The ADA-PEP program is sponsored by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The program is overseen by the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health as well as Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES.
School districts receive a flat amount from OASAS for each position. The current rate is approximately $20,000 per position. School districts contribute the remainder of each person’s salary. SCSD currently receives this flat rate for five positions. There are no other “slots” available to SCSD.
The current five positions are assigned to the elementary schools. All five are health education certified. Each person provides services to 4-5 schools. Each person’s role is to provide the following:
Instruction to grades 4-6 on Personal Safety (Abduction and Abuse prevention)
Instruction to grade 5 on puberty and maturation
Instruction to grades 5-6 on HIV/AIDS information
Substances Abuse Prevention Education in grades 4-6 (primarily social skills)
This instruction in all of the above areas is provided to designated grade level classrooms throughout the District.
In addition, where feasible, ADA-PEP staff work with small groups of identified students doing “Service Learning” projects. Students are identified by their classroom teachers as needing help with social skills or demonstrating potential for leadership (both positive and negative). Our experience to date has been most effective when there is a balance of positive and negative behaviors within the group. The groups stay together and work together throughout the year on a variety of service learning projects. Service learning has been identified nationally as an effective practice in substance abuse prevention. It has been very successful within SCSD as well. However, we have only been able to service a small number of students each year.