Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program is a nation-wide, school-based prevention/intervention program focusing on students in grades 6-12. While this program concentrates on students at risk of, or using alcohol and/or other drugs, staff also see students with concerns such as teen depression, low self-esteem, chronic truancy, grief issues, children of divorce, teen pregnancy/or early parenthood, children of alcoholics or substance abuse. This program centers on all facets of a student's needs to determine the nature of a problem, its level of severity and whether to refer a student to a more intense level of service. The Student Assistance Program is not intended to be treatment or therapy.
Our Student Assistance Counselors provide free services at the following Lewis County school districts: Beaver River Central, Harrisville Central, Lowville Academy and South Lewis Central as well as Adirondack Central School. Participation in this program is both voluntary and confidential* for all students. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, other school personnel, community agencies or the students themselves.
* The Student Assistance Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality. At the first visit, prior to admission, each student is informed of their right to confidentiality. He/She is informed that all information shared with the Counselor will not be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement that is signed voluntarily by the student. If there is a disclosure regarding child abuse, child neglect, or personal harm, staff are mandated reporters and will make necessary contacts to ensure the safety of the student.