Safe & Drug Free School
The function of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program is to implement strategies which support the research based risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse.
Students Helping Others and Understanding Themselves (S.H.O.U.T) is a peer leadership program designed for middle school students: To provide experiences that will help participants practice skills in relationship building; to gain knowledge about oneself and how one fits into the environment; to identify innate leadership skills and develop these abilities; to develop an understanding of personal values and how they affect each individual's behavioral guidelines; to develop a variety of skills that can be used to help plan and implement activities; to recognize the danger of drug use and identify strategies to resist the pressure to use drugs; to practice decision-making skills and compromising; to have fun individually and as a group.
The Maryland Student Assistance Program began in 1987 in the effort to identify students whose behavior, attendance, performance or grades indicate that they may be at risk for substance abuse. School based teams then work with families to refer them for help. The teams may consist of teachers, administrators, the school nurse, Pupil Personnel Worker, School Counselor, School Psychologist and an adolescent addiction counselor from Junction, Inc.