Student Assistance Programs

The Toms River Regional Schools Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Program incorporates evaluation, referral for treatment, continuity of care and prevention components into its comprehensive alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Program has two components:

    a. Students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (including anabolic steroids); and

    b. Referrals from students, students referring other students, staff members and the community through consultation and information. 

Age Specific Learning

Alcohol and substance abuse education is based on age specific learning: Elementary education is based upon character building, self-esteem activities and resiliency training. It is taught in a variety of academic and after school activities, including Lion’s Quest, The Homework Club and other community activities designed to involve families.

Middle and high school education is based upon the reinforcing motivations to avoid alcohol and other drugs while developing a broader outlook. It focuses on understanding the potential long term effects of substance use. These prevention programs are offered through individual conflict resolution, peer leadership groups, health instruction,  support groups and guest speakers.

What Student Assistance Programs Do

  • Keep students from using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Reduce incidence and prevalence of student alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
  • Increase the age of onset of student’s first use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
  •  Reduce the factors that place students at risk for involvement with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs through school and community-based planning processes.
  • Contribute to the development of school environments and alternative activities that are free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of students, staff and community members for avoiding the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
  •  Actively involve staff, parents and community members in the development and implementation of prevention program plans.
  • Identify students who are at risk for, or who have exhibited, alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse or related problems.
  • Help students and/or their families who have requested assistance for an alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse problems.
  • Make a preliminary assessment of a student’s need for educational programs, supportive services or treatment which extends beyond the general school program by virtue of the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs by the student or the student’s family.
  • Refer students for evaluation to make a positive determination regarding a student’s need for alcohol, tobacco or other drug treatment.
  • Help a student or student’s family follow-through on the recommendations of an evaluation which has positively determined the harmful use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs by the student or the student’s family.
  • Assist with the provision of educational programs and services for students in treatment.
  • Plan and provide supportive services for students who are returning from treatment. 

Programs

A comprehensive school based tobacco intervention program for intermediate and high school students, including in-school intervention, referral for treatment and self-referrals for students and parents.


For more information, call your school Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC).

6th & 8th Grade transitional programs for students moving from one school to the next.

Prevention Education Intervention