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SPOTLIGHT: Mineola, NY Affiliate’s Student Assistance Program

SPOTLIGHT: Mineola, NY Affiliate’s Student Assistance Program

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) offers a Student Assistance Program (SAP) which is a comprehensive agency-school based collaborative effort designed to educate students about the current drug crisis and teach new and healthier coping skills in order to support successful learning and development.

The program has two goals:

  • To combat the public health crisis of substance use among young people on Long Island. LICADD provides unique and specialized education and support services that empower students, parents, faculty and professionals to combat the public health crisis of substance use, specifically among young people on Long Island.
  • To promote wellness and teach healthy coping skills. The LICADD SAP works to promote wellness by teaching stress management, healthy coping skills, mindfulness, decision-making skills through collaborative education, prevention and intervention services.

The program provides psychoeducation, prevention, early identification, family intervention, referrals and support groups for students impacted by the devastating problem of drugs and alcohol as well as related mental health issues in Long Island communities. These services foster risk reduction and the development of positive coping skills. LICADD works to assist students in providing a safe environment in which students are free to express their feelings and concerns as they develop positive relationships with peers, adults and professionals by acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitude development leading to student success within the family and school setting.

Youth-Focused Workshops
LICADD provides engaging and high energy youth-focused presentations to young people in schools, youth groups and community centers to facilitate discussion around drug use, decision making and healthy coping skills. All presentations are age appropriate and are based in evidence-based models. LICADD is constantly updating workshops and including new and interesting information relevant to young people today. Presentations can be done in individual classes, in after-school groups, and/or as full assemblies, and cover a range of topics.

School and Community Educational Programs
“Too Good For Drugs” is a Student Psycho-Educational Prevention Model that engages students K-12th grade and is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance preventive factors for K-8th grade students by building on five essential life skills:

  • Goal setting
  • Decision making skills
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and managing others
  • Effective communication skills

“Teen – Intervene” is a Student Psycho-Educational Prevention Model for teenagers (twelve to nineteen years old) suspected of experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. The Teen-Intervene program integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their chemical use. The core components are based on:

  • Stages of Change Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Parent/Family Trainings and Workshops – Parent Universities
The Student Assistance Program also offers educational seminars to parents and caregivers in order to increase their awareness and knowledge regarding substance use and mental health issues among adolescents. It is key that families be involved at all stages of the spectrum of care, from education and prevention to early intervention and treatment. Popular caregiver-focused workshops also cover a full range of topics.

For more information:
Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
114 Old Country Road, Suite 114
Mineola, NY 11501

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