The What......

    Comprehensive Substance Use Assessment 

    Students who receive disciplinary referrals related to substance use and/or possession are required to have a comprehensive substance use assessment by a Licensed Substance Use Counselor.  QACPS has FREE counselors for this service, however if parents should want a private provider to assess their child then they are responsible for paying for it and any recommended treatment. 

    • Parents concerned that their child may be using substances can also request a FREE assessment.
    • Student Assistance Programs can refer a student.
    • Agencies can refer youth (still in school) for an assessment.

    The assessment and counseling services are FREE, if provided by the SOS Licensed Substance Use Counselor! All students MUST have written parental permission before a student can be seen by the SOS Licensed Substance Use Counselor. Call 410-758-2403 and ask for Anchor Points Academy, then ask for the Substance Use Counselor.

    The Why.......

    The purpose is for a Licensed Substance Use Counselor to learn more about what substances a student is using, the impact that substance use is having on their life, and how it is impacting their relationships, family life, school, work, and general well-being.

    An comprehensive assessment gathers the following information: Medical and Dental History; Educational History (academics, extra-curricular activities, disciplinary); Employment; Financial History; Gambling Behavior; Substance Use History; Substance Use Treatment History; 12-Step Recovery History; Legal History; Family Relationships History; Peer Support History; Social History; Living Environment, Mental Health History: Mental Health Treatment History; Somatic Health - including a review of medications; Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers.

    The Licensed Substance Use Counselor determines the level of care (case management, individual counseling, group counseling, intensive outpatient treatment, residential care, etc.) based upon the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria. Any student needing a higher level of care than can be offered in a school setting will be given a list appropriate providers that they may choose from (QAC BOE is not responsible for services provided outside the school system. Private providers will charge fees that may or may not be covered by insurance).

    • Substance use treatment is provided to educate our youth, their families, and the community.
    • Provide Prevention Services.
    • Help Students to Develop Life Long Skills and Knowledge to remain Substance Free.

    The Who......

    The Licensed Substance Use Counselors will provide the treatment services for any identified student.

    The When.....

    Students are seen during their normal school day, at varied times and/or by appointment at the students request.

    The Where.....

    • Home Based School
    • Anchor Points Academy

    The How.......

    Call 410-758-2403 and ask for Anchor Points Academy, then ask for the Substance Use Counselor.


    Other Tidbits You Should Know!!! 


    All records are kept in a locked cabinet and are NOT part of a school record. No one has access to this record except for the appropriate Licensed Substance Use Counselors. All Federal and State confidentiality laws are adhered to at all times. Appropriate written consents MUST be signed before any information is released to anyone.


    It is ongoing support for a student. Face to face reviews with the student on a regular basis to insure the student is not in need of any additional services. 

    1. 1 to 2 face to face contacts with student at his/her “home school."
    2. Case management can last from 6 to 8 weeks, this is determined on a case by case basis.


    Individual therapy is a process through which students work one-on-one with a Licensed Counselor in a safe, caring, and confidential environment; Students will learn: about the disease process of Substance Use Disorders;  how to self-diagnose verbally and behaviorally; how to treat this brain disease; how to attain and maintain recovery; how to take personal responsibility for ongoing abstinence/recovery. 


    Group Therapy is a form of “task group” therapy in which a small, carefully selected group of individuals meets regularly with one or more Licensed Substance Use Counselors to work on identified treatment plan goals and objectives in a group setting.


Last Modified on May 2, 2018