Student Assistance Programs (SAP) for Substance Use

SAP Services for Youth

We partner with schools, families, communities and other organizations to provide customizable alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention programs.

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Access our key resources 24/7.

  • In-person or virtual

    Programs and services are available.

  • Thorough assessments

    to determine the most appropriate next steps.

  • Educate youth

    through programs and tools for making positive choices.

Preparing Youth to Thrive

Today’s youth face many challenges. More often than not, they need help when it comes to finding and taking the right path. In response, we’ve developed several programs to help students reach their potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome life’s obstacles in a healthy, substance-free way.


Caron SAP provides behavioral health assessments for students in grades five through twelve. During one-on-one meetings, Caron SAP Specialists interview students to identify substance use related problems, mental health issues, and other factors that could negatively affect a young person’s life. Upon completing the comprehensive assessment, specialists make recommendations and help students implement them.

Recommendations are confidential and will only be shared with the guardian of the student and the school’s SAP Core Team. Participation is voluntary. Parents have the right to choose whether their children will participate.

Parents who want to request an Assessment for their child can complete an online form or call 800-678-2332 ext. 6117.

Intervention Programs

Giving teens the help and tools they now can help them make positive changes and wise decisions for years to come.

  • Teen Intervene is a time-efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers (ages 12-19) suspected of having mild to moderate problems with alcohol or substance abuse. Usually recommended as a result of an SAP assessment, this program involves two to three individual sessions designed to educate teens on their current behaviors and motivate them to pursue positive change. The Teen Intervene Program integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens reduce, and ultimately eliminate, chemical use. Teen Intervene teaches teenagers how to understand reasons for alcohol or drug involvement, learn new skills that promote healthier behaviors, increase willingness to change behavior related to alcohol/drug use, and take responsibility for self-change.
  • Marijuana Brief Intervention is an evidence-based program that provides information known to help people manage, reduce, or stop their marijuana use. Marijuana Brief Intervention works with adolescents to address their marijuana use and enact change through four 45-60 minute individual or small group sessions. This program can also help to screen for marijuana addiction severity, whether mild, moderate or severe. The program is designed to help people think, plan, and act to reduce or abstain from marijuana use.

If you think your child or student could benefit from our Teen Intervene or Marijuana Brief Intervention programs, please call 800-678-2332 ext. 6117 or complete an online form so Caron SAP can help. Together, we’ll arrange an assessment and help you determine the appropriate next steps.

Prevention Curriculums & Educational Programs

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PATHS® Program

A curriculum for grades 1-6

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Botvin LifeSkills® Training

A curriculum for grades 3-12

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Brain Drain

A presentation for grades 5-12

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Nicotine: The CLEAR Facts

A presentation for grades 5-12

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Continuum of Chemical Dependency

A presentation for grades 7-12

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The Next Step

A presentation for college-bound high school seniors

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Pay It Forward

A workshop series for high school students

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Peak Performance: Student Athlete Program

A presentation for high school athletic teams

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Psycho-Educational Support Groups

Caron’s SAP offers a wide variety of skill-building groups to help students learn to cope effectively with many common barriers to their success. Group topics include but are not limited to anger management, changing families, grief and loss, drug and alcohol insight, drug and alcohol intervention, recovery care support, marijuana intervention, teen issues, resiliency skills and stress management. Learn more about our key programs:

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Project CONNECT®

A nicotine cessation and reduction program that empowers adolescents to make positive choices.

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Kids of Promise®

KOP services assist children and adolescents whose families have been impacted by addiction.

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Cliff Crosby’s "Your Actions Create Your Tomorrow"

This charismatic, accomplished Super Bowl Champion shares his inspirational story.

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