What does Eastern Suffolk BOCES Student Assistance Services Offer to School Districts?
The Eastern Suffolk BOCES Student Assistance Services (SAS) is a school-based, substance abuse prevention program designed to address the social and emotional needs of students by placing professional counselors in schools to provide early intervention and prevention services, grades K-12.

The SAS staff is comprised of skilled social workers who are specially trained in various research-based prevention techniques including comprehensive universal, selective, and indicated services for students. The counselors are placed in the schools and are available on a daily basis to provide their services and deal with crises situations as they arise. While also delivering evidenced based programs to classrooms or small groups. They receive individual and group supervision from a credentialed prevention professional, as well as regular staff development to stay current with emerging levels of current practice techniques, strategies and research. They share information and resources, and discuss various other relevant issues related to students.

The program receives funding from both the Office of Addiction Services & Support (OASAS) and from Suffolk County. School districts are eligible for state aide under a CoSer for the program through ES BOCES. Participation in the program is as simple as contacting the program administration and/or sending an email requesting the initiation of SAS services.