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Student Assistance Program (SAP): Assistance in the Middle School (AIMS)

What is SAP/AIMS?

All school districts in Pennsylvania are required to establish and maintain Student Assistance Programs (SAP) to provide appropriate counseling and support services for students who experience difficulties in school. The SAP program at Central Cambria Middle School is called AIMS (Assistance In the Middle School). The AIMS team is comprised of school and community agency personnel who meet to discuss students who are experiencing behavior or academic problems at school. The team identifies resources within the school and community to get students help with various issues.

“The Student Assistance Program consists of a trained group of school personnel called AIMS (Assistance in the Middle School). This team has been trained in a systematic process to identify and refer students who are having difficulties in or out of school. Team members take referrals from teachers, students, and family members who have concerns about a student’s grades, appearance, or behavior that might indicate a problem. These problems may include: drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse, physical or sexual abuse, pregnancy, depression, anxiety, family or personal problems, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Parents will be contacted if the team feels action is necessary. As the parent/guardian, you will be involved in the decision-making process to access appropriate services. The information gathered for the Student Assistance Program is kept confidential and is used solely for the purpose of helping the student.” Student Planner, Page 24.

Who is on the SAP/AIMS team?

CCMS: Robin Ribarich, Adam Stephan, Carleen Ball, Nikki Makin

Cambria County MH/MR: Ray Peterman

How do I refer a student?

Students are referred to the AIMS team by teachers, other school personnel, student’s friend, student’s family member, and/or by the student him/herself. If a student presents with issues such as those listed, you can refer him/her to the AIMS team by completing the referral form and giving it to any of the AIMS team members.

What happens after I make a referral?

Once a referral is received, someone from the AIMS team will meet with the student to discuss any concerns (The referral source will not be disclosed.). You may be asked to complete a behavioral checklist regarding the referred student. If there is enough information provided to proceed with the AIMS process, AIMS information will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for their permission to continue with the AIMS process.