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
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
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.
The Diversion Officer schedules meeting with parties involved
A meeting held and if an agreement is reached, the diversion phase continues
Successful completion of agreement leads to a successful resolution of offense
Unsuccessful completion of agreement leads to a formal charge and adjudication
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.