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Student Assistance Program

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Darlene Conley is the student assistance program counselor. The SAP program is located in room 243. You may contact Ms. Conley by calling the school at 624-6352 ext.1243 or through e-mail at dconley@mansd.org. There is an SAP counselor half time in each middle school and full time in each high school in Manchester.

The purpose of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to identify and help students who may be experiencing personal, family, alcohol, or other drug problems which may be affecting their ability to perform well in school. By participating in support groups with peers who share similar concerns, students are able to learn more about their particular circumstances and develop healthier coping skills. Participation is completely voluntary.

Support groups are separate by gender, and consist of no more than 12 students. They provide an opportunity for sharing common concerns, experiences, and ideas in a caring and supportive environment. All information shared in the groups falls under State and Federal confidentiality guidelines. Groups meet weekly on a rotating basis so students don't miss the same class more then twice a quarter.

Getting Involved

Informational presentations are made by the SAP Coordinator in the beginning of the school year. Students can sign up to participate in a support group, or may be referred to the SAP Counselor by friends, guidance counselors, teachers, administrators or parents. Each student then meets individually with the SAP Counselor to discuss her/his specific situation. All services are provided during the school day, and at no cost to the students.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the SAP. Contact with the SAP Counselor and participation in support groups are confidential under State (R.S.A. 318-B:12-A) and Federal Laws (42C.F.R. Part 2). The only exceptions to these laws are cases of suicidal or homicidal behaviors, as well as cases of abuse or neglect.

Some Examples of Available Groups
  • Substance Education – for those interested in learning more about their own substance use
  • Children of Addiction – for those students whose lives are affected by the substance use of a relative
  • Communication – for students who want to improve the quality of their relationships with family and friends
  • Family Issues – for those that are experiencing a stress in their family such as divorce or domestic violence 
  •  Grief/Loss – for those struggling with the death of a loved one 
  • Special Topics – groups are often developed based on student need/request
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