Intervention Services

ADAPP provides individual and group counseling services as well as substance abuse and mental health assessment services in many schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

Individual Counseling

Prevention counseling is designed to help high risk youth develop necessary coping skills to reach their academic and emotional potential and to choose a healthy drug free lifestyle. The goal is to increase resiliency, to help to create stronger bonds with the school and family, and to increase social competencies.

Group Counseling

Using the interactional approach of the Mutual Aid Model of Group work, ADAPP school-based groups emphasize coping and skill development. The model views the participants interaction with their environment, school peers and parents. The group leader, a trained ADAPP staff member, assists youth with developing skills to manage their world and to create the bonds that increase resiliency. This use of peers in group is especially important. Members are encouraged to provide support to each other, to try out new behaviors and to give and receive feedback.

Substance Abuse Assessment / Evaluation

This assessment is for individuals who are concerned, or whose family or school is concerned, about the level of substance use. The evaluation can be conducted on the school site or at one of our ADAPP offices. It is a comprehensive substance abuse assessment that uses motivational interviewing to assess the level of use, as well as to assist with making a referral. This service is available for youth and adults.

Brief Intervention

Teen Intervention

Is an early intervention program targeting 12- to 19-year-olds who display the early stages of alcohol or drug use, but do not use these substances daily or demonstrate substance dependence. Integrating stages of change theory and motivational enhancement, this intervention aims to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their alcohol and other drug use.It is administered in a school setting in two to four 1-hour sessions, 10 days apart.


SBIRT is a comprehensive, early intervention service for persons with substance use disorders and for those at risk of developing them. It is an opportunity for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur. It includes:

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.



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