Non-Academic Support

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention

The Office of Safety and Youth Development, through its SAPIS (Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists) program, provides a range of prevention and intervention services in grades K-12. The goals of the program are to:
  1. Reduce the prevalence of substance abuse among youth, delay the initiation of substance abuse behavior among youth, decrease the negative health, social, and educational consequences associated with substance abuse
  2. Prevent the escalation of substance abuse behaviors to levels requiring treatment.

Services include:

  • classroom lessons (using evidence-based programs),
  • individual and group counseling,
  • peer leadership programs,
  • positive alternative activities,
  • crisis intervention,
  • conflict resolution,
  • assessments and referrals for mental health and substance abuse services, and
  • school-wide prevention projects.

Students who are at risk for alcohol and substance abuse, gang involvement, suspension from school, disruptive behaviors, and violations of the Discipline Code are referred to SAPIS for intervention services. SAPIS provide parent workshops which address alcohol and substance abuse issues as well as bullying and violence prevention. SAPIS provide crisis response services to schools needing support during crisis incidents.

For questions and support, please contact a Prevention Director.



NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with nearly 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs.  

Combat Heroin
 - learn more about the warning signs of abusing opioids and/or heroin, the progression of addiction, and stories of hope.

   •  NYS OASAS Letter on Heroin Abuse Awareness

NYS Hopeline (1-877-8-HOPENY) offers help 24 hours a day foralcoholism, drug abuse, and problem gambling. The NYS Hopeline webpage has listings on prevention, treatment, and mental health services.

Spotlight on Synthetics provides resources for substance abuse of synthetic marijuana, which can cause dangerous health effects and even death.

is a website for parents, which includes a toolkit with conversation starters, a list of warning signs, as well as ongoing resources and information about underage drinking and drug use.

   •  Talk2Prevent College Toolkit

NYC Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, offers resources for alcohol and drug abuse, as well as NYC data.
1-800-LIFENET  (1-800-543-3638) is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. The helpline is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week. The hotline's staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids is a nonprofit organization working to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.

National Institute on Drug Abuse leads the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.