About the Program
The Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (RSTOP) program is a joint effort of the Loudoun County Public Schools, School Resource Officer program of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, and the Juvenile Court Service Unit.
As a diversion program, RSTOP provides:
- A comprehensive response to school related substance abuse policy offenders
- A structured meeting between school personnel, school resource officers, probation officers, offenders and their parents
- A program designed to focus additional attention to substance use offenses occurring in the school system via the Juvenile Intake Department
- 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 (assess for chemical dependency)
- Random urine screens are a part of the agreement which provides accountability
- School Resource Officer or school personnel 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 meeting with parties involved.
- A meeting held and if an agreement is reached, the diversion phase continues.
- Successful completion of agreement leads to a successful resolution of offense.
- Unsuccessful completion of agreement leads to a formal charge and adjudication.
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.