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School-Based Substance Use Disorder Services (SUDS) Program


Catholic Charities adolescent substance use disorder services are currently offered in two schools: Boone County High School and Bishop Brossart High School. The SUDS counseling program offers direct mental health and substance use treatment in a school setting while assisting and involving teachers and parents to enhance the student’s success with therapy. The program is open to any students in our participating schools and is a free service to the family. We also offer a prevention curriculum that focuses on increasing the child’s knowledge of the risks associated with drug and alcohol use, as well as building self-awareness and empathy to give them tools to make healthy decisions.

Referrals are made by a teacher or school staff member, a parent, or the individual child. Most of our referrals are based on behavioral, educational, or emotional problems in class or at home. The school counselor will only provide on-going services if and when the parent/guardian completes a consent form, permission form, and parent referral form for the services. Please click below for the parent permission packet.

Boone County High School 2017-2018 School Year      Bishop Brossart High School 2017-2018 School Year

If you would like to refer your child or have questions regarding your child’s services, please email Julie Wagner at jwagner@covingtoncharities.org or call her at 859-581-8974 ext. 108.

If your child starts behaving differently for no apparent reason—such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem. Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty. Other signs include:

  • a change in peer group
  • carelessness with grooming
  • decline in academic performance
  • missing classes or skipping school
  • loss of interest in favorite activities
  • trouble in school or with the law
  • changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • deteriorating relationships with family members and friends
Through scientific advances, we know more than ever before about how drugs work in the brain. We also know that addiction can be successfully treated to help young people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Intervening early when you first spot signs of drug use in your teen is critical; don’t wait for your teen to become addicted before you seek help. However, if a teen is addicted, treatment is the next step. (http://teens.drugabuse.gov/parents/drugs-and-your-kids)

If you would like to learn more about becoming a participating school, please send your request to Paula Weber, MSW, LCSW, Director of Counseling Services, at pweber@covingtoncharities.org.