Student Assistance Program (SAP)


Welcome to the CHS SAP (Student Assistance Team) website!


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)



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. MAKE A SAP REFERRAL

All members of Student Assistance Team are trained by a PA Dept. of Education approved provider (Teenline). 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

Amy Knapp (Counselor) – [email protected]

Dr. Patti Buffington (Principal) – [email protected]

Cynthia Lupold (Principal) – [email protected]

Diane Lello (Nurse) – [email protected]

Seth Roper (Social Studies) – [email protected]

Delia Roper (Social Studies) – [email protected]

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

John McGuire (English) – [email protected]

Christina Hagood (Science) – [email protected]

Beth Herbster (Teenline) – [email protected]

Jenny Gates (Cumberland Perry Drug & Alcohol) - [email protected]

Swartz SAP Team  

                Kim Spangler (Nurse) – [email protected]

                Ginger Rotz (Counselor) [email protected]

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

Mike Gavazzi (Social Studies) – [email protected]

Dana Smetana (English) – [email protected]

Doug Hewlett (English) – [email protected]

Rob Thompson (Emotional Support) – [email protected]

Amanda Kelly (English) [email protected]

Brenda Schultz (Teenline) – [email protected]

Jenny Gates (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: