What is Intervention?
Intervention encompasses the initial steps for drug and alcohol services. The goal is to assist the individual to recognize, to identify and to engage the problems related to substance abuse. Intervention services identify the fact that support is needed not only for the individual but also for their family environments.
After the 1st year of implementation, the data collected overwhelmingly showed that on average, student’s grades increased, disciplinary referrals decreased and school attendance improved. Many schools also experienced a “culture” shift as it related to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process, educator support and administrative “buy-in”. The same results held true in each subsequent implementation year as the program expanded to into different schools.
As a result, the PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs recommended CHOICES as a promising practice to SAMHSA to be considered for a Service-to-Science study that will elevate CHOICES to an evidence based program and be able to be marketed nationwide. CHOICES was 1 of only 26 programs across the Country that was accepted for the study!