Student Intervention & Reintegration Program (SIRP)

Student Intervention & Reintegration Program (SIRP)
Serving youth in Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, Long Island, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Portland, Pownal, & Yarmouth

 

Overview: SIRP is an educational, risk-reduction program for high school aged youth who have had experiences with tobacco, alcohol or drugs, and who may not qualify for treatment.  The primary goal of SIRP is to reduce or eliminate use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs and associated problems, such as absenteeism, car crashes, fights, risky sexual behaviors, and health problems. SIRP helps participants plan for and commit to changes in their behavior.

Curriculum: SIRP is taught by a nationally certified instructor and is based on the Prime for Life evidence-based curriculum, which focuses on reducing students’ resistance and increasing awareness of their use, while educating them on alcohol and drug use. The program has three units. In Unit One – Prevention, teens learn specific age-appropriate guidelines for alcohol use that reduce risk for alcohol and drug related problems at any point in life. In Unit Two – Reflection, participants take time to determine what phase of use they are in and what that means to them. In Unit Three – Protection, they apply what has been learned, obtain support from others, and prepare to follow through with their commitment to making low-risk choices in their daily lives. 

Classes:  SIRP is held monthly, over the course of 3 days, with light snacks available during classes. Parent meetings are held during the first hour of the first class. Class locations rotate monthly between the Portland (Portland Public Library) and Casco Bay (Prince Memorial Library 266 Main St., Cumberland). Classes are also available in Brunswick, Casco, and South Portland.

Portland
October 8th, 9th & 11th
December 3rd, 4th & 6th
March 11th, 12th & 14th
May 6th, 7th & 9th

Casco Bay
November 11th, 12th & 13th 
January 6th, 7th, & 10th
February 3rd, 4th, & 7th
March 31st, April 1st & 4th

Referrals to the program come from parents, school districts, youth-serving organizations, local law enforcement, and others.

Post-Class: SIRP Coordinators notify the referrer and anyone else cited on the parent’s signed release of program participation form to let them know the youth’s completion status. Any parents/guardians of a youth who has been identified as needing treatment will be notified if consent has been given by the youth. For more information on SIRP, visit sirp.adcareme.org.

For details about upcoming classes and to register, please contact

Chanda Sinclair, 874-8965 cls@portlandmaine.gov

 

 

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