Student Services and Support

STAR - Student Teacher Assistance Referral 


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of School Options and Safety in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.   The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance. 

SAP is a systemic process using techniques to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community alcohol and drug and mental health agencies.  SAP team members are trained to identify problems, determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the responsibility of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.   When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community.  The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat or refer to treatment; but they may refer for a screening or an assessment for treatment. 


Members of Penncrest High School's SAP team are: 

Jessica Scott - STAR Coordinator, Joseph Fuhr- Assistant Principal, Dave Stango-Assistant Principal, Bernadette Dacanay - Home & School Visitor, Alisa Herman-Lui- Nurse, Lori Rice-Spring - Guidance Counselor, Rochelle Eaton - Guidance Counselor, Sandra Carter - Teacher, Lisa Lobitz - Teacher, Joshua Mattson - School Psychologist.


STAR Coordinator Jessica Scott can be reached at 610-627-6216 or  

 Confidential referrals may be made by anyone to any member of the team.

Additional Info

A Friend Asks app

"A Friend Asks" App

Would You Know How to Help a Friend Who is Contemplating Suicide?

“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!

The “A Friend Asks” App contains the following information:

  • warning signs of suicidal ideation
  • how to help a friend
  • how to get help now
  • what to do and what not to do
  • the B1 Program

If in an immediate crisis, call 911.  If you, or a friend, need to talk with a counselor for help or need resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (anytime 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255) or use the Get Help Now button on the app.


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