The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3161.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 1:06 PM

Abstract #72542

Choosing the appropriate student assistance program model in the K-12 environment

Cynthia Peck, Four Wings, Inc., 1400 Quail Street, Suite 180, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-759-9309, and Charity Cason, MS, Educational & Community Initiatives, WestEd, 801 N. Parkcenter Drive, Suite 110, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

There is a wide and diverse use of the term Student Assistance Program (SAP) in the K-12 environment. SAPs were originally modeled after Employee Assistance Programs in the workplace and focused on the treatment of middle and high school students concerning alcohol and drug use. Today the programs and processes that make up SAPs in K-12 settings fall along a broad continuum of prevention, intervention and treatment addressing many health and behavior problems. This presentation will examine the historical and philosophical evolution of SAPs into a number of current day models along this continuum and overlay the variables for selecting a SAP model within the context of staffing, resources and desired outcomes. Progress in evaluating SAPs may also guide SAP program selection. Participants will be able to examine a number of variables within a continnum of philosophical and programmatic issues in selecting an appropriate SAP model for their K-12 environment.

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Keywords: Prevention, School-Based Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA