Student Assistance Program
Providing assist school personnel in identifying problems for children and teens with substance use and/or mental health/behavioral concerns in school.
- 100 Emerson Lane, Suite 1525, Bridgeville, PA 15017
- 6401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
- 211 Huff Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601
- 106 Laird Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
- 521 Plymouth Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
- 5591 Ridge Road , Natrona Heights, PA 15065
- 314 S. Water Street, Kittanning, PA 16201
- 4250 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146
- 310 Central City Plaza, New Kensington, PA 15068
- 104 Beta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
- 335 E. 4th Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084
- 201 Corbet Street, Tarentum, PA 15084
- 3230 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
- 90 West Chestnut Suite 200EW, Washington, PA 15301
- 243 Johnston Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
- 5250 Caste Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
- 16055 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090
- 221 Penn Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
The student assistance program is administered by the Department of Education and operates in every middle school, high school and many elementary schools across the state. This program is designed to assist school personnel in identifying problems that their students may be having which pose a barrier to their learning and success.
Our Student Assistance Team consists of a team of school personnel and our behavioral health liaisons who are trained to identify problems and make recommendations to students and parents, using techniques to mobilize student resources to remove barriers to learning. Barriers may include substance use and/or mental health/behavioral concerns.
Additionally, our Student Assistance Program behavioral health liaisons screen students and their parents to find the appropriate resources for their individual needs. Our liaisons also work collaboratively with the entire team to help identify effective classroom interventions for teachers and other school staff.
Our liaisons provide:
- Behavioral health expertise in the school setting
- Consultation to parents, teachers and students
- Confidential behavioral health screenings of students
- Referrals to community agencies and resources
- In-school support to students
- Prevention and Education groups to increase students awareness and coping abilities
- Postvention services (a postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide by supporting students who may need it)
- Presentations and trainings to school personnel, students and community members
- Attend community-based school events
Our liaisons will not work with any students who have not received parental or guardian consent. The exception is if there is a postvention need.
Changes in personality, attitude or behavior
Difficulty with peer relationships
If you would like to learn about how to get the Student Assistance Program at your school, please contact:
Tamra McClafferty, LCSW, Program Director
724-335-9883, ext. 564
Or use the Get In Touch form on this page.
Referrals to our program should be made to the child’s school either through the principal, school counselor, social worker or child’s teacher.