SAFE Program

  • SAFE

    Substance Abuse Family Education Program

    "A family learning alternative to suspension for possession of or use of illegal substances”

    Participants: Students identified for suspension due to alcohol or drug-related offenses, or by court mandate, or by other referral.  

    Note: Families must register for the group by calling the Department of Dropout Prevention and Alternative Programs at 751-6550 Ext. 43112. 

    Program Goals: The issue of drug use, abuse, or addiction continues to become one of the primary roadblocks to the successful completion of educational goals, as well as a priority measurement of acceptance into continuing education, and of access to the workplace. This program offers direct and most current information and results of field research regarding substances and their pharmacology, psychological impacts, and physiological effects. Family involvement and interpersonal communication skills are reinforced. Anger management and self-esteem awareness are integrated into problem-solving activities. Random confidential drug screening prepares students for marketplace reality and emphasizes the importance of making appropriate life choices with a clear mind. Parents can also gain knowledge and a level of comfort enabling them to greater discuss the drug culture with their son/daughter. Referrals for additional counseling services are also available. Community partners include Centerstone, First Step of Sarasota, Family Resource Center, Teen Court, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

    Program Costs: Costs for the 6-week program are $35, which includes the expense of random UA screening.

    SAFE Consent Form

    SAFE formulario de consentimiento

    No hay clase SEGURA hasta nuevo aviso. Llame o envíe un correo electrónico à Suzy Ardila con cualquier pregunta o inquietud.


    SAFE Meeting times and location

    Groups meet Tuesdays from 4:45-6:00 PM at the Manatee County Judicial Center

    1051 Manatee Avenue West in (downtown) Bradenton

    Jury Assembly Room – 2nd Floor


    Important dates

    · 9/10/19: Classes begin

    · 10/29/19: No class

    · 11/12/19: No class

    · 11/26/19: No class

    · 12/24/19: No class

    · 12/31/19: No class

    · 1/21/20: No class

    · 2/18/20: No class

    · 3/17/20: No class

    · 5/19/20: Last class

    For Questions or Further Information please contact Suzy Ardila: Coordinator of the ST.A.N.D. Prevention Program (Students Against Negative Decisions) at (941)751-6550 Ext. 43112