What happens at an Early Intervention?

  • Students are referred to the program by educators, parents, or doctors
  • Referred families should contact the program for an appointment (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required, evening appointments are available by request)
  • Student/parent(s)/counselor discuss the sequence of events that led to the referral and answer questions regarding the student's use of drugs/alcohol. Student and parent(s) have private sessions with the counselor and with young people in recovery. Everyone comes back together for wrap up/possible referral/plan for the future
  • Session lasts between 1-1.5 hours
  • Sessions employ brief change focused cognitive behavioral strategies and serve as informal substance use assessments.
  • Family leaves with a behavioral plan to encourage the most change possible for the child.
  • Components of Teen Intervene, an evidence based program, are utilized throughout the session.
  • CRAFFT, an assessment tool specific to adolescents is used.

What is expected of me if I attend an Early Intervention?

  • Have a positive attitude and an open mind
  • Be honest and upfront with the counselor and the clients
  • Follow through with any recommendations that are made by the counselor
  • Complete a follow up evaluation via phone 2 months after you attend the program


For more information, or to make an appointment please contact:
Ashley Gedra (716) 827-9462 AGedra@ked.org & Brittany Smorol (716) 827-9462 BSmorol@ked.org