suicide PA will hold it’s first “Suicide Awareness Day” at the State Capitol on Monday, October 16th from 9:00 AM  – 10:30 AM.  Please join Prevent Suicide PA and help to bring suicide prevention and mental wellness into the spotlight.  Speakers will include several legislators, mental health professionals, and attempt and loss Survivors (representing lived experience from all age groups). Display tables will provide organizations with an opportunity to share suicide prevention materials.


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Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
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Titusville, Pennsylvania 16354 

Email us: support@pasap.org 

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