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“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.

Student Assistance Professionals

Adult SAP“Bridging the Gap between Prevention and Treatment”

HCRS is proud to partner with the Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union to provide SAP services to students at Green Mountain Middle and High school in Chester, VT.

Student Assistance Professionals are trained to provide education, screening, referral, and support services to youth who are at high risk for substance use and other risky behaviors. SAP's complement existing programs such as school-based health clinics, guidance programs, classroom substance abuse prevention curricula, peer leadership programs, and community mental health agencies. Students may be referred to SAP counselors by teachers, parents, peers, or may seek help themselves. The SAP will screen the students and may refer them to local human service agencies for formal assessment and treatment; SAP counselors follow-up with students to ensure they obtain the treatment they need.


  • run educational support groups
  • work with community resources to develop services for students
  • meet with concerned families as needed
  • increase awareness of substance use problems in the community
  • give educational presentations to students and community groups
  • allow teachers to concentrate on education instead of having to deal with substance use

If you are interested in learning more about our collaborative efforts with Green Mountain Middle and High School to provide these bridge services between prevention and treatment please contact us at (802) 886-4500 or visit the VT Association of SAP’s website.