Behavioral Health Counseling - Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Behavioral Health Counseling | SAP Program

The Desert/Mountain Children's Center (DMCC) Student Assistance Program (SAP) serves students, their families, and the school community. Students who are dealing with non-academic barriers to learning are the primary target for SAP services. Students are referred by staff, parents, or concerned others to the program. Students may also self-refer.

The purpose of SAP is to:

  • To reduce the risk factors, barriers, and stressors of kids, youth, and their families.
  • To provide appropriate strategies, interventions, and activities to school staff and families that increase their knowledge of social, emotional, and behavioral issues.
  • To increase student awareness of the issues they face daily, including the social emotional choices that impact their lives.
  • To build protective supports for students and their families that include significant connections to others, training, and education.



  • Complete the Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A) with as much detail as possible and obtain the signatures of the parent/guardian and the school administrator.


Timeline for Assessment

Upon receipt of the completed Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A), the DMCC will contact the parent/guardian by letter (up to three times) to schedule the assessment intake meeting. An intervention specialist or behavioral health counselor will be assigned to conduct the assessment. If no response from the parent/guardian is received by the third letter, the referral will be closed.


  • Forward the completed Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A) to the attention of the Director of the DMCC.


Timeline for Services

  • If services are not deemed appropriate, the referral will be closed.
  • If the services are deemed appropriate, a clinician will be assigned and services will begin.
  • The DMCC provides a monthly report to the directors of special education. The report includes a list of students who are currently served by the DMCC as well as an update for each referral that is in process.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700