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The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is an award-winning, evidence-based program of STARS that addresses social and emotional barriers for youth, such as substance abuse, violence and bullying. SAP assists students in achieving academic and social success by promoting healthy development, reducing barriers to learning and building upon strengths.

SAP counselors:

  • Provide school-based prevention, intervention and aftercare support services to staff, students and families
  • Assist students in achieving academic and social success by promoting healthy development
  • Reduce barriers to learning
  • Reduce risk factors
  • Build upon strengths
  • Promote protective factors
  • Increase asset development and foster resilience

SAP counselors are on-site in schools throughout the academic school year to provide:

  • Prevention education through assemblies and classroom
  • Early intervention for students exhibiting problem behaviors
  • Counseling to small groups and individuals
  • Promotion of health with faculty teams and student leaders
  • Links to additional appropriate services in the school and community, such as mental health and
    substance-abuse treatment services
  • Attention to students who are at a special risk for
    • Substance abuse
    • Teen pregnancy
    • Violence and bullying
    • Academic failure
    • School suspension
    • Dropping out

The Result?

  • Increased school attendance and grades
  • Increased attachment to school and community
  • Increased individual resilience
  • Reduced suspensions, expulsions, bullying, violence and substance abuse

Programming can be tailored to each school and community. Days and frequency of services vary. There are no fees associated with these services for students and families. Youth are referred to STARS by self, school administrators, teachers, peers, guardians and others.

STARS’ SAP serves Davidson, Dickson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties and provides consulting services across the country.

Davidson (School/SAP Counselors)
Antioch High School, Ginger Etheridge
Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School, Regina McNeil
Buena Vista Elementary School, Julie Tuttle
David Lipscomb Campus School, Amanda Moody
Dupont Hadley Middle School, Sarah Cody
Glencliff High School, Vanail Glimps
Gra-Mar Middle School, Noval Mayes
Hunters Lane High School, Chatiqua Vaughn
Inglewood Elementary School,
Jere Baxter Middle School, Renee Malbrough
Kirkpatrick Elementary School, Regina McNeil
Madison Middle School, Caleb McLean
Maplewood High School, Monika Pugh
Margaret Allen Middle, Sarah Cody
McKissack Middle School, Christal Pennic
McMurray Middle School, Jerome Tucker
Neely’s Bend Middle School, Chatiqua Vaughn
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, Rico Page

Dickson (School/SAP Counselors)
Creekwood High School, Matt Gress
Dickson County High School, Brandon Bass

Rutherford (School/SAP Counselors)
La Vergne High School, Teresa Fitzcharles
Oakland High School, Sue Moore
Oakland Middle School, Christina Culpepper
Riverdale High School, Jennifer Matikke

Sumner (School/SAP Counselors)
Beech High School, Alicia Georgiou
Gallatin High School, Jordan Eastham
Hendersonville High School, Debbie Sheets
Portland High School, Elana Newton
Station Camp High School, Lauren Wright
White House High School, Elana Newton

Williamson (School/SAP Counselors)
Brentwood High School, Danielle DiCarpo
Brentwood Middle School, Bailey Strand
Centennial High School, Candice Beatty
Fairview High School, Amy Lazarov
Fairview Middle School, Kathy Huckaby
Franklin High School, Reginia Guess
Freedom Middle School, Melissa Bosel
Grassland Middle School, Julie Albee
Heritage Middle School, Rebecca Wexler
Hillsboro Middle School, Erin Neely
Independence High School, Jenna Monforte
Middle College High School/Renaissance High, Hillary Walter
Page High School, Hillary Walter
Page Middle School, Megan Hodge
Ravenwood High School, Lindsay Porter
Spring Station Middle School, Sarah Johnsen
Summit High School, Erika Thompson
Sunset Middle School, Erin Neely
Williamson County Alternative Learning Center, Lauren Dickson
Woodland Middle School, Erin Neely

Wilson (School/SAP Counselors)
Carroll Oakland Elementary School, Heather Edwards
Lebanon High School, Renee Malbrough
M.A.P. Academy (Modified Academic Program), Matt Gress
Mt. Juliet High School, Aimee Twohig
Mt. Juliet Middle School, Margaret Schingle
Tuckers Crossroad School, Aimee Twohig
Watertown Middle School, Linda Degler
Watertown High School, Linda Degler
West Wilson Middle School, Heather Edwards
Wilson Central High School, Heather Edwards

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SAP has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as one of three evidence-based practices to address intervention services for youth ages 6 to 18.