ADCAS Services for Required Referrals

What is ADCAS?

  • Confidential service for Western students that provides assessment, individualized feedback, education, and consultation with a professional regarding alcohol and other drug use.
  • Evidence-based program that reduces underage and high-risk drinking by assisting students in making more responsible personal choices.
  • Part of the fulfillment of sanctions required by the University and/or the Bellingham Municipal Court for students who have violated alcohol and other drug policies and/or state laws.

How does the ADCAS process work?

Step 1 | First Contact

  • Call 360.650.3642 to schedule the Group I Session.
  • The Prevention/Intervention Fee will automatically be billed to your student account following your attendance at first session. Please note: Students pay the fee only when they receive required referrals (e.g. referrals from Resident Directors, the University Judicial Officer, or Bellingham Municipal Court).

Step 2 | Session 1

  • 50-minute session facilitated by trained Peer Health Educators.
  • Content: Confidentiality of ADCAS services, alcohol and the body, alcohol myths and misperceptions, alcohol content of a "standard drink," alcohol content of most popular drinks, and serving sizes.

Step 3 | Online Assessment

  • 20 to 30-minute online assessment.
  • Provides an individualized feeback profile.
  • Online instructions to schedule next step.

Step 4 | Session 2

  • 90-minute group session with Peer Health Educators and/or an individual session with professional staff depending on reason for referral.
  • Content: Behavioral effects of substance use, expectancies and reality, tolerance, drug and alcohol interactions, decision-making, risk-reduction stragegies, and the change process.

Step 5 | Follow-Up

  • Computerized follow-up questionnaire automatically sent 30 days after completion of ADCAS.


Please Note

  • To assist students in fulfilling their required sanctions, ADCAS staff will inform the referral source that the student either did or did not complete their ADCAS requirements.

Still have questions? Please look at our Frequently Asked Questions

Page Updated 01.22.2014