Student Assistance Program

The Lakes Community High School Student Assistance Program aims to provide students, staff, and families with a network of support, prevention, intervention, and counseling to overcome challenges that involve mental health and drug and alcohol use.

District 117 has renewed their partnership with the Community Youth Network for the 2017-18 school year to provide weekly services to students as a reduction to suspension and to meet other needs as determined by the Student Services Team.

Events (Calendar TBD)

SAP Members

Helen Papas
Counselor, SAP Coordinator

Rebecca Holst
Assistant Principal of Student Services

Kurt Sooley

Eric Born
School Psychologist

Debra Kaisserlian
School Social Worker

Kurt Rowells
Athletic Director

Jenny Harrington
Teacher, CTE

Functions of SAP


Programs, services, and activities designed to keep healthy students healthy
- School Policy and Expectations 
- Athletic/Extracurricular Code of Conduct
- Red Ribbon Campaign (alcohol/drug awareness)
- Alternative to Suspension Program (Community Youth Network Partnership)
- Mental Health Presentations
- Parent Education Programs
- Staff Training
- Pre-prom Assembly


Programs and services designed for early intervention to re-focus student learning and growth
- Attendance/Tardy Policies
- Referral System
- SST Review
- SAP Core Team Review
- In-School Student Educational Support Groups
- Community-Based Educational Programs
- Community-Based Student Assessment Services


Programs and services that promote and support positive and healthy change
- Support Groups
- Counselor/Social Worker/School Psychologist Support
- Community Referral Resources
- Staff Mentoring of Students
- Evaluation and Monitoring of Program Services and Processes

Information for Students

A number of support and educational groups are offered to students at Lakes Community High School. Groups meet once a week and rotate through periods so that students do not consistently miss the same course. In most cases, groups are open to any student to join and are available to students who need support throughout the school year. In order to join a group, students may refer themselves or may be referred by a school professional or parent.

These groups are determined and organized based on the needs of the students. A few groups offered at Lakes include:

Women’s Issues
Men’s Issues
Latina Women
Social Skills
Anxiety/Coping Skills
Substance Use
Life Skills


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