Klinger SAP Team

Klinger Middle School
Student Assistance Program Counselor
Jessica Shinton, MS, NCC, MFT

[email protected] or [email protected]

What is the Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student's success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. While Student Assistance Programs exist in other areas of the country, the structure and operation of the program in Pennsylvania is a unique expression of an integrated model serving the needs of Pennsylvania families and students.

SAP Team at Klinger Middle School

The Klinger SAP Team meets bi-weekly. The team is composed of trained teachers, guidance counselors, social worker, school nurse and administration. The goal of the team is to identify at risk students, collect data and identify in-school supports for the student.

Current SAP Team Members

  • Karen Blumenthal
  • Renee Stanley
  • Carol Quinlan
  • Jim Ford
  • Staci Kincus
  • Amanda Palo
  • Jessica Tomlinson
  • Patrick Dotzman
  • Vicki Buzan

Services Provided by SAP Counselor

  • In School Assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Referral services to any student who may be experiencing personal, family, and/or peer difficulties that may be interfering with their success in school
  • Groups and Individual problem-solving sessions are provided to students depending on the needs in the school community

Concerns or Reasons for Referral to the SAP Team

Grief and Loss
Family Changes
Eating Disorders
Crisis Management
Substance Abuse
Social Skills
Change in friends
Drop in grades


All SAP services are confidential.

Who can make a referral:

Community Members

How to make a referral:

Any SAP team member can be contacted to make a referral
as well as the SAP Counselor.

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