Drug, Alcohol & Mental Health

Create a district committee to conduct a comprehensive study of drug and alcohol policies/prevention and mental health challenges (awareness, training and treatment)


The Student Assistance Program was enacted by Meghan Bargar and Rebecca Holst in July 2016. Request for volunteers was made to certified General Education Teachers, School Psychologists, Counselors, and Deans.

District 117 partnered with Community Youth Network to provide biweekly prevention curriculum to students that earned a reduction to suspension.

On September 18th, Rebecca Holst and Meghan Bargar met with Andy Duran, Executive Director from LEAD to discuss Text-A-Tip, an anonymous hotline, and programs that LEAD could offer District 117.

The first official District 117 SAP training meeting was held on September 19th. The focus of the meeting was to identify the purpose and roles of the committee and go through stage one of the training.

The second official SAP training meeting was held on October 20th. The focus of the meeting was to identify our goals and come up with a mission statement.

The third official SAP training meeting was held on November 18th. The focus of the meeting was to identify a student in crisis and come up with an action plan.

Andy Duran, Executive Director from LEAD, presented on 'From Use to Abuse' at LCHS (11/30) and ACHS (12/6) to educate parents on local and national drug trends, strategies to engage in conversations with our youth on drug use, and to discuss prevention strategies. Along with the presentation, there was also an exhibit giving parents the opportunity to walk thru a room in which drugs were hidden.

Ericka's Lighthouse presented to all staff on March 3rd on the topic of mental health for adolescence.

The final official SAP session with Prevention first was held on April 13th. The focus of the meeting was to review action plan for implementation.

Ericka's Lighthouse presented to the District 117 community in the evening on March 14th. The presentation was geared towards parents and their communication with their children. Ericka's Lighthouse also provided parents with numerous online resources.

District 117 renewed their partnership with Community Youth Network for the 2017-18 school year. A representative from CYN will be at each building weekly to help provide services to students as a reduction to suspension, and also other needs as determined by the Student Services Team.

Members of the District Student Services departments are working over the summer to finalize curriculum for all students pertaining to mental-health and sexual violence.

Partnership with Interquest Detection Canines of Chicagoland. The Interquest Program uses a trained school safety dog to conduct random unannounced inspections of our campus as well as provide awareness around the dangers and consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Interquest visited LCHS twice during the 2017-2018 school year on 9/7/2017 and 1/11/2018.

Red Ribbon Week 2017 (10/23/2017-10/27/2017). This week included various activities for students as well as spirit dress up days. Some of the activities of this week included, signing pledges to promise to promote healthy lives by staying drug and alcohol free, viewings of clips “what would you do?” along with a discussion with SAP coordinator, SAP Wheel of Trivia in cafeteria and a presentation to all sophomores led by Andy Duran, the executive Director of LEAD (Leading Efforts against drugs).

Parent Presentation by Andy Duran from LEAD on current drug trends on 2/20/2018 at Lakes and 3/13/18 at Antioch.

Illinois Youth Survey administered to all sophomores and seniors in February 2018

Continued partnership with CYN (Community Youth Network) offering groups to help support students that struggle with substance use and making good decisions. CYN also offered individual support sessions.