The Substance Use Assessment Counseling and Intervention Program

The Substance Use Assessment Counseling and Intervention Program is a clinical program that is provided at The University of Cincinnati – Student Wellness Center (SWC) and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). This program is designed to help students explore their alcohol and drug behaviors, assess for risk factors that can lead to problems, and improve decision-making skills to reduce harmful behaviors.

Who Qualifies?

Students referred through the University of Cincinnati Student Conduct Office as well as self-referred students seeking assistance on their behalf. This program does not fulfill a court diversion program or meet conditions of probation.

Track One

Track one is called the Alcohol Skills Building and Education Program (ASEP) offered through the Student Wellness Center. This is a 1.5 hour educational program intended to learn information and gain skills aimed to change drinking and drug behavior and associated lifestyle habits. This one-time workshop does not involve a formal alcohol and other drug assessment or individual or group counseling sessions. The cost for ASEP is $50.00 per session.

Students who are referred to the Alcohol Skills Building and Education Program typically meet the following conditions:

  • No more than one alcohol or drug violation.
  • Minor alcohol or drug violations.
  • Could benefit from education to prevent further alcohol or drug problems or violations.

The Alcohol Skills and Training Program does not include or provide:

  • A comprehensive alcohol and other drug assessment.
  • A court diversion program or meet conditions of probation.

Track Two

Track two is called Prime for Life offered through Student Wellness Center. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug related problems throughout their lives. Track two is designed for students mandated through U.C. and who have been determined to need a more comprehensive approach due to high-risk alcohol and other drug use. Track two includes a minimum 4 hour curriculum. Track two does not fulfill a court diversion program or meet conditions of probation. The cost for this track is $75.00.

Student who are referred to track two typically meet the following conditions:

  • Have two or more alcohol or drug violations.
  • The student has a pattern of academic problems related to alcohol or drug use including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. 
  • Require more than education to help prevent further problems.

Track Three

Track three is provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). It is a comprehensive alcohol and drug assessment and referral track and is designed for students who have severe alcohol or other drug problems and need a more intensive approach that may be beyond the scope of service at CAPS. Referrals are made to an alcohol and drug program in the community for more intensive treatment. The track three program will provide case management services to ensure students are connected with a treatment program and other needed resources. Cost for Track Three is $75.00.

Student who are referred to track three typically meet the following conditions:

  • Three or more alcohol or other drug violations.
  • Have not been able to change drinking or drug behaviors through CAPS.
  • Have withdrawal symptoms or other life threatening health problems associated with alcohol or other drug problems.
  • There are major consequences related to alcohol and/or drug use, such as violent outbursts and physical assaults, disorderly conduct, OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired), or other major legal consequences.