Student Assistance Program & Resources

  • Today all schools have what is called Student Assistance Programs, a collection of school-based and/or intervention services that help students with their personal problems and encourage them to build on their strengths so that they are able to attend school regularly and be academically successful. The Muhlenberg S.A.P. Team is focused on many different issues that impact student achievement. Some of these issues are as follows: 

    • Substance abuse prevention and intervention
    • Violence prevention
    • Eating disorders
    • Grief and loss
    • Divorce in family
    • Youth suicide
    • Crisis management
    • Character development

    Who is on the S.A.P. Team?

    The Muhlenberg S.A.P. team consists of teachers, counselors, and administrators who have been trained to assist students who are experiencing difficulties.

    High School team members:

    • Mr. Mish
    • Mr. Schaeffer
    • Ms. Morris
    • Mr. Burkart
    • Mr. Horst
    • Mrs. Hendel/Ms. Stem
    • Mr. Morton
    • Mrs. Spohn
    • Mrs. Will
    • Mrs. Work 

    For more information, visit Mr. Horst's teacher page at

    How to get your child into S.A.P.

    If you suspect your child or any other student is :

    • Using alcohol
    • Using drugs
    • Is having personal problems

    If any of these issues are interfering with his or her performance in school, use the referral form and the S.A.P team will assist the child. Don’t let problems become barriers to learning and success in school.

    Message to Parents

    • Are your child's grades slipping?
    • Is your child violent or apathetic?
    • Is your child having difficulty handling family issues or emotional distress?
    • Is your child dealing with unhealthy peer pressure?
    • Is your child using drugs or alcohol?

    If your child exhibits any of the above, please call the high school and ask to speak to any member of the S.A.P. Team.


    Another function of the S.A.P. program is to implement groups at our School. If you feel your son or daughter would benefit from participating in a group, please let us know.

    Focus of the groups vary depending on student need/interest:

    • Grief and loss
    • Drug and alcohol
    • Smoking  cessation
    • Pregnancy
    • Anger management
    • Time management 

    Contact Information

    Feel free to contact any of the team members by calling Muhlenberg High School and requesting to speak to the member of your choice.

    You may also e-mail Mr. Horst at

    SAP Referral Form*
    HS SAP Parent Permission.pdf*

    Please fill out the Referral Form and mail it t
    Muhlenberg High School
    C/O The S.A.P. Team
    Sharp Avenue and Frances Street
    Laureldale, PA 19605


    Student Assistance Program Helpful Resources

    Berks County Social Services

    Alcohol and Drug Abuse

    AL-ANON - 610-373-5237
    Alcoholics  Anonymous - 610-373-6500
    Narcotics Anonymous - 610-374-5944
    Council on Chemical Abuse - 610 376-8869
    National Institute on Drugs Abuse
    Reading Hospital- Drug/ Alcohol Hotline - 610-988-8186
    Substance abuse and Referral Hotline (24hr.) 1-800-662-4357
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Crisis Hotline - 1-800-234-09420
    Alcohol and Drug Helpline - 1-800-821-4357

    Counseling and Referral

    Berks Talkline 610-374-8255
    Covenant House hotline 1-888-999-9999
    Caron Foundation  1-800.678.2332
    Youth Crisis Hot line 1-800-448-4663
    Hispanic Center Clinic (Se Habla Espanol) 610-376-3748

    Mental Health Concerns

    Berks County Mental Health\Mental Retardation Office 610-478-3371
    Service access Management Emergency services-suicide and other dangerous behaviors. 610-236-0530
    Reading Hospital Mental Health 610-988-8070
    National Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433

    ruOK? Berks Phone Number (call or text) 484-816-ruOK(7865)

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    Family Distress

    Alternative Youth Shelter 610-327-9544
    National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-621-4000
    Children of the Night 1-800-551-1300


    Girls and Boys Town, USA 1-800-448-3000
    Self Abuse Finally Ends 1-800-366-8288

    Eating Disorders

    Renfrew Foundation 1-800-736-3739
    National Eating Disorder Association 1-800-931-2237

    Physical and Sexual Abuse or Assault

    To Report Child Abuse:
    PA Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-932-0313
    BerksCounty Children and Youth Services 610-478-6700
    Berks Women in Crisis ,English 610-372-9540, Spanish 610-372-7463
    Rape, Abuse and incest network 1-800-656-4673
    Family Support Network 1-800-244-5373

    HIV/AIDS/Sexual Health

    Berks Aid Network- 610-375-6523
    Berks Visiting Nurses (Free HIV testing ) 610-378-0481
    Lifeline Pregnancy Planning 610-374-8545, emergencies 1-800-848-5683
    National Teen HIV/AIDS Hotline 1-800-440-8336
    Planned Parenthood of NE Pennsylvania  610-376-8061
    Real Alternatives Organization 1-800-543-3243
    Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline 1-800-227-8922

    Immediate Emergencies

    Ambulance, Fire, Police 911
    Poison Control Center 1-800-521-6110
    Reading Hospital Emergency Care 610-988-8218
    St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Care 610-378-2330