Desert Sands's S.A.P. Programs

S.A.P. Programs

SAP programs are offered at NO COST to students/families thanks to district, local, state, and federal funding.

Call (760) 238-9770 for more information.

Larry Bellanich, Program Facilitator


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TIER 2 Counseling Group Support

Concerns for students with emotional, social and/or behavioral issues contact site school counselor to discuss TIER 2 Counseling group support services

One hour group sessions during the school day.

School Site Counselor

TIER 3 Individual and Family Counseling

For students who have received TIER 2 counseling group support for 4-6 weeks and continues to struggle with emotional, social, and/or behavioral issues contact site school counselor to refer to TIER 3 SAP Specialist

30-60 minute counseling sessions before, during and after the school day.

School Site Counselors


Desert Sands policies require any student who receives an alcohol or other drug suspension to participate in the Student Assistance Insight program. Students and families meet with SAP staff individually to develop an action plan to build better choices and direction in their lives. Students participate in the Insight Education Program and parents are informed if a referral to a formal assessment and/or drug testing available in the community is appropriate.

One hour family conference with SAP INsight counselor.

Contact Site School Counselor to make a referral.


educational intervention groups

Insight educational groups are designed to offer alcohol and other drug or conflict education, anger management intervention, decision making, and support for positive changes.

One hour drug and alcohol education group during the school day

Contact Site counselor to make referral

Basic Understanding of Teens and Tobacco

Helps students become aware of problems associated with tobacco and/or how to quit using tobacco. Referrals to cessation programs are available for youth and adults.

One hour interview, 1.5 hr. assessment

Tori St. Johns

Teen Pregnancy

SAP TIER 2 counselor provides teen pregnancy support groups at DSUSD High Schools.

one hour group sessions during the school day

Contact site counselor to refer

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