Adolescent Services

Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Drug Prevention Program (OASAS)

Description of Services:

The youth served in this program are male and female ages 12-21 years of age. The program provides comprehensive services to all participants involved in its programs. All participation is VOLUNTARTY. Within this general framework, referrals are made by schools, parents, other agencies and the youth themselves. Assessments are conducted to determine if participants meet criteria established by OASAS. The established OASAS criteria includes: Alcohol/ Substance use, abuse, truancy/ attendance problems, academic failure, family problems, COA/COSA behavior problems, interpersonal relationships, mental health problems and gambling.

Youth who meet these criteria are selected for prevention services. They are recognized as more vulnerable and in need of more intense service. Participants will receive the following services:

Individual Counseling: This service provides participants with trained and credentialed substance abuse counselors for individual sessions to address and prevent alcohol and substance abuse and use. Each participant is assigned a counselor in which they meet with face to face on a weekly basis.

Group Counseling: Participants are a part of an ongoing group dealing with specific problems which may contribute to patterns of behavior which are or could become a  reason for  for initiation of alcohol use and abuse. The groups are limited in size and led by a substance specialist. Groups are held twice a week.

Social Skills Group: A comprehensive social skills group include (a) training in identifying and resisting social pressures to use alcohol or any other substance, (b) the development of non-use norms and expectations; information about short –term social and personal consequences of alcohol and substance abuse (d) affective and social kills management, values clarification and self-esteem enhancement. Groups must be completing in 8 sequential sessions.

Discussion Group: Activities conducted in small groups dealing with specific problems and issues which tend to escalate the risk of substance abuse. Look at “risk factors.” The topics may be wide- ranging, but focuses on issues that appear in admission criteria.

Academic Services: Participants will have the opportunity to receive tutoring services utilizing after school tutors,. Monday through Thursday. Participants are also able to receive homework help services during our centers Saturday program.  Report cards and school visits are conducted by participant’s assigned counselor/ prevention specialist.

Vocational Services: Participants will be assigned to computer training, job readiness, MSG Classroom and Excel (College Prep) is readily available to participants on the cusp of graduating high school and seeking employment and college.

Multicultural Activities: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in multicultural activities to heighten the awareness of community. Participants will explore specific ethnic, religious, or cultural community values. Participants will engage in four single continuing activities.

Recreational Activities: Participants will engage in fitness and healthy activity to promote positive reinforcement and engaged participation toward completing treatment plan goals. Recreational activity includes but is not limited to: basketball, baseball, football and  soccer.

The WISE2 Program (Well-Informed on Sexuality Education, Too)

The WISE2 Program is a New York State Department of Health initiative to reduce the teen pregnancy rate in Harlem.  Using evidence-based programs, Health Educators are in a school classrooms teaching comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education; having private one-on-one sessions with students who have questions; providing a link to the Dunlevy Milbank Health Clinic; and conducting parent-child communication workshops.  The program also has JAM (Just Ask Me) Peer Educators that conduct workshops to other youth in their schools or after school programs.  All services are FREE.

For more information on the program; how to sign up for a youth or parent workshop;  or questions on what you can do to reduce the teen pregnancy rate, please contact Pascale Saintonge at (347) 413-4093 or Ext. 239.


For more information or to register, call (212) 996-1716.