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Substance Abuse Prevention & Educational Intervention

ACPS Substance Abuse (SA) Prevention and Educational Intervention Services

ACPS provides substance abuse (SA) prevention and early intervention for schools K-12 through the Department of Student Services & Equity.  The SA services include screenings, assessments, early intervention, targeted case management, and prevention campaigns. The Opportunity Seminar is a program under the Substance Abuse services at DSSE. The ACPS Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) abuse regulations guidelines mandates that students shall not possess, use, and/or distribute alcohol, tobacco and/or tobacco products, or other drugs on school property, on school buses, or during school activities, on or off school property. Parents and students can consult existing policies and regulations regarding Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) at ACPS website.

Current AOD policies:

What AOD related behaviors?

  • Possess and attempt to possess 
  • Procure or attempt to procure
  • Purchase or attempt to purchase
  • Distribute or attempt to distribute
  • Solicitation or attempt to solicit

Primary responsibility for helping students who are involved with substance abuse lies with students and their parents. Nevertheless, the Department of Student Services & Equity (DSSE) strives to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach to providing a supportive school environment for students involved with substance use or abuse. As such, DSSE supports substance abuse prevention and early intervention programs that vary according to individual needs. Included among these are programs to educate students about the harmful effects of illegal drugs and alcohol; the misuse of drugs and other legal substances; programs for staff in the identification of substance abuse; and activities and programs for those who need help with intervention activities and programs. The department's substance abuse prevention and early intervention program may provide group experiences, individual counseling, and other programs. Additionally, referral of students and parents to community agencies for assistance, at the parent's expense, may also occur.

Consult details about your ACPS SA services here:

Family Workshop Series on Substance Abuse Prevention

Families want to be active in preventing substance abuse and other risky behaviors in their homes, schools, and communities. Join the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team to learn from the experiences of families, staff, and community partners at workshops scheduled for October and November 2023.

These workshops will help families recognize the signs of substance abuse, explain how families can help make a difference, and connect attendees to resources. 

Guiding Principles

The guiding practice principles of the substance abuse services at ACPS are:

ACPS provides Substance Abuse (SA) prevention and intervention services for grades K-12. This service is offered by the Department of Student Services & Equity using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach, and Positive Behavioral Interventions (PBIS) to deliver services to students involved with substance use or abuse-related problems. Services include:

Alcohol and illegal drug use and abuse are prohibited by the ACPS Student Code of Conduct in compliance with all applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.

  • Privacy
  • Safety
  • Confidentiality
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Screenings
  • Assessments
  • Early Intervention
  • Targeted Case Management
  • Prevention Campaigns

Information = Prevention! ACPS Spring 2023 Workshops on Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Counselors

Fredy L. Martinez, MS.Ed. CSAC
K-12 Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Services Coordinator
703-619-8278 x1237

Kate Dunlap, LCSW
K-12 Substance Abuse Services Specialist, Department of Student Services, & Equity
Office: (703) 619-8495 x 2912
Cell: (703) 819-0176