SAP: Student Assistance Program

MFCC provides the Student Assistance Program (SAP) to the Des Moines Public School District.  SAP is offered entirely free to families and provides up to 5 sessions to any student and/or a member of their family.  SAP is a service with the goal of learning what is needed, how we can help, provides brief therapy, and refers for other services as needed.  SAP aims to meet the student or family member at their home school, through telehealth, or in our office.  

The Des Moines Public School System is partnering with us to provide FREE, CONFIDENTIAL services to children and families who are in need of behavioral health services.

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to be a no-cost, rapid response intervention for students and their families to have better success in school. Regardless of the difficulties, we are here to help! SAP services are meant to break the barriers of receiving services, so there are many ways we can be involved. 

None of your information will be shared without a release of information, that is the law. If you decide you want our providers to communicate with the school regarding your child, we have the appropriate releases to facilitate that for you. 

We can be available in person at your child's school or in the office, by phone, or through telehealth services (a simple computer connection). Typically our services through SAP will last 3 to 5 contacts. After that initial time, if you still desire our assistance, we can help you with that transition in services. Please see our services tab for examples of ways we can help. 

Call us at 515.724.8920 to learn more about the Student Assistance Program (SAP) or talk to the school counselor or administrative staff.  To continue helping your family after the Student Assistance Program is completed, we offer in-school and in-office mental health care so you and your family have continuity of care with our School-Based Mental Health Program. 

​Inquire here and we will answer any questions you may have about the SAP program. 

Below is a short list of some of the problems you may want to reach out to us for help with:

  • Bullying
  • Peer relationships
  • Relationships with Teachers
  • Feelings of Anxiety and Depression
  • Family Stress
  • School Engagement
  • Self Esteem
  • ADHD Symptoms
  • Managing the School's IEP / 504 Programming
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Struggles with managing schedules
  • Relational Struggles 
  • Difficulty concentrating in class
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Problems with Drugs and Alcohol
  • Grief and loss
  • Changes in behaviors at home or at school
  • Trauma and Trauma Responses
  • Or just need to talk