Student Assistance Program (EShare)
What is Student Assistance?
A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic intervention process designed to help students who may be at risk of engaging in harmful behavior. A student referred to SAP may have emotional, social, and/or substance abuse problems which conflict with the normal learning process. These problems include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Academic and behavioral difficulties
- Student neglect
- Physical, psychological, and sexual abuse
- Student eating disorders
- Student pregnancy
- Student depression and other mental health disorders
- Student truancy and drop-out
- Student substance abuse
- Suicidal tendencies
- Grieving process
The heart of the SAP is a specially trained Elementary Student Help and Referral Team, better known as the ESHARE Team. The focus of the elementary ESHARE Team is to identify and help students who are experiencing barriers to learning such as having mental health needs, substance abuse problems, or suicidal intention. Building administrators, school counselors, a social work facilitator, and teacher form the team. Working closely with the team are trained drug and alcohol counselors and mental health professionals. Students referred to the program may eventually receive professional counseling at appropriate drug and alcohol, or mental health community agencies.
- Ms. Kara Baxter, School Counselor
- Ms. Jill Flemming, School Counselor
- Ms. Mallory Myers, School Counselor
- Mrs. Colleen Lorelli, Instructional Support Teacher
- Mrs. Lynda Mader, Instructional Support Teacher
- Mrs. Michele Updegraff, Social Worker Facilitator
- Dr. Tami Minneci, School Psychologist
- Mrs. Linda Sellers, SAP Consultant
- Mrs. Lois Carlisle, School Nurse
Members of the ESHARE team need to have a common base of knowledge about Student Assistance Programs in relation to children and adolescent chemical dependency, suicide, and othe rmental health concerns. This requires extensive off-site training in order to successfully implement a Student Assistance Program and to become a member of the team. Once training is completed, members meet on a rotating week basis throughout the year. This team is not a disciplinary team, nor does it provide therapy, but it will refer students to appropriate sources of help.
How Does the ESHARE Team Function?
The most basic of the principle activities of the ESHARE Team are as follows:
- Receive referrals concerning students at-risk.
- Conduct needs assessments for referred students.
- Arrange assistance from intervention resources in the school and the community.
The ESHARE Team will receive referrals from school personnel, parents, and students, as well as student self-referrals. A written referral should be submitted to the school counselor or directly to an ESHARE Team Member at any of the elementary schools.
After receiving a referral, team members will gather factual, school-based information about the student and will also talk with the student. From the information received, the team will develop recommendations and in some instances, facilitate the student's access to intervention or treatment. Parental and student involvement is critical to the success of the process. Therefore, permission from parents and student is required in order for an assessment to take place.
The ESHARE Team is committed to utmost confidentiality in all aspects of the intervention process. Matters brought before the team members will not be shared outside the team. However, as school personnel, team members are obligated to report to proper authorities cases of child abuse and neglect (as defined by the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law) and situations where a student may deliberately harm himself/herself or others.