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District to partner with NW Family Services to provide drug/alcohol treatment services

February 12, 2020

Gresham-Barlow School District and Northwest Family Services partner to provide drug and alcohol treatment services to district’s high school students

Program to serve students struggling with drug and alcohol use

The Gresham-Barlow School District and Northwest Family Services are partnering to bring drug and alcohol treatment services to students who attend Sam Barlow or Gresham High School.

Northwest Family Services is a state-approved outpatient alcohol and drug treatment provider. The program will provide students with both treatment and recovery services as well as relapse prevention. The treatment program has the goal of keeping students engaged in school and healthy, preventing suspensions or expulsions, and preventing the onset of a substance use problem. The program is focused on skill development and designed to offer safety and support by providing structure, accountability, encouragement, honesty, and caring feedback. This approach is built on values such as motivation, respect, and resilience. Northwest Family Services will also provide assistance to families of students dealing with drug and alcohol use.

“It is critical that students who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction get the help they need,” said Student Support Services Program Director James Charles. “We believe providing access to these services will help students stay engaged in school and reduce the long-term costs to the community associated with addiction and drop-outs.”

Northwest Family Services has partnered with Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services to cover the costs of the program for students who are uninsured or underinsured. 

Students and families desiring to access the Northwest Family Services treatment program should contact their school counselor for more information or to request a referral. 

About Northwest Family Services

Northwest Family Services (NWFS) is a state-approved outpatient alcohol and drug treatment provider.  NWFS supports family stability, child well-being and victims of crime by focusing on the social detriments of health.