• Klinger Middle School
    Student Assistance Program Counselor
    Jessica Shinton, MS, NCC, MFT
    shinje@centennialsd.org or jshinton@councilsepa.org

     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.