Adolescent Intervention Program

Our adolescent program provides a brief educational intervention for those 14 – 20 years old using strength-based, motivational interviewing techniques and telephone follow ups for continued client support.

Program Overview

This educational intervention for those 14 through 20 years of age is intended for those who have experimented with or are at risk of negative consequences because of substance possession or use. A highly trained interviewer meets one-on-one with individuals, typically in two brief sessions, scheduled one week apart. This confidential, positive alternative utilizes a strength-based format to support individual’s exploration of their risky behaviors so they can avoid future negative consequences. The major program objective is to allow each individual an opportunity to compare the things most important to them with the choices they are making. This solution-oriented intervention specifically uses the techniques found in motivational interviewing.

Appointments are implemented at our agency office, 1625 Hertel Ave. or in the community (libraries, coffee shops, community centers, churches) if travel to the agency site causes a hardship.

What the Program Looks Like

Our adolescent interventions are solution-oriented, fitting the needs and situations of each individual, and utilize a one-on-one format that typically includes two brief sessions. Appointments are scheduled to best fit with each individual’s schedule, so as not to interfere with school, extra-curricular activities, or work, whenever possible. Meeting locations are flexible, across all of Erie County, and help to support attendance. Three-month and six month telephone follow ups allow for continued client support. This research-based program is confidential and provides recommendations for further assessment when necessary.

Who to Refer?

The Focus on Consequences for Adolescents Program is available for adolescents/young adults ages 14-20 years old who:

• Show high-risk behaviors linked to substance abuse
• May benefit from education about alcohol and other drugs
• May benefit from exploring personal risks and responsibilities
• Qualify for an alternative to detention, suspension or expulsion

    Guided Discussions

    Interviewer guided discussions will provide participants with accurate information about:

    • The effects of alcohol and drug use
    • Societal norms about use
    • Potential consequences related to continued substance use
    • Coping skills, processes to achieve goals
    • Obtaining continued support such as resources for mental health or substance abuse assessments

    To Register for Focus on Consequences for Adolesents Click below.


    WHo Makes Referrals?

     Referrals to the Focus on Consequences Program come from the juvenile justice system, attorneys and judges; coaches; counselors/social workers; EAPs; health professionals/physicians;and parents/guardians. Individuals who are 14 years of age or older may also self-refer.

    How to Refer

    To schedule an appointment and/or to receive more information and referral forms, please contact our Program Director Jan Burns at:

    Phone: 716.831.2298 ext. 206


    You may also email our business manager, Darlene Zwifka:



    “Helped better with focusing and what I care about most!”

    – Former Client 

    “It made me understand that the way we live is the way we choose.”

    – Former Client

    “I have found this program to be a very valuable resource to many of the youth I work with through the JDST program. Often the youth I work with are resistant to substance abuse treatment and/or mental health treatment and after FOCA (the Focus on Consequences for Adolescents appropriate.”

    – KP, Juvenile Justice Counselor

    “My son has made several positive changes in his life (taking school seriously, getting a part time job) since meeting with your staff. I just want to say Thank you!”

    – LM, parent of a FOCA client