New Jersey - Alcohol and Drug-use Intervention Programs: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-4.1 Adoption of policies and procedures for the intervention of student alcohol and other drug abuse

(a) Each district board of education shall adopt and implement policies and procedures for the assessment, intervention, referral for evaluation, referral for treatment, and enforcement of the code of student conduct, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7, for students whose use of alcohol or other drugs has affected their school performance, or for students who consume or who are suspected of being under the influence of or who possess or distribute the following substances on school grounds pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-9, 10, and 11:

    1. Alcoholic beverages;
    1. Any controlled dangerous substance, including anabolic steroids, as defined in N.J.S.A. 24:21-2 and 2C:35-2;
    1. Any chemical or chemical compound that releases vapor or fumes causing a condition of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction, or dulling of the brain or nervous system, including, but not limited to, glue containing a solvent having the property of releasing toxic vapors or fumes, as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.4; and
    1. Over-the-counter and prescription medications that are improperly used to cause intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction, or dulling of the brain or nervous system.

(b) In adopting and implementing policies and procedures for assessment, intervention, referral for evaluation, and referral for treatment of alcohol or other drug-affected students, district boards of education shall consult with a local organization licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and may consult with out-of-State agencies licensed by the appropriate state regulatory agency for alcohol and other drug services, or private practitioners certified by the appropriate drug and alcohol licensing board, as appropriate, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-11.

(c) Each district board of education's policies for students using, possessing, or distributing alcohol and other drugs, as defined in (a) above, shall include the following components:

    1. The role of appropriate school staff when handling a variety of possible alcohol or other drug-related situations involving students on school grounds;
    1. Specific procedures, sanctions and due process provisions, consistent with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-4.4 and 7, as appropriate, for violations of the alcohol and other drug policy requiring action by the district board of education to apply the code of student conduct pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7, including consequences for not following through on the recommendations of an evaluation for alcohol or other drug abuse and related behaviors;
    1. Appropriate steps for ameliorating student problems related to alcohol and other drug use;
    1. Appropriate steps for providing support for student transitions to and from health and social service agencies;
    1. Specific procedures to govern instances where emergency room services are required in treating alcohol- or other drug-affected students;
    1. Assessment or evaluation services for students who are affected by alcohol or other drug use.

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-3.1 Establishment of comprehensive alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse programs

  1. The purpose of the intervention, referral for evaluation, and referral for treatment components of the program shall be to:
    • i. Identify students who are at risk for, or who have exhibited, alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse or related problems;
    • ii. Help students or their parents who have requested assistance for alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse problems;
    • iii. Make a preliminary assessment of a student's need for educational programs, supportive services or treatment that extends beyond the general school program by virtue of the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by the student or the student's parents;
    • iv. Refer students for evaluation to make a positive determination regarding a student's need for alcohol, tobacco, or other drug treatment;
    • v. Help a student or a student's parents follow through on the recommendations resulting from an evaluation that has positively determined the harmful use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by the student or the student's parents; and
    • vi. Assist a student or a student's parents with a referral for treatment.

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-4.2 Review and availability of policies and procedures for the intervention of student alcohol or other drug abuse

(a) Each district board of education shall establish a process for the annual review of the effectiveness of its policies and procedures regarding student alcohol and other drug abuse. The district board of education may solicit parent, student, and community input, as well as consult in the review process with local alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention and treatment agencies licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services.
(b) Each district board of education shall annually disseminate to all school staff, students and parents through its website or other means its adopted policies and procedures for implementing N.J.A.C. 6A:16-4.

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