Masonic Charities of Maryland pioneered the institution in Maryland of the SAP, which is an intervention and education program that operates in primary and secondary public schools throughout the state. MCM funded the initial training and has provided more than $400,000 to support SAP since the program’s inception.
Through the SAP, school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, administrators, and others form teams to identify behavioral characteristics that indicate a student may be affected by any one of several stressors, such as alcohol and other drug use, violence, depression, suicide, family issues, etc.
Training consists of learning to identify, and then provide assistance to the student to address the problem area affecting the student.
The SAP has been a great success, and has received accolades from former Governor Parris N. Glendening and Governor William Donald Schaefer and the Maryland State Department of Education.