Vermont Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program


For youth ages 16-21 Ticketed for alcohol possession or possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Participants in Valley Court Diversion’s YSAP Program intervention begin by calling and scheduling an intake at VCDP’s White River office.

The intake consists of the administration of an evidence based screening tool, payment of the fee, and scheduling to attend the three-hour education class.

This cognitive behavioral class utilizes motivational interviewing and is based on a four year study of secondary prevention strategies with college-age substance users. 

The class discusses social norms, the effects of substances on physical health and social behavior, drug-refusal skills, and self-monitoring.

A one-on-one exit interview done by the facilitating Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor is completed with each of the participants.

Occasionally, some participants exhibit behaviors that indicate a need for further professional intervention. These individuals are referred for an individual assessment with our licensed counselors or another therapist of their own choosing.

Location and Schedule of Classes:
The Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program meets in the conference room of Valley Court Diversion Programs.
211 North Main Street,
White River Junction, VT.

Classes are held on two Tuesdays a month from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Classes are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
Please contact AJ at 802-295-5078 x14 for more information.

Please note: If the participant receives two tickets, for both alcohol and marijuana, a separate fee must be paid for each.