What is Intervention?

Intervention encompasses the initial steps for drug and alcohol services. The goal is to assist the individual to recognize, to identify and to engage the problems related to substance abuse. Intervention services identify the fact that support is needed not only for the individual but also for their family environments.


The following are the Intervention Services offered in Lehigh County:

Allentown Health Bureau - provides confidential counseling and testing for HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis testing, Hepatitis B and C screening, Hepatitis B immunization and a wide range of STD and HIV/AIDS prevention education services to Lehigh County drug and alcohol treatment providers' staff and clients.

245 North Sixth Street
Allentown, PA 18102
Phone: (610) 437-7742
Fax: (610) 437-8799
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)


Lehigh County Community Correctional Center – a collaborative effort between Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol, Lehigh County Prison, Lehigh County Probation / Parole, White Deer Run and Northeast Treatment Center. The Program will provide an array of services designed to prepare offenders to successfully transition back into the community from prison and will also serve as an alternative to incarceration for violating conditions of parole. Lehigh Valley Drug & Alcohol Intake Unit facilities the Program which meets daily (Monday – Friday) and will take an average of eight (8) weeks to complete. Topics discussed include: Substance Abuse / Dependence, Criminal Thinking / Behavior, Internal Responsivity Factors, Risk Management and Parenting and Family Caring. After successful completion of the Program, the inmate may be eligible for Out-patient (OP) or Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) services through Riverside Care, Inc.

CHOICES - a school based, group intervention program that is targeted at selected school districts and focuses on identified middle and high school students.  School administrators have acknowledged a need for a program that will not only identify and support students who are at high risk for substance use but will also focus on grades, attendance, disciplinary referrals, peer conflict and life skills.   In addition, the implementation of the program is flexible enough to meet the school’s scheduling needs as related to class length.  Finally, school administrators believe that a core curriculum is needed and they want the option to add modules to address specific, identified areas of concern.

After the 1st year of implementation, the data collected overwhelmingly showed that on average, student’s grades increased, disciplinary referrals decreased and school attendance improved.  Many schools also experienced a “culture” shift as it related to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process, educator support and administrative “buy-in”.  The same results held true in each subsequent implementation year as the program expanded to into different schools.

As a result, the PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs recommended CHOICES as a promising practice to SAMHSA to be considered for a Service-to-Science study that will elevate CHOICES to an evidence based program and be able to be marketed nationwide.  CHOICES was 1 of only 26 programs across the Country that was accepted for the study!

For more information, contact:

Lehigh County Government Center

17 South 7th Street

Allentown, PA 18101

Phone: (610) 782-3556

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)