About the Program

The Restorative Substance Treatment Opportunity Program (RSTOP) program is a joint effort of the Loudoun County Public Schools, School Resource Officer program of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office, Leesburg Police Department, and the Juvenile Court Service Unit.

As a diversion program, RSTOP provides:

  • A comprehensive response to school related substance abuse policy offenders
  • A structured meeting between school personnel, school resource officers, probation officers, offenders and their parents
  • A program designed to focus additional attention to substance use offenses occurring in the school system via the Juvenile Intake Department
  • Offender accountability through a Court Diversion Agreement

Program Advantages

Advantages to the program include:

  • Offender accountability without formal criminal charges
  • Juvenile Court Service Unit-monitored agreement
  • Substance Abuse Screening (SASSI) for all offenders (assess for chemical dependency)
  • Random urine screens are a part of the agreement which provides accountability

Referral Process

  • School Resource Officer or school personnel refer the offender to Juvenile Court Service Unit for an intake screen. A petitioner is needed.
  • The case is evaluated by an Intake Officer for appropriateness of diversion.

Agreement Phase

  • The Diversion Officer schedules meeting with parties involved
  • A meeting held and if an agreement is reached, the diversion phase continues

Restorative Phase

  • Successful completion of agreement leads to a successful resolution of offense
  • Unsuccessful completion of agreement leads to a formal charge and adjudication

More Information

For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.