Substance Use Support and Restorative Justice Programs for Students

  • The following programs will be offered virtually beginning the week of September 14, 2020:

    Vaping Awareness Prevention and Education (VAPE)

    SMUHSD is offering small group sessions in an effort to increase our students’ knowledge surrounding the harmfulness of vaping and to empower conversation to support awareness about nicotine use.

    • Ongoing group enrollment
    • Group sessions will run on Mondays for two weeks, 3:30 - 5 p.m. via Zoom

    Substance Use Program (SUP)

    This group provides the opportunity to enhance critical thinking, inform decision making, raise awareness and foster ambivalence towards substance use.

    • Ongoing group enrollment
    • Group sessions, via Zoom,  will run on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for four weeks, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

    Brief Intervention (BI)

    Brief Intervention (BI) is a counseling intervention for students identified with low level substance abuse, a short history of drug use, ambivalence about changing their drug use, and experiencing few problems with their drug use.

    • Ongoing enrollment
    • Two brief one-on-one sessions via Zoom will be scheduled with a trained professional based on student’s availability, with options for additional sessions and an optional, encouraged parent session.

    Alternatives to Suspension (ATS)-  Traditional

    ATS is a strength based group utilizing restorative justice practices, allowing students to turn their suspension into an opportunity for learning and growth. Students will Increase their awareness of causes for suspension, improve decision-making skills , identify supportive school staff to encourage a supportive re-entry to campus, and receive tobacco and other substance use education and intervention.

    Alternatives to Suspension (ATS) - Cyberbullying and Media Awareness

    This group provides the space for students to examine their technology use and how it affects their lives as well as the lives of others; it includes discussion of cyberbullying and how to prevent it/address it, social media etiquette, internet safety, and digital citizenship.

    Parent Connect- District Wide

    Parent Connect is a virtual parent support group for parent/caregiver(s) of teens who are experiencing difficulties with attendance, behavior, vaping, cannabis & other substance use, campus closures and/or COVID-19 related stressors.

    More Information

    Tupe Referral/Information Form: www.smuhsd.org/tupe-referral
    Questions? Contact Laura Adams, TUPE Coordinator, at LAdams@smuhsd.org
    For more resources and referrals in the community, please contact our partner Care Solace at (888) 515-0595 or visit www.caresolace.com/smuhsdfamilies