As the hub of the North Country Regional Public Health Network and Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Network, the North Country Health Consortium understands that Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) in middle and high schools are one of the most comprehensive, evidence-based school approaches to preventing and reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
NCHC works with schools throughout the North Country to initiate grant funding and contracts with the state in order to place highly trained SAP Counselors in middle and high schools.
Through school-wide education programs, individual and group counseling, outreach, and referrals, SAP Counselors employ Project SUCCESS-based programming to deliver evidence-based substance misuse prevention and early intervention services. The program benefits students, families, school staff, and administrators by building connections while providing support and guidance on important issues facing youth today.
NCHC provides individual and peer supervision for all SAP counselors in the region. Currently, the following North Country schools have established Student Assistance Programming:
Student Assistance Program counselors (left to right): Kattie McKinnon from White Mountains Regional High School , Jane King from Lisbon High School, Charlie Mae Johnson from Woodsville High School, Erik Becker from Groveton High School, Joy Burrill from Gorham High School, and Georgia Caron from North Country Charter Academy attended “Prime for Life,” a three-day evidence-based Substance Misuse Prevention training in October, 2017.
To learn more about Student Assistance Programs in the North Country, please contact SAP Coordinator, Laura Hosley: lhosley@NCHCNH.org