Student Assistance Program (SAP)

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP)


    Student Assistance Team

     The Hamburg Education Assistance Team (HEAT) is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, administrators, school nurses, and counselors). This team is trained to understand the issues of adolescent chemical use, abuse, and dependency, as well as mental health issues. HEAT 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 (SAP). SAP 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 High School 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 chemical use/abuse and emotional distress.


    Each team member has undergone special training approved by the PA Department of Education. The team works at the high school to identify and help students with substance abuse problems or who have emotional health issues hindering their ability to obtain a complete education. The team works closely with a trained drug/alcohol and mental health professional.

    Referral and Treatment

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

    Warning Signs

    Adolescence 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 HEAT if you notice any of the following signs listed below. The team can assist in deciding if a student needs help in accessing appropriate community resources. Referral forms may also be submitted in the blue box in 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

    SAP Team Members

    Dr. Shawn Gravish - Principal       Tim Easter - Dean of Students

    Chuck Kutz - School Counselor     Christina Getz - Sap Liaison from Caron Foundation

    Beth Jackowski - School Nurse     Meredith Hollis - School Psychologist

    Margie Bauer - Teacher               Glenn Miller - Teacher 

    Allison Rizzo- Teacher                 Connie Kissinger – Teacher     

    Beth Horrigan - Teacher              Suzanne Knopf - Special Education Teacher      

     Community Based Resources and Treatment Centers

    AL-ANON Berks County 610-373-5237
    AL-ATEEN (Allentown) 610-778-2066
    AL-ATEEN (Berks) 610-373-5237
    Berks Counseling Center 610-373-4281
    Caron Foundation 610-678-2332
    Child and Family Support Services 610-376-8558
    Concern 610-944-0445
    Council on Chemical Abuse 610-376-8669
    Family Guidance Center 610-374-4963
    Family Life Services 610-682-1337
    Narcotics Anonymous  610-374-5944
    Reading Hospital Drug/Alcohol Center 610-988-8512 (24 hour hotline)
    Reading Hospital Center for Mental Health 610-988-8070
    TALKLINE 610-374-TALK (8255)

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