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) 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Partnership for a Drug Free America

NYS OASAS Letter on Heroin Abuse Awareness

Combat Heroin