Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (R-STOP)
About the Program
The Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (R-STOP) program is a diversion program that provides:
- A response to school and other related substance abuse policy offenders
- A structured meeting with youth, their parents, and other parties as appropriate
- Offender accountability through a Court Diversion Agreement
Advantages to the program include:
- Offender accountability without formal criminal charges
- Juvenile Court Service Unit-monitored agreement
- Substance Abuse Screening (SASSI) for all offenders (assessment for chemical dependency)
- Random urine screens are a part of the agreement which provides accountability
- School Resource Officer, school personnel, or other individuals may refer the offender to Juvenile Court Service Unit for an intake screen. A petitioner is needed.
- The case is evaluated by an Intake Officer for appropriateness of diversion.
- The Diversion Officer schedules a meeting with parties involved
- A meeting is held and if an agreement is reached, the diversion process continues
- Successful completion of agreement leads to a successful resolution of offense
- Unsuccessful completion of agreement leads to a formal charge and adjudication
Below are some tips for parents/guardians who think their child may be involved in substance abuse (this includes alcohol and tobacco in addition to illegal drugs):
- Give children guidance, support, and clear, enforceable limits.
- Listen carefully, because our children don't always tell us directly what we need to know.
- Keep communication open and ongoing.
- Be a positive role model because children will follow your example.
- Teach your child what is important in your family.
- Meet the parents of your child's friends and find ways to communicate with and support each other.
- Continue to communicate with your children even though they may say things that hurt you.
- Determine the line between being a parent and being a friend. There must be a clear distinction for your children.
- Encourage involvement in healthful activities.
- Consistency and follow-through are critical. You are the role model for your children, and they need to know you mean what you say.
- Educate yourself about the risks for your child with violence and alcohol, tobacco, vaping, and other drug use.
- Don't hesitate to seek help. We need each other.
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.