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Prime for Life/SIRP

The PRIME for Life program (which includes SIRP, the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program) is managed by staff of the Southern Kennebec Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) and Healthy Communities of the Capital Area.

SIRP and Prime for Life are the same program tailored to different age groups; SIRP is generally offered to youth still in middle or high school and PRIME is offered to youth between the ages of 18 and 20. PRIME for Life and SIRP are evidence-based programs that have proven to increase low-risk behaviour in youth and young adults regarding substance use by helping them weigh—for themselves—the advantages and disadvantages of continuing to use. Most importantly, it helps participants plan for and commit to changes in their behavior. PRIME for Life and SIRP classes are conversation-based rather than a lecture. The program is offered to small groups of 2-12 people and, as needed, on a tutorial basis to individual participants. Each class is taught by a nationally certified PRIME for Life instructor.

PRIME for Life

Download a PRIME brochure here. PRIME for Life is a 12-hour educational program for people aged 18 to 20 who have made high-risk choices related to alcohol and/or other drugs. The PRIME for Life program is offered as an alternative or reduction to a court-ordered fine. There is a fee for this class.

To register for a class:

Register on-line here or download and complete a registration form and return by email, fax, or mail to:

Who is eligible?

  • First-time offenders (age 18-20) charged with underage drinking and/or related violations and referred by Kennebec County District Attorney's office.
  • Individuals referred by an educational institution for substance use concerns.

*NOTE: this is not a Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP) class for an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) violation.

Location/Schedule

The program is offered once a month, in Augusta or Waterville, based on registrations. Classes are completed over a two-day period: 8:00 to 3:00 PM on day one and 8:00 to 1:00 PM on day two. The actual location of the class will be sent by the Thursday prior to the class to the e-mail address on the registration. If no e-mail is listed on the registration, a call will be made to the telephone number on the registration. The location of the class is not given here, or on the registration letter received, because the class is pre-registration only. We do not take walk-ins.

Upcoming Class Dates for age 18-20:

June 24-25, 2017 - Waterville
July 29-30, 2017 - Augusta
August 19-20, 2017 - Waterville
September 23-24, 2017 - Augusta
October 21-22, 2017 - Waterville
November 18-20, 2017 - Augusta
December 16-17, 2017 - Waterville

Upcoming Class Dates for age 13-17:

Scheduled as needed - 6 class minimum

Expectations

The program is provided as an alternative or reduction to a court-ordered fine. To ensure waiver of a fine, individuals must:

  • Attend all 12 hours of the PRIME for Life class for which you register.
  • Complete the paperwork required by the program,
  • Behave appropriately while participating in the program, and
  • Pay the registration fee.

*Please note that if a portion of the class is missed, you will need to reregister for another class, including paying another registration fee.

Fee for this program:

$100 per person, payable by credit card through our on-line registration system or by cash or check on the first day of class at check-in first day. Payment on site is by check made payable to HCCA or cash (exact change, please).

SIRP

Download a SIRP brochure here. The Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) is a 12-hour educational program for middle and high school youth who have made high-risk substance use choices related to alcohol and/or other drugs. There is no fee for SIRP classes.

Who is eligible?

  • Youth ages 13-18 interested in the material
  • Youth referred by adults concerned for the youth’s high-risk behavior regarding alcohol and other substances
  • Youth referred by an educational institution for substance use concerns

Location/schedule

The program is offered on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Referrals come from a variety of sources: parents, schools, Juvenile Community Corrections Officers (JCCO), police and individuals. Contact Karen Tucker, Program Registrar (information below) with questions or referrals.

Expectations

The SIRP program is offered as a resource to schools for youth and families who would benefit from the information it contains. Upon program completion, participants will have:

  • Attended all 12 hours of the PRIME for Life class while behaving appropriately
  • Parent meeting attended by at least one parent or guardian
  • Completed the paperwork required by the program

Fee for this program:

There is no fee for the SIRP program.

To register for a class:

Complete a registration form and return by email, fax, or mail to Karen Tucker, Program Registrar, using the contact information below.

Karen Tucker, Program Registrar

Mail: ASAP/HCCA
36 Brunswick Avenue,
Gardiner, ME. 04345

Email: k.tucker@hccame.org
Tel: 207-588-5012
Fax: 207-582-5792