Student Assistance Program (SAP)

If you or someone you know could benefit from the SAP program, please click on this link to make a referral:

What is the Student Assistance Program (SAP)?

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic intervention process for students at risk.  An at-risk student is one who has an emotional, social, and/or substance abuse problem that interferes with the normal learning process.  These problems include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic and behavioral difficulties
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression or other mental health problems
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or gestures
  • Self-mutilation (cutting or scratching oneself)
  • Grief
  • Divorce
  • Relationship problems
  • Traumatic event

The Student Assistance Team is NOT a disciplinary team or treatment program – SAP is an intervention program. The team does not diagnose or treat the problem; however, professional substance abuse and mental health assessment services are available through the community agency liaisons who work with the team.

If a student is experiencing difficulty at school or home that is a barrier to learning, then the Student Assistance Program is an excellent resource. 

All members of the Student Assistance Team are trained by Teenline, a PA Dept. of Education approved provider. Teenline is a service of the Holy Spirit Health System. The Teenline program is recognized as a Commonwealth Approved Training Provider for Student Assistance Trainings by the Department of Education and has been providing training since 1986.

Carlisle High School has two SAP Teams – one in the Swartz building and one in the McGowan building. Contact information for team members can be found below:


McGowan SAP Team (Grades 11-12):

Jason Beals (Principal) – [email protected]

Devon Collier (Phys Ed.) – [email protected]

Diane Lello (Nurse) – [email protected]

Emily McDonald (Counselor) – [email protected]

John McGuire (English) – [email protected]

Delia Roper (Social Studies) – [email protected]

Seth Roper (Social Studies) – [email protected]

Brenda Shultz (Teenline) – [email protected]

Andrea Chapman (Cumberland Perry Drug & Alcohol) - [email protected]


Swartz SAP Team (Grades 9-10):  

Amy Davidson (Counselor) – [email protected]

Joseph Dunn (Principal) – [email protected]

Mike Gavazzi (Social Studies) – [email protected]

Doug Hewlett (English) – [email protected]

Lynne Kline (Phys Ed.) – [email protected]

Crystal Millard (Nurse) – [email protected]

Dana Smetana (English) – [email protected]

Paul Wysocki (Principal) – [email protected]

Brenda Shultz (Teenline) – [email protected]

Andrea Chapman (Cumberland Perry Drug & Alcohol) - [email protected]



Additional Resources

A statewide toll-free suicide and crisis hotline for teenagers and parents (1-800-722-5385)

Cumberland County Crisis Intervention: (717.243.6005)

PA SAP Website:


Cumberland Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission: