Programs to prevent and treat drug and alcohol abuse, coming to Peoria Public Schools

Additional counseling services were also approved at their board meeting Monday.

PEORIA - Peoria Public Schools Board of Education approved 2 programs for students Monday night. The Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Program, or ADAPT, partners with the Children's Home Association to help kids ages 11 to 18. That's for students living in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. ADAPT has different levels of services depending on the child's level of need, including family and group therapy.

Another program, Life Transformational Counseling, will allow 20 students in the district to get mental health and substance abuse services. The director of the district's social and emotional learning office told WMBD these services give some kids a second chance at a better future. 

"Addiction is a real issue, and its, a lot of times addiction goes beyond just bad choices and bad habits, and so a lot of times it gives us an opportunity to get to the root of the issue, why this student is using illegal substances, but also it doesn't do any good to kick students out on the street" said Derrick Booth, director of the social and emotional learning office for PPS. 

Booth said involving families can help lead to a break through. 

"Any time you start peeling the layers back trying to get to the root of the issue with students, you always go back to the families, the parents, and so when you get into the homes, it not only assists the students but the families" said Booth."That's where the real change begins."

There is no fee for ADAPT program services. Transformational Counseling will cost the district $22,000, and will cover through May 31st,  2018.


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