What is a Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey define Student Assistance programs as a comprehensive framework for the delivery of K- 12 universal, targeted prevention/intervention strategies and programs. Student Assistance services are designed to address risk factors, promote protective factors and increase overall success.
Student Assistance Programs address barriers to learning that impact the individual student in order to increase student success while improving school climate. Student Assistance Programs partner with parents, students, school resource officers, other school faculty, community coalitions, agencies and services in seeking to remove barriers that impede student success.
The Role and Value of a Student Assistance Coordinator
UNIQUE AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING
The New Jersey Department of Education has established specific criteria required for individuals to become certified Student Assistance Coordinators. These criteria ensure that the SAC is qualified to provide substance abuse/mental health prevention, intervention, counseling and related services. On-going professional development ensures that SACs remain up-to-date on current research, trends, techniques, and community resources.