Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Student Assistance Program

The Desert/Mountain Children’s Center (DMCC) Student Assistance Program, serves students, their families and the school community. Students who are dealing with non-academic barriers to learning are the primary target for SAP services. Students are referred by staff, parents or concerned others to the Student Assistance Program. Students may also self-refer.

Services to Children/Youth

  • Social Skills Groups
  • Bully Intervention Skills
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Healthy Living/Wellness Education
  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills
  • Individual Counseling

Services to Parents

  • Training based on needs such as understanding wellness and the signs, symptoms of at-risk behavior
  • Connection to community services (local clinics, Moses House Ministries, food banks, medical and dental services, Bridges for families, Catholic Charities, Park and Recreation Services, etc.)
  • Education on parenting topics

Services to School Staff

Staff training on requested areas of concern, such as:

  • Signs/symptoms of common mental illnesses and appropriate classroom interventions
  • Brain development, stress, trauma, violence and substance abuse
  • Consultation regarding at-risk students

What is the purpose of the SAP Program?

  • To reduce risk factors, barriers, and stressors of kids, youth, and their families.
  • To provide appropriate strategies, interventions, and activities to school staff and families that increase their knowledge of social, emotional, and behavioral issues.
  • To increase student awareness of the issues they face daily, including the social and emotional choices that impact their lives.
  • To build protective supports for students and their families that includes significant connections to others, training, and education.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700