KSU Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Education and Assistance Programs

Several campus offices provide assistance and/or act as a referring agency for the University and to provide AOD education and assistance to students and employees. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Education and Prevention Coalition

This University Coalition is comprised of students, alumni, faculty and staff representing diverse constituencies from across the university, and external members of the community. The Coalition provides many ATOD services, including assistance in the writing of ATOD campus policies, conducting research and grant writing, assessing environmental issues, and establishing ATOD educational programs. The Coalition also coordinates, plans, assesses and educates the internal and external communities about ATOD-related issues.

Contact Information:
ATOD Education and Prevention Coalitions
Phone: 470-578-2538
Email: recovery@kennesaw.edu
Website: Alcohol and Other Drug Education

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

CPS has professional counselors available to work with students who have mental health problems and issues associated with alcohol and/or drug misuse. CPS has counselors who are designated as Substance Use Specialists and have been certified in Prime for Life.

Contact Information:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Phone: (470) 578-6600
Email: jgunn@kennesaw.edu
Website: Counseling and Psychological Services

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Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)

The CYAAR has licensed professional counselors who specialize in addiction education, prevention, counseling and recovery. The CYAAR provides a centralized office for ATOD education and addiction prevention programs through outreach to high risk populations, invitation by faculty and staff, as well as through individual counseling. The counselors specializing in substance use and addiction teach alcohol and other drug classes for students found responsible for alcohol and/or other drug related code of conduct violations as mandated by the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. CPS and the CYARR also perform in- house evaluations for alcohol and drug use. The CYAAR maintains a list of referral agencies for off-campus assistance when such assistance is more appropriate. CPS and CYAAR services are available to all enrolled students.

The CYAAR is home to multiple on-campus 12 step meetings per week, weekly Al- Anon meetings, and a Celebration Recovery meeting where students in recovery share their story with others. The CYAAR has developed an education workshop, Trends in Addiction, Abuse, Use and Treatment, which has been presented in multiple major settings and has trained peer educators to present about ATOD issues to a variety of classes. The CYAAR educates and trains ATOD peer educators who in turn present to the general campus population upon request.

Contact Information:
Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR)
Phone:  (470) 578-2538
Email:  recovery@kennesaw.edu
Website: Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery

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Human Resources and Administrative Services (HR)

HR coordinates all employee-related action related to AOD violations. The Drug-Free Workplace coordinator is the assistant vice president of Human Resources. For more information on the Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) relating to drug and alcohol see the link provided above in Section 8. Procedures Associated with this Policy.

Contact Information:
Website: Human Resources and Administrative Services

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Center for Health Promotion and Wellness

The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness improves the health and well-being of students and employees through awareness and education. The Center encourages students and employees to assume more responsibility for their health and well- being. The Center’s primary goal is to enhance and provide a balance in the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual development of the whole person. They also strive to provide an environment that is supportive of positive health practices. Programming focuses on helping students and employees reduce lifestyle risk factors. The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness participates each year in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week in October, sponsoring many interactive programs designed to educate students, faculty, and staff to issues associated with alcohol use and misuse. The Center also received Young Adult Program grants from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety since 2008. This grant is used to promote education and awareness to young adults about safety issues, such as but not limited to, underage drinking, impaired driving, destructive decisions, and other high risk behaviors in order to decrease crashes, injuries, and fatalities in young adult drivers and passengers.

Contact Information:
Center for Health Promotion and Wellness
Phone:  (470) 578-6394
Email: wellctr@kennesaw.edu
Website: Center for Health Promotion and Wellness

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Student Health Services (WellStar)

Student Health Services has multiple locations to serve student health needs. Psychiatric and social services are also available. Alcohol and/or drug use is inquired about individually during most patient visits. Individual counseling regarding use of alcohol and drugs is done in both a preventive visit setting as well as acute visit felt to be alcohol/drug related. Referrals are made to the psychiatry staff if medication management is needed. Student Health Services also refers and works closely with CPS, CYAAR, and the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness.

Contact Information: 
Student Health Services (WellStar)
Phone: (470) 578-6644
Website: Student Health Services

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Housing & Residence Life

Residence Life has multiple locations across the various residential communities. It provides ATOD education to residential students on a continuing basis throughout the year through programs presented in both small and large group settings. Residence Life staff also actively monitor the KSU residential communities.

Contact Information:
Housing & Residence Life
Phone (470) 578-4388
Email: reslife@kennesaw.edu
Website: Housing & Residence Life