Student Assistance Programs

VCOE offers a resiliency approach to prevention and Student Assistance Programs. Rather than focusing on deficits, the focus is on building upon the assets already present in students and the school environment, resulting in programs that are integrative and positive in nature. 

VCOE believes that: 

  • With the proper supports, every student can succeed. 
  • Success with violence, drug and tobacco use prevention lies in building relationships: between the school, home and community; between the students and their faculty; and among the students. 
  • A safe and caring school environment, with opportunities for all students to participate meaningfully, in a climate of high expectations for all, fosters positive development of assets in youth and thereby increases student academic achievement. 

VCOE staff is available to support schools and districts with: 

  • The development and implementation of Student Assistance Programs 
  • Exploration of community resources and possible partners 
  • Review of evidence-based, research-validated programs and curricula, that are developmentally appropriate and suitable for each individual school environment 
  • Training for school staff, and training for students as mentors and/or peer educators  
Student Assistance Program Resources 

1. California Department of Education - Student Assistance Program 

2. Guidelines and Tips for Starting a Student Assistance Program  

3. Training: Masonic Model Student Assistance Program Training (MMSAP) 

MMSAP is an intensive three-day training workshop for educators to learn how to identify, intervene with, and create appropriate referrals for students that may be at risk for substance abuse, depression, suicide or violence. 

4. California Healthy Kids Resource Center - Alcohol and Other Drugs Information, Research-Validated Programs  

5. Training: Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) - Provides on-line training for substance abuse and mentoring professionals. 

6. Curricula per California Department of Education  

a. Positive Action  - Positive Action is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that improves academic success, behavior, and character development.  

b. Project SUCCESS - Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Efforts to Strengthen Students) is a school-based Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Model program that prevents and reduces substance use among high- risk multi-problem adolescents.

7. Student Assistance Program (SAP) Bulletins (California Department of Education) - SAP Bulletins have been designed to support school administrators, teachers, counselors, other school district personnel, non-profit organizations and agencies who are involved with SAPs. 

8. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - School, family and community resource kits for prevention.