| Hershey Intervention & Prevention Program |
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of School Options and Safety in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. Derry Township School District’s Student Assistance Program is HIP (Hershey Intervention & Prevention Program)
The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance. 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 their students.
Derry Township School District has made a commitment to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide a Student Assistance Program. The program is designed to:
- provide prevention based activities and programs
- accept referrals of students who are experiencing barriers to learning and school success such as alcohol or drug use, depression, anxiety, grief, or other concerns
- intervene and refer these students to the appropriate school or community resources. This is a prevention and an intervention program, not a treatment program
The District made its decision to provide a Student Assistance Program because of its commitment to an educational environment which does not tolerate the use of alcohol or drugs and which promotes positive mental health and healthy life choices.