Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program at WHRHS is an extension of the services offered by the Special Services and Guidance Departments.  The program provides crisis intervention, counseling, substance abuse education, and referral services for students who are struggling with issues related to substance abuse, interpersonal problems, and school difficulties.  There are two designated student assistance counselors (SAC); one is assigned to students alphabetically by last names in grades 9-12 (A-L) and the other to students alphabetically by last names in grades 9-12 (M-Z).

The Student Assistance Program addresses a variety of issues/problems encountered by students.  These include alcohol and other drug use, suicidal ideation/assessment, depression, school difficulties, peer problems, conflicts with parents, parental substance abuse, divorce, child abuse, pregnancy, eating disorders, low letter of clearance from a medical doctor and a parent conference are required before returning to school.  

Counseling is private and confidential.  Students must give their permission to inform or involve their parents/guardians in the counseling process.  Parents/Guardians are always notified in a life-threatening situation. Prior to engaging in counseling, students are informed of their rights pertaining to confidentiality.  The confidentiality of alcohol and drug counseling self-referrals is protected by federal regulation; this information can only be released with the student’s written permission. 


The New Jersey Youth Helpline, 2nd FLOOR, is a toll-free anonymous and confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to all New Jersey young people, ages 10 to 24.  Youth can call 2nd FLOOR at 1-888-222-2228 to speak with professionals and trained volunteers who listen attentively, non-judgmentally and compassionately to issues and problems they are facing.  Visit www.2NDFLOOR.ORG for more information and try the message board!