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Drug and Alcohol Awareness


The Drug and Alcohol Awareness page is dedicated to:

  • Promoting prevention efforts relating to violence, drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Promoting intervention procedures related to violence, drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Promoting educational programs regarding violence, drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Preventing drug and alcohol misuse and abuse, and creating an atmosphere for positive behavioral change within the school district and our community.

Student Assistance Program
The WASD Student Assistance Program is known as SAP.  Both the high school and middle school buildings have a trained SAP Team made up of teachers, administrators and counselors who meet several times a week to provide services to referred students.  In addition, every building in the district has a full-time Student Assistance/Crisis Counselor.

The SAP program provides a means of identifying and helping students who have challenges which interfere with their success at school.

There are many possible reasons for referral to the SAP Team, such as:

Drug/Alcohol Abuse Recent Death of a Loved One
Depression/Anxiety Pregnancy/Teen Parent
Divorce Social / Behavior Concerns
Eating Disorders Other Personal Problems

Through SAP, students may be offered help in many ways including counseling, mentoring and support groups. 
The district has hired a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), based in the high school Guidance Office, to provide expertise to the SAP Teams in addressing drug and alcohol issues,  in addition to working with individual students and assisting with student support groups.

Students can be referred to the Student Assistance Program by parents, peers, administration, faculty or staff, and self-referral.  Fill out the High School SAP Referral Form and return to the Guidance Department. Parental permission is required for student participation in SAP.  Involvement in SAP is confidential.

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Jay Starnes, Assistant Superintendent,[email protected] or (570) 226-4557 option 6.


The Wayne County Drug & Alcohol Commission is a public non-profit agency. The Commission is fully licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Programs. The Commission is committed to providing prevention, early intervention, and comprehensive drug-free treatment services to the Wayne County area. These services shall be made available to every resident of Wayne County regardless of race, creed, color, age, sex or ability to pay.

The Wayne Co. D&A Commission provides drug and alcohol assessments (no charge for adolescents), prevention services (including meeting with SAP Teams), DUI and Underage Drinking classes, case management and referral for D&A counseling.

Outpatient counseling and referral for inpatient treatment for Wayne Co. residents is provided in the Honesdale D&A office by Carbon/Monroe/Pike D&A Commission.  Their contact number in the Wayne Co. office is (570)253-5099. There is no charge for adolescents or SAP referrals.
The Commission closely guards the confidentiality of its clients.

Contact Information: 
(570) 253-6022

The primary mission of the authority is the assessment of the local drug & alcohol prevention, intervention and treatment service need, as well as the planning for and funding of the local continuum of services for the tri-county community.

Drug and alcohol assessments (no charge fro adolescents) for Pike County residents are provided by Catholic Social Services in Milford, PA - (570) 296-1054, or Pyramid Outpatient (walk-in assessment) in Hawley, PA - (570) 390-7261 .

24 Hour Hotline 1-866-824-3578  (Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug & Alcohol Commission)

The following treatment facilities offer adolescent inpatient drug/alcohol rehabilitation services.

Education and Information for Students

Education and Information for Parents/Guardians:

Help & Treatment for Students/Parents

Support for Parents & Students