Association of
Student Assistance Professionals 

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Our Vision

PASAP believes that the health of our youth is the basis of our future. We recognize that there are detrimental influences in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, mental health, as well as other concerns that will continue to adversely affect the health of our youth. As a result of this recognition and our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our youth, the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals is committed to supporting and networking in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare, ongoing support services, and education to all those individuals or organizations who foster this same commitment.

Our Mission 

PASAP is a
n association of school personnel and community-based program specialists organized to address the needs of Pennsylvania youth in the areas of education, prevention, intervention, referral and support services to identify and reduce barriers to learning and promote mental, emotional, and physical wellness.

Our Beliefs

  1. To provide a state forum for sharing resources, common needs, experiences and outcomes.
  2. To promote the establishment of interdisciplinary approaches to student assistance programming.
  3. To promote the development of joint school/community programs for youth.
  4. To promote and provide leadership and training at national, regional, state and local levels.
  5. To advocate for increased local, state, and federal support for student assistance programs, treatment services, and personnel in both the public and private sector



The first general membership meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) was held February 12, 1990, at the Northeast Regional Student Assistance Conference held in Philadelphia.  Members of the group's first board of directors were formally introduced at the meeting.

The size and scope of the student assistance movement in the state led to the formation of PASAP.  That interest found expression initially in April 1989, when more than 35 Pennsylvania delegates met during the National Student Assistance Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the idea.  It was agreed that a statewide SAP association could serve many needs of student assistance professionals (e.g., networking, bridging the gap between publicly and privately trained SAP teams, advocating for common interests, and creating and maintaining a statewide voice).

In establishing the board of directors, care was taken to select a board that would be geographically representative of the state and would be well balanced in terms of SAP professionals (urban, suburban, and rural locations), private providers, and treatment professionals (mental health and substance abuse). The board consists of 17 members, all of whom volunteer their time.

PASAP's Board of Directors introduced at the organization's first general membership meeting included; Barbara Cincera, Audrey Conway, Pat Dareneau, Jack Gallo, Betsy Gingrich, Jim Higgins, DeRicci Horwatt, Brenda Kindom, Lorrie Long, Harriette Meriwether,  Phil Monteith, Robert Oliver, Diana Kulp-Dale, Gwen Porter, Lee Rush, John Tobey, and Chris Yeager.

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 1254
State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

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