Positive Alternatives for Children in Trouble (PACT)
Project PACT operates from the premise that people can learn to make responsible decisions. Participants have the learning opportunity to take responsibility for their behavior and the choices they make. People purposely do not make the choice to put at risk the most important things in their lives. Many of us put important things at risk without realizing it.
What is Project PACT?
Project PACT is an alcohol and other drug use educational and prevention program that is required for a student's first time possession or use of alcohol and/or other drugs in school or school property. PACT offers the student and his/her parent(s) an alternative to long-term suspension for the offense.
During the hearing for the infraction, the Principal reviews the requirements of Project PACT with the student and his/her parent/guardian. If PACT is selected as an alternative to long-term suspension, the student and parent/guardian signs a contract agreeing to attend all sessions. Sessions are held on Monday evenings from
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. for four consecutive weeks. Both the student and a parent/guardian must attend all sessions together.
Students who have previously attended PACT are not eligible for re-admission for a period of three years. Students who have been suspended for dispensing drugs on school property are not eligible for PACT.
Project PACT Referral Process:
- Ask student if they have been referred to Project PACT in the last three years. If the answer is "yes", the student is not eligible for the program and a long-term suspension must be implemented.
- Review the contract and program expectations (within contract) with the parent and student. Secure all the appropriate signatures.
- To refer students in the program or for questions, please contact Rosie Rodriguez in Student Services, 279-2247. It is important to notify start date of students. This assists with planning the number of facilitators needed, and reporting attendance back to schools. Please provide student name, grade level, and student identification number. If a parent and/or participant are handicapped, please provide notification at time of referral so appropriate arrangements can be made. Registration of each student assists with the coordination of space, materials, and facilitators needed.
- Sessions are conducted in Spanish and English.
- Send or fax the original copy of the contract to Student Services. The fax number is 279-2353. Provide a copy of the contract to the parent/guardian and a copy for the school file.
Sessions held at: Coronado Middle School, 1735 N 64 th Terr, 66102
Security Check-In: Parents and students will check-in with security and room assignments will be made.
Time: Monday Evenings
6:00 - 8:30 PM
5 consecutive weeks Participants reporting after 6:15 p.m. will not be allowed into the session and will need to reschedule. The parent/guardian must attend all sessions with the student
Completion: A notification of confirmation of completion of the program is sent to the referring principal."
About the PRIME FOR LIFE Curriculum
The goal of the program is to:
- To help each participant in the program reduce risk for any type of alcohol and drug problem.
- To focus on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need to make change to protect the things most valuable in their lives.
PRIME FOR LIFE believes that people have good reason for their beliefs and behaviors. They also believe that with new information, time to process it, and support for change, most people are willing to explore new beliefs and change behaviors — if the information is valid, that support is genuine, and the benefits are clear.
PRIME FOR LIFE is an educational program designed to influence behaviors using a research-based persuasion protocol. Prime for Life is based on the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model which was articulated in 1983 by Prevention Research Institute, a non-profit organization based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Key points of the Preventing Unit:
- Anyone who makes high-risk alcohol and drug choices can develop alcoholism, addiction or other lifestyle-related problems.
- Anyone who makes high-risk alcohol or drug choices can have an impairment problem.
- Anyone who consistently makes low-risk choices can prevent those problems.
- Participants learn what low risk is for themselves.
Key points of the Reflecting Unit:
- To allow participants to learn how their past and current choices have and are affecting them and people around them.
- To help participants self-assess their own level of progression toward alcoholism/addiction.
- To enable participants to recognize and see through multiple elements that may blind them to their own level of progression.
- To help participants begin gaining skills in overcoming their own defenses.
Key points of the Protecting Unit:
- To allow participants, in light of their values, to explore where they want to go in the future.
- To help participants map social and psychological assets to achieving their goals.
- To have participants develop a plan to utilize their assets to overcome barriers and succeed at making low-risk choices in the future.
(Information from Prevention Research Institute Instructors Training Handbook, Resource Disc and Participant Workbook)
PACT Contract .pdf