Student Assistance CounselorMs. Rebecca Groninger MA, SAC, NCCrgroninger@marsd.org(732) 705-5305The Student Assitance Counselor (SAC) maintains an important and effective place in the public schools. The SAC's role is to help students resolve such personal, emotional and social problems as these may interfere with the adjustment to school and the students' capacity to enjoy the fullest benefits of the education offered to them. The SAC assists with the implementation of the district's drug/alcohol awareness program through the school. The SAC is uniquely positioned to provide both individual, group, and school-wide services that directly impact on classroom instruction, behavior management, student safety, family support, and community relations. Direct services include individual student assessment, counseling and referral, and student-specific input and collaboration with the family and other faculty. School-wide services include development and adherence of policies (and facilitation of in-service trainings) on state-mandated topics (substance abuse, suicide, physical/sexual abuse, and sexual harassment policies).The New Jersey Administrative Code (§18A:40) requires policies for suspicion of substance use among students. This policy is predicated on a knowledgeable staff—both in terms of familiarity with common drugs of abuse and their related symptoms, as well as response procedures. The SAC is specifically trained in all mandated subcomponents of these statutes, including staff training on current trends, signs and symptoms of abuse, knowledge of local and community organizations that are available for the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals who show symptoms of substance abuse, legal guidelines for the implementation of substance abuse policies, and the ability to interview students suspected of abuse in order to assess a student’s current level of drug/alcohol involvement.Information shared with the SAC will remain confidential, unless one of the following:
- The student is a harm to themselves
- The student is a harm to others
- The student is being harmed
NJ's first suicide hotline call center, operated by University Behavioral Healthcare (UBHC) at the University of Medicine & Dentistry, using only NJ based trained volunteer and professional counselors.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking.
Although people commonly turn to Al-Anon for help in stopping another's drinking, the organization recognizes that the friends and families of alcoholics are often traumatized themselves and in need of emotional support and understanding.
New Jersey's Project Medicine Drop (NJPMD), has placed secured drop boxes in the headquarters of local police departments. Consumers from anywhere in New Jersey can visit the boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications - and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them.