D & A Units
OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAMS LICENSURE
The CISP Program is licensed by the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs (BDAP) for
prevention and education.
The CISP prevention program targets 6-12 year
olds in Garfield, the Hill District, Homewood, Wilkinsburg and McKeesport. Prevention
programming may take place in schools, churches or community centers.
CISP prevention curricula will focus primarily on drug and alcohol education and
social skill development. Drug and alcohol education will include: pharmacology,
mental, social, emotional and legal consequences. Social skill development will
include: self-awareness/acceptance, values clarification, sharing/inclusion, anger
management, conflict resolution and decision-making.
The targeted schools are Turner Elementary (Wilkinsburg), Crescent Elementary (Homewood),
Reizenstein Middle School (Garfield), Miller Elementary (Hill District) and McClure
Middle School (McKeesport).
SUBSTANCE ABUSE INTERVENTION
The Substance Abuse component of the CISP Program is based on two premises. The
first premise is that there is a very high correlation between delinquent behavior
and substance abuse among adolescents. The second premise is that traditional treatment
has been largely ineffective for delinquent and minority children. Therefore, the
substance abuse staff provides intervention that addresses the unique concerns of
our clients from a culturally specific framework.
The Substance Abuse Program enables youth to make a critical review of their personal
substance abuse, substance abuse of significant others including family members
and community abuse, and distribution of substances that are impediments to their
healthy growth and development.
The CISP Substance Abuse staff provides youth with the opportunity to make better,
more informed choices about drug and alcohol use through improved problem solving
and refusal skills as well as alternatives to drug dealing. Additionally, CISP holds
youth accountable and personally responsible for their behavior through natural
consequences, including referrals to long-term placements or more restrictive treatment
environments when necessary as well as sanctions.
CISP Substance Abuse Intervention provides two levels of services. They are Education/Assessment
and Outpatient Intervention. There are four phases of programming.
Phase I: Consists of the evaluation of all youth including
a psychosocial history of the adolescent and his family, diagnostic interviews and
the completion of the assessment package.
Phase II: Involves assigning youth to the most appropriate
tract, i.e. prevention, outpatient, or in extreme cases, referral to an inpatient
facility. Placement in this phase is based on Phase I information and the results
of the random, on-site drug testing Referrals are made by Substance Abuse staff
in conjunction with the remainder of the CISP treatment team.
Phase III: During this period, group norms and expectations
are established that allow the group to become a therapeutic community. At this
stage, all youth have individualized treatment plans and participates in a 15-week
drug and alcohol educational group curriculum. Intervention includes individual
counseling, principles of group psychotherapy, behavior modification and reality
CISP is in its third year of working in collaboration with Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
and the Bloomfield/Garfield Corp. All youth in the outpatient intervention tract
attend weekly NA meetings. Additionally, many youth who have addicted parents are
identified and taken to Children of Alcoholics (COA) support groups. Substance Abuse
staff led clients through a culturally specific curriculum that addresses the following
topics: the history of substance abuse in the African American community, individual
and cultural self-esteem, and developing trust as means to reduce criminal behavior.
When youth have completed the CISP program, the D&A treatment team makes appropriate
referrals according to needs identified throughout the treatment process.
Phase IV: Includes follow-up contacts on a bimonthly
basis to determine each youth adherence to the recommended aftercare plans.
Intensive outpatient intervention in CISP utilizes individual, group and family
therapy, psycho educational lectures, reality therapy and therapeutic activities
based upon the philosophy and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. The process of
intensive outpatient intervention allows the adolescent to live at home, attend
community and family functions while going through the process of assessment and
treatment. It incorporates daily living activities and develops new coping skills
to enhance the recovery of the participant and his family as well as to prevent
and/or minimize the risk of relapse.