What is Student Assistance?


The Student Assistance Program provides prevention, intervention, referral, and education in the areas of alcohol and drug issues, bullying, self-injury, suicide awareness, and all other mental health and behavioral issues. The Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) provides in-service trainings for staff, as well as programs for parents and the community. The SAC is involved in school, district, and county-wide traumatic crisis response, as well as coordinating all HIB (harrassment, intimidation, bullying) cases. As needed, the SAC facilitates peer group meetings for relapse prevention, family issues, anger management, grief and loss, and self esteem.



  • may be self-disclosed
  • may come from fellow students , staff, or parents
  • will be kept confidential


Prevention Programs:


SADD:  (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a national peer leadership organization dedidcated to promoting positive lifestyle choices, along with prevention activities focusing on  underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, bullying, and depression. The Manalapan High School chapter is responsible for the annual Carlee Wines Memorial Candlelight Vigil against drinking and driving.  The students work closely with DCH Toyota in Freehold - our community partner. They also participate in regional, state, and national conferences.


Save A Brave:  Save A Brave was created as a response to the tragic death of Carlee Wines, class of 2007, who was killed by a hit and run driver in her 1st year of college. A group of 20 Juniors were chosen to attend a conference on safe driving for teens. By their senior year, the group was an active presence in the high school. Save a Brave remains an advocacy group for safe and responsible driving. They present the district Teen Safe Driving program for all 11th graders and their parents. The group also visits the middle school each year for a presentation on high school life. Their efforts have earned MHS the distinction of "Champion School" from the NJ Brain injury Foundation. 

*Here is a link to our Teen Driver Safety Presentation


Heroes Off The Field:  Each year volunteers from the varsity football team are trained in bullying prevention.  They present a lesson on responsibilities of student athletes to incoming freshmen.