Student Assistance Program

Twenty years of “Real World” Stuff

Student Assistance Program

Two decades ago, a Student Intervention program (IMPACT) was introduced to Idaho educators by the Comprehensive Care/Care Unit Company.  State administrators and School employees participated in training to recognize the needs and the benefits of school Interventions. As a result, some school districts developed programs and policies designed to provide student interventions.  These would occur when Student Attitudes, Attendance, Achievement or Behaviors changed dramatically.  These changes were normally destructive and caused by “something” — to be determined.

Some schools worked with to develop processes and policies that provide effective solutions.  Environments were established that allow Interventions to occur as efficiently and smoothly as possible.  20 years later, these schools are still providing effective Interventions for their students.  The results have been addictive. Click on icon below for a one page summary of program ingredients.

Brief Look at SAP Program
Note:  At bottom of this web page -a PDF can be downloaded that contains all of the individual images that are linked/shown on this page.

The iMR Intervention process – rules in – or rules out – Alcohol/Drug issues and provides psychological screening for “dual diagnosis” consideration. Depression, Anxiety, Anger and Cognitive Issues are assessed – which is critical to comprehensive diagnosis of SUD problems.  Current addiction to drugs that are downers or uppers will influence DSM disorder analysis.  If SUD and/or MH issues are diagnosed, appropriate plans are established to improve behaviors.  If these issues are ruled out, other steps can be taken – as appropriate.

Teen Alcohol/Drug Result


Teen Psychological
Social/Conduct Disorder / Criminal

      Student and Family issues with Diagnostic Results are virtually eliminated.  They are presented with 15 individual scales that support the results.  Student and Family review results and individual responses to each question.  Objective + Validated results are accepted.

15 Scale Results Chart

Analysis of the results of these Intervention processes have documented: (1) reduced student violations and (2) improved attendance for some of the participants.  Post Intervention results should be consistently analyzed; but, other new “movements” tend to keep administrators’ hot buttons busy with other creations.  Suicide, Opioids, Bullying, Tobacco and Mental Health, etc. issues are but a few of these.

Considering attendance reimbursement realities and administrative costs associated with destructive student actions, a case can be made that Interventions result in a significant positive financial return on investment.

Twenty years of association with school counselors, administrators and education boards has resulted in a personal perspective that indicates: there are too many school balls in the air – all the time.  In Idaho, a standard student attendance day is 4 hours.  Considering the variety of things that can influence these four hours of study, it would seem that a focus on the KISS principal is in order.  This means fewer, simpler processes are needed – not more and more new ones.  This KISS perspective has been molded into our efficient iMR Student Assistance Program.

S A P Elements and Prices

Teachers have the unique ability to observe the personal characteristics of students over a consistent period of time.  When significant changes in behaviors are noticed, it is the result of SOMETHING.  The ability to handle these circumstances in a fluid and objective manner will provide solutions that will save lives.  Saving lives should be up at the top of Educational priorities.

All Interventions are beneficial.  Some change behaviors immediately and others provide a package of evidence that makes future needed changes – more likely.

Other than trying to convince our populace that we should learn lessons from history so as not to repeat them, I can think of no other educational option that will be remembered by all participants and will save lives.

We are hopeful that some school administrators and supporting staff members will take the time to reflect on student improvement options – and – conclude that all gets better when students feel better about themselves.

Check the Ingredients of the iMR Student Assistance Program and incorporate these, easy to manage, solutions into your educational package.  Adopting these live saving processes will not reduce attendance and learning time – they will enhance them.

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School Interventions

History of School Interventions

I got creative and decided that I would produce a single page document that contained everything I know about the benefits of Student Interventions.  I have been involved with Idaho schools who have used these processes for the last 20 years.

I used Adobe Acrobat and linked separate files to the original document – where appropriate.  I didn’t realize that WordPress themes would dislike my creativity.  As you mosey down the document, you will see the push pins.  Highlight each push pin and a description of the “attached document” will appear.

If you download the PDF, a double click on the push pins will bring up a supporting document for each topic commented.    To enlarge the PDF image or download to your device – see the tool bar instructions below.

Included in the supporting documents, is a State Education report that shows students violations went down significantly in those schools that were conscientious about implementing attention to:  BAAA = Behaviors, Attendance, Attitude and Achievements.  There are ethical, humanitarian and financial reasons to perform proper student interventions.

Short term political fads or bandwagons and grant funds – shift local priorities to other issues – that never seem to last.

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Key Treatment Elements

Key Treatment Factors – – 5 Step Program

Behavioral Case Management

There are many software applications being used to manage behavioral treatment programs.  Most of these programs are focused on entity needs and not on client or individual requirements.  Bureaucratic demands guide software development challenges and results.

There are a few key elements that affect healthcare treatment results. Some are philosophical in nature and beyond the insights and skills of our domestic and international developers and coders.  Real world experience has proven to that these solutions are usually supplements or additions to established application programs.

These key factors are: (1) Client must accept responsibility for their behaviors, (2) Diagnosis must be comprehensive, accurate and convincing, (3) Treatment Contracts must be personalized and doable, (4) TEAM tasks must be completed as specified in the plan and (5) case data and communications must be continuously available to the TEAM.

iMR Key Factors  (Note dates on PDF exhibits – iMR has been doing this since 2000.

Step One – Introductory Documents – (Description, Benefits, Requirements and Acceptance.

Key Elements 5 Step

Student Interventions – IMPACT

Major Idaho Schools have been saving lives and improving student behaviors for the last several decades.  When students’ behaviors change significantly, an Intervention is scheduled with the Student, Parents, a local clinician and the school teacher or counselor.

The link below will lead you to a document that describes these efforts.


Interventions can change things