Student Assistance Program (SAP)

SAPStudent Assistance Programs (SAP) provide a comprehensive model for the delivery of K-12 prevention, intervention and support services. SAP's are designed to reduce student risk factors, promote protective factors and increase asset development. The purpose of the program is to increase student success in safe, disciplined and drug-free schools and communities.

The Student Assistance Program was first implemented in the Lee’s Summit School District in 1992. Today each educational center in the district has an established Student Assistance Program (SAP). SAPs provide a framework for increasing student success by reducing barriers to learning. This is accomplished by providing identification and early intervention for those students considered challenged by the school environment. SAP's meet the unique needs of both individual schools and individual students. Therefore, each school has formed a proactive network designed to meet the distinctive needs of its student population.

A part time district SAP coordinator was hired in August, 2007 through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) received by Lee’s Summit CARES. The coordinator oversees implementation of the building level Student Assistance Programs including training of SAP teams, collecting data with the SAP data system and coordination the SAP teams districtwide.

The following are a sampling of goals met as the Student Assistance Programs continue to develop:

1The SAP district coordinator, hired through the collaboration of Lee’s Summit CARES and Lee’s Summit School District, annually assesses the needs of each learning center’s Student Assistance Program. This is accomplished through individual meetings with school SAP coordinators, participation in team meetings, and group meetings with elementary and secondary principals.

2 Lee’s Summit School District is the only district in Jackson County using a web-based Case Management System to collect data on SAP referrals and outcomes on a district wide level. This data collection system has enabled each school to identify those students most at risk and design strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing monitoring and support is a key component of this process.

3The SAP coordinators continue to be involved in the coordination of services provided by SAP with Response to Intervention. The SAP process is enhanced through collaboration with a variety of community resources. Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health, Lee’s Summit CARES and Lee’s Summit School District have combined resources to provide a licensed school based therapist at three Lee’s Summit elementary schools. The therapist meets with individual students and consults with parents and staff members on the needs of the student. The program is funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.