Dear Parent or Guardian,

Welcome to Second Chance, an early intervention, substance use education program. Our goal is to provide an educational experience that will help your child review his/her relationships, understand the harmful effects of using prohibited substances and what led him/her to do so, and help change his/her behavior. Successful completion requires all three of the following.

Student Program:

High School students are required to attend a 3-day program. They will take the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) on Day 2 (more information regarding the SASSI can be found at: www.sassi.com).

  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Arrive between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m.
  • Where: Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Click here for directions).
  • Food: Students must bring their own lunch or cash to purchase lunch from the Syphax café. Water and snacks will be served.

Middle School students are required to attend a 2-day program. They will take the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) on Day 2 (more information regarding the SASSI can be found at: www.sassi.com).

  • Time: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Arrive between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m.
  • Where: Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Click here for directions).
  • Food: Students must bring their own lunch or cash to purchase lunch from the Syphax café. Water and snacks will be served.

High School Spanish-speaking students are required to attend a 2-day program. They will take the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) on Day 2 (more information regarding the SASSI can be found at: www.sassi.com ).

  • Time: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Arrive between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m.
  • Where: Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Click here for directions).
  • Food: Students must bring their own lunch or cash to purchase lunch from the Syphax café. Water and snacks will be served.

Parent/Guardian Program: Parents/guardians are required to attend a 3-hour program during the week their child attends Second Chance.

  • Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • When:
    • High School program: the evening of Day 3 of the student program;
  • Middle School program and High School Spanish-speaking program: the evening of Day 2 of the student program.
  • A Saturday morning parent session may be offered as an option on a session-by-session basis.
    • Where: Stambaugh Health Services Center (DHS), Lower Level, 2100 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA (entrance is directly across the street from the student program).

Booster Session: You and your child are required to attend a follow-up booster session approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the student program:

  • When: Date to be confirmed at the parent/guardian session.
  • Time: A 15-minute appointment between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. (specific time to be determined).
  • Where: Stambaugh Health Services Center (DHS), Lower Level, Rooms B & C, 2100 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA (entrance is directly across the street from the student program).
  • Food: We will provide pizza and water. You are also welcome to bring your own.

You will receive a reminder phone call, text, or email a few days prior to the start of the student session. If you have any questions or concerns before then, please let me know. We look forward to working with you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alvaro Alarcon

alvaro@impel.life

202-644-6812

www.impel.life

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