Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP)

  • Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP)


    The Team

    The Elementary Student Assistance Program team (ESAP team) is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, administrators, school nurses, and counselors). This team is trained to understand the issues of mental health issues, as well as chemical use, abuse, and dependency. ESAP plays a primary role in the identification and referral process of students coming to their attention through the procedures outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program. ESAP is not a treatment program; rather it is a systematic process to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning and, where the problems are beyond the scope of the school, to assist the student and parents with information so they may access services in the community.

    Hamburg Area School District has made a commitment to serving each student to help them obtain a complete academic education. Our priority is to have students concentrate on the process of learning without the negative impacts of emotional distress and/or chemical use.


    Each team member has undergone special training approved by the PA Department of Education. The team works at all buildings within the Hamburg Area School District to identify and help students who have emotional health and/or drug or alcohol issues hindering their ability to obtain a complete education. The team works closely with a trained mental health and drug and alcohol professional.

    Referral and Treatment

    Students may be referred to the Elementary Student Assistance Team by teachers, parents, and other students, or by self referral. Any student who violates the HASD drug and alcohol policy will automatically be referred to ESAP for an assessment. All referrals to ESAP are kept confidential within the team.   With parent approval, ESAP may offer student-centered services such as educational support groups, in-school mentoring, and aftercare resources.

    Warning Signs

    Childhood is a time of many transitions. Some moodiness and change in a student's behavior is part of normal development. However, when you notice a marked change or gradual deterioration over a period of time it should cause concern.

    Please contact a member of ESAP if you notice any of the following signs listed below, being displayed by your child. The team can assist in deciding if a student needs help in accessing appropriate community resources. Referral forms may also be submitted to the Nurse’s office.

    • Deterioration of relationships with family members
    • Change in friends
    • Change in eating habits
    • Change in sleeping habits
    • Excessive need for privacy
    • Change in personal grooming or attire
    • Poor school attendance
    • Declining grades
    • Lost interest in hobbies, sports and other favorite activities
    • Unexplained moodiness or anger
    • Unusual fatigue or burst of energy
    • Unusual spending habits or having unexplained money
    • Possessing drug paraphernalia
    • Glassy bloodshot eyes
    • Frequent cold like symptoms


    ESAP Team Members at Perry Elementary

    Andrea Berger - Principal                      Della Kennedy - Teacher

    Cheryl Anderson - School Counselor        Janis Umberger - Teacher

    Karen Kuhns - School Nurse                   Jolee Harclerode- School Psychologist

    Lori Piscitelli - Speech Therapist              Kathy Dimera - Teacher

    Beth Lerario - Caron rep                         Heidi Heberle - Teacher


    ESAP Team Members at Tilden Elementary

    Lacie Cucciuffo- Principal                      Rebecca Noecker - Teacher

    Audrey Arms - School Counselor        Lisa Fegley - Teacher

    Karen Kuhns - School Nurse                  Jolee Harclerode- School Psychologist

    Joan Honicker - Teacher                        Ryan McGinley - Teacher

    Beth Lerario - Caron rep                        Justine Reading - Teacher

    Kristen Missimer - Teacher                     Paul Havanko - Teacher





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