The Adolescent Substance Awareness Program (ASAP) provides an approved adjudication alternative to the underage offender that is using alcohol and/or other drugs. The goal of the program is to provide an educational intervention, as a substitute for strictly punitive punishment, for juveniles and young adults, under the age of twenty-one (21), cited for alcohol or other drug related offenses. The most common offenses for which a young person is referred to the program include Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of a Controlled Substance, or any offense related to the use/abuse of alcohol or drugs.
The Adolescent Substance Awareness Program curriculum includes information related to both alcohol and controlled substance use and addresses peer pressure, decision-making, and consequences, while promoting responsible behavior. The class utilizes a variety of teaching methods, providing the opportunities for participants to evaluate their habits and explore various approaches toward modifying their behavior. The Adolescent Substance Awareness Program provides the adolescent and young adult population with an awareness of the disease concept of addiction, including highlighting the damaging effects of drug and alcohol use, particularly on adolescent brain development, and to this end, is an important step towards reducing the recidivism rate. The curriculum also explores the academic, legal, and social consequences of continued use, and offers the participants with information on available community and school-based resources.
Referrals to the ASAP Program may be made by contacting Susan Cooper, Program Coordinator, at 484-713-1102 or Susan.Cooper@holcombbhs.org
Referrals to the program may be made by a Magisterial District Judge, Common Pleas Judge, Police Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, School Administrator or Representative, Attorney, or a concerned parent or family member; youth may also self-refer.
Each cycle of the Adolescent Substance Awareness Program consists of eight (8) instructional hours delivered in two four (4) hour classes, as follows:
Weekend Classes – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Weekday Classes – 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Schedule may vary each month.
The cost of the Adolescent Substance Awareness Program is $100.00
There is a rescheduling fee of $25.00
All fees must be remitted to COAD ten (10) days prior to the first day of class.
Checks and/or Money Orders may be sent to:
The COAD Group
ATTN: ASAP Program/Susan Cooper
467 Creamery Way
Exton, PA 19341
Program Contact Information:
For more information about the Adolescent Substance Awareness Program or to register for the program,
Please contact Susan Cooper, Program Coordinator, by phone at 484-713-1102 or by e-mail at Susan.Cooper@holcombbhs.org