Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (R-STOP)

About the Program

The Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (R-STOP) program is a diversion program that provides:

  • A response to school and other related substance abuse policy offenders
  • A structured meeting with youth, their parents, and other parties as appropriate
  • Offender accountability through a Court Diversion Agreement

Program Advantages

Advantages to the program include:

  • Offender accountability without formal criminal charges
  • Juvenile Court Service Unit-monitored agreement
  • Substance Abuse Screening (SASSI) for all offenders (assessment for chemical dependency)
  • Random urine screens are a part of the agreement which provides accountability

Referral Process

  • School Resource Officer, school personnel, or other individuals may refer the offender to Juvenile Court Service Unit for an intake screen. A petitioner is needed.
  • The case is evaluated by an Intake Officer for appropriateness of diversion.

Agreement Phase

  • The Diversion Officer schedules a meeting with parties involved
  • A meeting is held and if an agreement is reached, the diversion process continues

Restorative Phase

  • Successful completion of agreement leads to a successful resolution of offense
  • Unsuccessful completion of agreement leads to a formal charge and adjudication

Tips

Below are some tips for parents/guardians who think their child may be involved in substance abuse (this includes alcohol and tobacco in addition to illegal drugs):

  • Give children guidance, support, and clear, enforceable limits.
  • Listen carefully, because our children don't always tell us directly what we need to know.
  • Keep communication open and ongoing.
  • Be a positive role model because children will follow your example.
  • Teach your child what is important in your family.
  • Meet the parents of your child's friends and find ways to communicate with and support each other.
  • Continue to communicate with your children even though they may say things that hurt you.
  • Determine the line between being a parent and being a friend. There must be a clear distinction for your children.
  • Encourage involvement in healthful activities.
  • Consistency and follow-through are critical. You are the role model for your children, and they need to know you mean what you say.
  • Educate yourself about the risks for your child with violence and alcohol, tobacco, vaping, and other drug use.
  • Don't hesitate to seek help. We need each other.

More Information

For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.