This is a Full-Time/10 month/Non-Exempt position that is responsible for performing Student Assistance Program (SAP) duties by consulting and educating school personnel, student, and parents in their area of expertise – behavioral health, substance abuse, and barriers to learning. The SAP Liaison will be responsible for initial assessment/screening of students who may have a variety of academic, behavioral, and or personal difficulties which interfere with their daily functioning.

Primary work hours will be Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a 1/2-hour lunch (37.5 hrs./week) unless otherwise agreed upon. SAP services are provided to children/adolescents and their families in an education setting and/or in the community when applicable. The SAP Liaison is an integral part of a team which identifies students at risk, assesses their needs and removes barriers to the learning process.

As with all WCSI positions, it is the expectation that employees adhere to WCSI, County, State and Federal guidelines, regulation, policies and laws which govern the business and service of WCSI as well as regulations governing the Behavioral Health program.

This position requires the employee to perform their daily job duties and responsibilities in a structured work environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by management.

Student Assistance Liaison Duties:
This position will identify, address, and link student at risk for substance use and/or have mental health needs through coordination with school core teams. The SAP liaisons shall provide consultation to SAP school core teams and provide information about resources and services available in the family’s community. The SAP Liaison shall be available to their assigned school district each school day to provide services to school teams and/or parents:

o Consultation Services-For general inquiries about mental health community services and resources and to their assigned SAP core team for student specific SAP referrals.

o Clinical Assessment/Screening Services-with student and/or parent/guardian consent, complete the SAP clinical assessment with the student and at least on parent/family member/guardian.

o Provide the student/family and SAP core team with the recommendations following the clinical assessment.

o Refer and link the student to the recommended services from the clinical assessment/screening.

o Follow the student/family until the recommended services have started.

o Provide Emergency Behavioral Health services to schools/communities experiencing a mental health school wide and/or community event involving a student, family, and/or school faculty.

o Work with the county crisis team responders as necessary for student specific mental health crisis events and assist in the completion of a petition for involuntary commitment.

This position assesses and offers access to the base service unit and is responsible for the coordination and/or facilitation of the following: completing an intake which includes assessment and linkage to services including the behavioral health and psychosocial needs of client. Secures information such as medical, psychological, and social factors contributing to client’s situation and evaluates these and client’s capacities. Determine and/or explain client’s eligibility for financial assistance and the level of case management. Coordination of a positive and cooperative working relationship with the families of children/adolescents being served, the County Behavioral Health Office, entities within the educational setting, community providers, and applicable case management staff. Other liaison duties include case monitoring, linkage and engagement with families. Liaisons will complete all required paperwork and necessary documentation in compliance with SAP, agency, county, state, and federal regulations.

Case Management and Service Coordination:
Unique to Westmoreland County, students and their family members who consent to the SAP clinical assessment will be given the opportunity to continue with the enrollment process to the base service unit. This process may result in the assignment of case management services to the student and/or adult family members who are present during the clinical assessment and who requested to have an intake completed; these services are not required under the state SAP model and are voluntary. A case manager will be assigned to the student and/or family upon completion of the assessment.

Crisis Intervention:
The SAP Liaison will act as a consultant to school officials by providing options/resources to students deemed to be at risk or in crisis while in an educational setting. This position will be an active member of the EBH team as outlined in the attached addendum. Provide guidance regarding involuntary and voluntary hospitalizations including completion of all required legal documentation with county behavioral health office and emergency services.

Professional Responsibilities:
Extensive knowledge of theories, principles, and techniques related to services provided. Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationship with clients, associates, and agency personnel. Must maintain knowledge of community resources and have ability to facilitate coordination activities. Able to work independently, be flexible, and adjust work hours based on program and client needs. Display a professional standard of effective teamwork.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling or related field. Two years of Behavioral Health experience preferred. Previous experience working with children/adolescents and families in an educational setting is preferred.

Language Skills:
Effectively communicate and problem solve with all individuals involved in SAP; strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills required.
Certificates, Registrations, Licenses:
Valid PA Driver’s License, Proof of Valid Auto Insurance, Act 34 (Criminal Record), and Act 33 (Child Abuse) and FBI Clearance. There will be monthly screenings of PA Medicheck List, LEIE (List of Excluded Individuals/Entities) and SAM (System for Award Management).

This position requires the availability and utilization of the employee’s personal vehicle, for purposes of transportation to and from work appointments. Transportation of clients in personal vehicles is not permitted, as agency vehicles are available for this purpose.

As a requirement of employment, certain personal information (Birth Date, Driver’s License, Diplomas, Transcripts, etc.) can be shared in a confidential communication as related to regulations, licensure and/or insurance carrier contracts.

As with all WCSI positions, this position will adhere to all random drug screening requirements, as set forth by WCSI Policy.


Physical/Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to operate a motor vehicle, sit, stand, walk, bend and lift objects of up to 10 pounds. The employee regularly uses a computer, phone, fax, copier and other essential office equipment to carry out daily work assignments. The employee will be required to operate a motor vehicle. Substantial problem solving in response to urgent/emergency situations which may require immediate action is an expectation.

Work Environment:
The service of this job is school based. While performing the duties of this job the employee may be exposed to a combination of office and outside/travel environments both inside and outside the boundaries of Westmoreland County. This position may be asked to provide linkage, monitoring, access to services; informal support network building for clients being served in a client driven fashion where and when it is needed. This position will be required to conform to WCSI’s policies, as well as the applicable cultural environment of the school setting assigned (included but not limited to professional dress and professional conduct).

Reasonable Accommodation:
It is WCSI’s business philosophy and practice to provide reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all qualified individuals with disabilities.


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