Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf
Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD) provides alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) information/referral, prevention/education, intervention, cross-disability professional consultation and training and support to treatment services. The target population served includes the deaf and hard-of-hearing student population at RIT/NTID and the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Monroe County and its 15 surrounding counties in upstate New York.
SAISD interfaces with almost all NTID departments, most notably the Student Life Team, First Year Experiences, Judicial Affairs and Career Counseling. Additional collaboration happens with RIT’s Division of Student Affairs, including Center for Campus Life, Center for Campus Ministries, Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, Center for Physical Education and Recreation, Center for Residence Life and the Student Health Center. In addition, SAISD interfaces with RIT College of Liberal Arts and with RIT Campus Safety.
SAISD provides short-term needs assessment to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and to the students at RIT/NTID, coordinates referrals to appropriate services and presents workshops and training to the professional community related to substance abuse and deafness. Some of the college activities include working with the Summer Vestibule Program and Freshman Seminar classes as well as dormitory programs by conducting presentations on the dangers of experimenting with mind-altering substances. SAISD counselors have implemented BASICS, an evidence-based practice for those students who have received a judicial sanction related to alcohol or other drugs. Educating our student population by providing drug and alcohol information and intervention when indicated proves to be an effective substance abuse prevention strategy. We provide information on deafness and substance abuse to agencies, nationwide. Our website provides these agencies with useful tips and information related to counseling the deaf and hard of hearing.