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Project: F.I.N.D.

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The Project F.I.N.D. (Families Involved in Normal Development) program is a contractual agreement between Pitt County Schools (PCS) and the PORT Health Adolescent Substance Abuse Outpatient Program. The FIND program is designed as an early intervention tool to be used as an alternative to long-term suspension for Pitt County students who have violated the PCS alcohol and drug policyParental/Guardian involvement is essential and required for successful program completion.

F.I.N.D. Goals

  • Educate students and parents on drug and alcohol disorders
  • Identify potential problems or triggers 
  • Build positive life skills
  • Teach positive coping mechanisms
  • Promote a healthy self-esteem
  • Improve communication & decision-making skills

How it Works

The program consists of eight sessions focusing on providing awareness for student and parent(s) through drug education and to build positive life skills in the areas of communication, decision-making, and self-esteem. Students will also be given a minimum of three drug screenings in order to receive a completion letter to return to school. The student and family must attend and participate in all sessions and the youth must test negative on their last drug screening. Parents/guardians are responsible for the cost of the program; however, PORT Health Services will gladly bill insurance.

Referrals to the program can be made by contacting PORT Health Services at 252-413-1950.

Call 252-413-1950 for more information on our Project F.I.N.D program.

Students who are found to be in possession or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, as defined by the Pitt County School alcohol and drug policy, may be referred to PORT Human Services’ FIND program. The FIND program also accepts referrals as an alternative to long-term suspension for students who are believed to be involved in abusing substances. This broadened approach for referrals allows greater latitude in providing the early intervention that is critical in attempting to prevent serious, long-term problems for many students. Students who receive a number of behavioral referrals may also be referred to Project FIND II that focuses on improving behavior (all procedures are the same).

When a student violates the Pitt County Schools alcohol and drug policy:

  • The student will be suspended for 10 days from school. Within those ten (10) days, the parent/guardian will call and set an appointment with PORT Health Services for the intake. At no time shall the student return to school without the Confirmation of Enrollment form given to the parent/guardian after the intake appointment. The Confirmation of Enrollment form will also be faxed to the respective school.
  • After the intake session, the student and parent/guardian will be assigned to the next available Project FIND group. There are a total of 6 one-hour weekly groups that the student and parent/guardian have to participate to complete Project FIND.
  • The last Project FIND session is an individual session with the student and parent/guardian for program evaluation and any recommendation for treatment services. It is during this session that the parent/guardian will receive the Report of Completion form letter that will also be faxed to the respective school. The parent/guardian will be given a copy for their records and a copy will be mailed to the student’s school.

Growing through adolescence brings with it the growing pains of transition and a youth’s discovery of their world, culture, and personal identity. Discovery of substance use is a dangerous line to walk, especially during an impressionable time of an adolescent’s life. The introduction to substance use in youth and young adults can quickly lead to addiction and dependence, and as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports, this group is perhaps the least likely to look for and get the help they need. The importance of early intervention and substance education among youth is critical to prevent brushes with usage at a young age from becoming crisis situations in adulthood.