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  • EIN 13-3264779
  • (914) 332-1300
  • 660 White Plains Road Tarrytown NY 10591 USA

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Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Student assistance services corporation provides substance abuse and bullying prevention, and intervention activities for youth, parents, professionals, and community groups.

Programs: Project success is an alcohol and other-drug prevention/early intervention program implemented in westchester county high schools and junior high/middle schools, through funding from the new york state office of alcoholism and substance abuse services and the participating schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 5,059 middle and high school students were seen in the program. The goals of the program are to prevent students from using alcohol and other drugs, to increase school and community awareness about the dangers of adolescent alcohol and drug use, to eliminate alcohol and other drug use among those who are using by educating them about the negative consequences of their use, and to empower non-using adolescents to strengthen the factors that protect against the risks of substance use. In 2016-2017, 97% of participating students increased or maintained their perception of the risk of harmfulness of alcohol and other drugs. The program is recognized as one of the few prevention/early intervention programs that has been able to document a positive impact on reducing alcohol and drug use among at-risk students in high schools. 96% of participating students in 2016-2017 reduced the frequency of alcohol or marijuana use (or remained abstinent) during the last 30 days after program participation. Project success is being replicated in nineteen states, and fourteen other counties in new york state. The westchester student assistance program (sap) was adapted for residential facilities (rsap) and in 1999 was designated by the substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa) center for substance abuse prevention (csap) as an exemplary program. The sap was modified to incorporate additional prevention program components and named project success and received the same designation in 2000. Both rsap and project success are highly rated programs on samhsa's national registry of evidence based programs and practices.

roaddd (reduce our adolescents' drinking, drugging and driving), an educational program aimed at preventing drinking, drugging, and driving among high school students. In 2016-2017, the program reached 2069 students, in a six-session educational program and in individual meetings with the roadd health educator as needed. Pre- and post- surveys completed by the students showed statistically significant improvement in perception of risk of harm resulting in a reduction of unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol & other drug use, and driving. The roaddd program is funded entirely by the westchester county stop-dwi program, which receives money from the fines of convicted drunk drivers. Evaluations have found that the program is extremely effective in reducing unhealthy behaviors regarding alcohol, drug use and driving.

the yonkers coalition for youth (ycy) brings together all sectors of the yonkers community to help prevent and reduce youth alcohol and other drug use. Ycy uses the strategic prevention framework to assess community needs and strengths, build the capacity of the community, engage in an interactive planning process, implement proven prevention strategies and evaluate our results. Membership includes but is not limited to social service agencies, parents, youth, schools, law enforcement, and the faith community. Starting on september 30 2014, ycy was awarded a drug free community support program grant, and student assistance services serves as the fiscal agent for this grant. Some accomplishments of the grant funded strategies to date include: 9 large scale positive assembly programs presented to over 3,000 high school students over 80 students involved in positive peer leadership trainings, including 15 who attended a 3 day summer leadership conference 40 students participated in the county executive's project worthy initiative to address opiate overdose. Partnership with the police department to deliver prevention services to at risk youth. A community wide "be smart, don't start" celebration attracting hundreds of adult and youth participant. An invitation to speak at a national conference for over 3,000 coalition professionals. Training over 300 yonkers faculty in current drug trends and effective outreach to teens. Claiming 4/20 at healthy teen brain day with a large rally at a local hospital including speeches presented by yonkers students. Presentations to hundreds of yonkers parents on current drug trends and effective parenting approaches.

student assistance services (sas) also provides other prevention programming to address adolescent bullying behavior and adolescent gambling. The organization provides technical assistance, training and evaluation to westchester community coalition groups focused on the prevention of adolescent alcohol and other drug use. Other programs include an employee assistance program for the staff of three westchester-based residential facilities; an alcohol awareness program designed as a resource for local judges to assign under-age adolescents caught with possession of alcohol; and an intervention program for families coping with a young family member's addiction problems. Sas also provides consultation and training to school districts, municipalities, professionals, and others on substance abuse prevention-related issues.

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