Student Assistance Program

Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Violence in Schools

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a drug, alcohol and violence education/prevention program designed to help students make positive choices about healthy lifestyles. It consists of class presentations, theme-centered groups, and individual student and faculty consultations.

Second Start services Merrimack Valley Middle and High Schools, Pittsfield Middle and High Schools and Hopkinton Middle and High Schools. This prevention program is also offered as part of the curriculum of Second Start’s Alternative High School.

Can Second Start’s Student Assistance Program Help?

  • EXPERIENCE: qualified counseling staff have been providing services since 1986; operating in local elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Greater area.
  • FLEXIBILITY: half day to five days per week programming available; programs are tailored to fit your needs.
  • SCOPE: administrative policy support; staff training; direct intervention with students, parent support and education.

Student Services

Educational Discussion Groups:

  • Weekly groups meet to educate students to the dangers of drug and alcohol use and to alternative positive choices.
  • Students learn the effects violence, drugs, and alcohol, create for individuals, families, and society.
  • Students learn how to accept support and how to use new coping strategies.

Classroom Presentations:

  • Students learn about the support services available in their school, and how and when to seek help.
  • Topics include communicating effectively, making good choices, violence prevention, and basic drug and alcohol education.

Assessment and Referral:

  • Counselors meet individually with students to assess their needs.
  • Treatment plans including referrals to in-school or community agencies.
  • Written evaluations done at the request of school personnel who are very concerned about a student.

School Services

Training Seminars for Professionals:

  •  Educators gain an understanding of the cycle of addiction and violence.
  • Educators learn how to recognize students who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.
  • Staff learn methods to effectively communicate with students who are affected by drugs or violence.

Parent Education:

  • Seminars present information to parents and guardians about the nature of substance and violence use.
  • Parents learn how to help their children deal effectively with the pressures of drug and violence use.
  • Individual meetings with parents offer support and help meet the unique needs of families.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact:

Kim Haley, SAP Counselor/Coordinator
450 North State Street
Concord NH 03301
PHONE: (603) 225-3318
FAX: (603) 226-0842
EMAIL: khaley@second-start.org