UpShift is an evidence-based program designed to engage with students who are using substances to help them be healthy, get good grades, and prevent future substance use. With UpShift, we are working closely with our school partners to systematically change the way we approach disciplinary responses to adolescent substance use. Research has found that out-school-suspensions drive lower graduation rates and increase drop-out risk. UpShift allows students to receive supportive services with a trained professional to identify the root causes of their substance use, and identify strategies to reduce or quit their use.

The UpShift Program:

  • Includes 2-3 individual counseling sessions
  • Focuses mainly on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use
  • Involves parents/guardians in the process


UpShift Program Contact:

Heather Stuart, MHA, Certified Prevention Specialist

Community Health Strategist, Deschutes County Health Services, Prevention & Health Promotion Team

If you are concerned that a student might be using substances, would like to refer them to this program, or to be connected to other resources, please contact Heather Stuart (see contact information above).


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