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Substance Use Support and Resources for Students

Substance Use Support and Resources for Students

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.

Fill out the referral form:

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 Information

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

Download the flyers:

Substance Use Support Programs for Students

Programas de Apoyo para Estudiantes sobre el Uso de Sustancias


Watch a two minute video about SMUHSD's award-winning Alternative to Suspension (ATS) program. 

For a more in-depth look at SMUHSD's programs, watch a 25-minute video "Protecting Youth with Tupe Funds," created for the California Department of Education.

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