Project SUCCESS is a research-based program that is based on over 25 years of research and practice by the program developer Ellen Morehouse LCSW, CASAC, CPP. Ms. Morehouse is the Executive Director of Student Assistance Services Corp, a not-for-profit agency specializing in substance abuse prevention located in Westchester County, New York. Ms Morehouse, an innovator in the substance abuse prevention field is credited with adapting the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) model to secondary schools and residential facilities. EAPs have been used successfully by industry to assist employees whose work performance has been negatively affected by alcohol, other drugs, or personal and family problems. Since 1979, Ms. Morehouse has been implementing this approach in schools throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York with enormous success. Project SUCCESS is modeled after the successful Westchester Student Assistance Program.

How does Project SUCCESS work?
Project SUCCESS works by placing a highly trained, masters level professional in the school to provide a full range of substance abuse prevention and early intervention services. Project SUCCESS counselors use the following intervention strategies: information dissemination, normative and prevention education, problem identification and referral, community-based processes, environmental approaches, resistance and social competency skills such as communication, decision-making, stress and anger management, problem solving, and resisting peer pressure. Topics such as:

1.Being an adolescent

2. Tobacco alcohol and other drugs

3. Skills for coping

4. Family pressures and problems

Project success is implemented in the 9th grade for 1 quarter in conjunction with Pelham101

Has Project SUCCESS received any national awards?
Yes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has designated Project SUCCESS a Model Program. In addition, Project SUCCESS received the 2003 Prevention and Education Meritorious Award from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) for demonstrating effectiveness in alcohol and other drug prevention and education.

How effective is the Project SUCCESS program?
In the original evaluation of Project SUCCESS, participating adolescents showed a significant 37% overall decrease in substance use as compared to adolescents in the comparison group who did not participate in Project SUCCESS. Of the adolescents using substances, 23% of those in the Project SUCCESS program quit using whereas as only 5% in the comparison condition quit. For those adolescents who did not quit using substances there was still a significant reduction in mean substance use ranging between 17% and 26.6% among Project SUCCESS participants. Additionally, Project SUCCESS participants showed decreased drug problem behaviors, and had fewer friends who used alcohol and other drugs than those participants in the comparison groups.

Have there been any independent evaluations of the Project SUCCESS program?
Yes. Approximately 20 school sites across the country are implementing and currently evaluating Project SUCCESS.

Is there an outcome instrument for Project SUCCESS?
There is not one specific outcome instrument recommended for evaluating Project SUCCESS. Rather, a number of established, reliable and valid survey instruments may be utilized such as the American Drug and Alcohol Survey, American Drug and Alcohol Survey Core Measures Short From Survey, Communities that Care Survey, Monitoring the Future, as well as many of the statewide substance use surveys already in place. The only requirement is that the survey contains items that measure alcohol and other drug usage, as well as the Project SUCCESS targeted risk and protective factors. This includes perception of harm, peer disapproval and usage, parental disapproval, participation in peer/school non-drug activities and problem behaviors associated with substance use.