Substance Use and Support Resources

  • TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) is an award-winning program with a team of mental health therapists trained  to support students in the district who want to talk confidentially about their  substance or nicotine use, free of charge.  TUPE is funded by a grant from the state of California, funded by taxes collected from the sale of tobacco.

    Note: Parents/guardians are able to request for their student to be referred to the below support groups: 

    Vaping Awareness Prevention and Education (VAPE)

    • Small group sessions to increase our students’ knowledge surrounding the harmfulness of vaping and to empower conversation  to support awareness about nicotine use. 
    • Group sessions will run on Mondays for two weeks, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m., in person at the district office or via Zoom.  
    • Language interpretation available with advance notice.  

    Substance Use Program (SUP)

    • This group provides the opportunity to enhance critical thinking, inform decision making, raise awareness and foster ambivalence towards substance use. 
    • Group sessions will run on Tuesdays for four weeks, 3:30 - 5 p.m., in person at the district office or via Zoom.  
    • Language interpretation available with advance notice.  

    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. 
    • Two brief one-on-one sessions via Zoom or in person will be scheduled with a trained professional based on student’s  availability, with options for additional sessions and an optional, encouraged parent session.  
    • Language interpretation available with advance notice.  

    Parent Connect

    The San Mateo Union High School District has developed a Family Support Group with parents and primary caretakers in mind.

    Learn about:

    • Parent-child communication
    • Positive behavior management
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Healthy boundaries
    • Strategies that promote school success
    • Self-care strategies and coping skills to manage stress
    • Tobacco, Vapes, Cannabis, and other drugs

    Our goal is to provide parents/guardians with the tools needed to proactively resolve conflicts with teens, improve their attendance and enhance their well-being.

    Learn more about Parent Connect.

TUPE Contact

  • Please use the form to refer a student and/or request information regarding substance use support groups provided by the District.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Dr. Jessamy Cadigan
    TUPE Mental Health Therapist