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Youth Drug Alcohol Prevention and Education Program (Y-DAP)

If you have been issued a citation for an alcohol possession/consumption offense, a possession of drug paraphernalia offense, or a misdemeanor drug related offense, and if you are a first time offender under the age of 21, you may be eligible to avoid the court process and the possible consequences of conviction by attending a specially designed education program.

This program DOES NOT apply to DUI, DWAI, or WEAPONS related alcohol or drug offenses.

Helpful information regarding using new online platform for YDAP classes and intakes:

  • All intake and classes will be held using a HIPAA compliant form of Zoom
  • Make sure to keep an eye on your email for confirmations and information regarding intakes and classes
  • All emails regarding intakes and classes will be coming from @dftc.biz email address

*Make sure to check spam folder!*

  • For classes, prepare to have 2-3 emails sent to you regarding class days/time, information and Zoom access
    • The information and reminder email will come the week prior to class
    • The Zoom information will come the day prior to class (on Fridays before Saturday's class)
  • If you need help with Zoom or have any questions, please contact Monica Collins at ydap@dftc.biz or (303)456-0600 x138 or the instructor of your class. Dionna Santoro can be reached at dionna.santoro@dftc.biz or (720)454-4077 and Patricia Green can be reached at patricia.green@dftc.biz or (303)456-0600 x119
  • For making a payment, please contact Monica Collins at (303)456-0600 x138 during her office hours, Mondays 1pm - 7pm or Saturdays 10am - 3pm or Cara Neary at (303)456-0600 x120 during her office hours, Tuesdays 10am - 5pm. You can make this payment over the phone or schedule a time to come in person.

How does the program work?

  • A total of 8-9 hours of prevention education services are required
  • If under 18, parents are required to participate throughout the program

When does the Y-DAP program meet?

Step #1 - Assessment
All participants must attend a 60 minute registration/assessment appointment before they can begin classes. Payment in full is required at this appointment.

Step #2 - Saturday Class

  • Groups will meet from 9am to 1pm for individuals aged 17 and younger
  • Groups will meet from 2pm to 6pm for individuals aged 18 and older

Step #3 - Wednesday (17 and younger ) or Thursday Class (18 and older)

  • Groups will meet from 6pm to 9pm
  • An additional session may be required for participants based on their assessment scores. Participants or their parent/guardian may request this additional session at no cost.

The Y-DAP program is overseen by the YAIP Board in Jefferson County.  This board holds quarterly meetings that are open to the public. The board meetings for 2020 are: January 16th, April 16th, July 16th and October 15th. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Y-DAP?

Jefferson County’s Youth Drug Alcohol Prevention and Education Program (Y-DAP) is a drug and alcohol prevention and education program for adolescents, young adults, and families. It also provides an opportunity to have your charges dismissed and no criminal/juvenile record showing a conviction for the offense.

Who is Required to Attend?

If you are 17 years old or younger, a parent or guardian must attend the entire 8-9 hour program with you. This is a family based program. Parents or guardians are required.

Where are the Y-DAP assessments and classes held?

The assessment and classes are done at DFTC’s Wheat Ridge location. They are located at 4891 Independence Street, Suite #165, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Click here for a map.

"The Y-DAP answers to the YAIP Board. The board meetings are open to the public and are located in the Jefferson County Courthouse each quarter. The board meeting dates for 2015 are set for January 8th, April 9th, July 9th, and October 8th."

What is the cost?

The cost of the program is $165.00 and is due in full at the time of the assessment. We accept cash and credit/debit cards. You are responsible to pay this cost as a condition of the program. Reduced rates are available for participants who are currently enrolled in the Jefferson County free meal program. Proof of participation is required.

How do I begin?

Just call the Y-DAP coordinator at (303)-456-0600 ext. 138. Please speak clearly and leave a detailed voicemail with your name, phone number, and date of birth. You can also register online by clicking here

  • In some cases, it is your responsibility to complete the program before your court date listed on the citation.
  • Typically, your intake assessment appointment will occur within two weeks of contacting the program coordinator.
  • You must register, pay, and complete an assessment before you can attend the 2 required classes.
When does the Y-DAP program meet?

Step #1 - Assessment

  • All participants must attend a 60 minute registration/assessment appointment before they can begin classes. Payment in full is required at this appointment.

Step #2 - Saturday Class

  • Groups will meet from 9am to 1pm for individuals aged 17 and younger.
  • Groups will meet from 2pm to 6pm for individuals aged 18 and older.

Step #3 - Wednesday (17 and younger) or Thursday Class (18 and older)

  • Groups will meet from 6pm to 9pm.
  • An additional session may be required for participants based on their assessment scores. Participants or their parent/guardian may request this additional session at no cost.

*sometimes classes are held on Tuesdays as well*

Do I have to participate?

Participation is completely voluntary. If you participate and it is your first charge, you may qualify to have your charges dropped and avoid having a criminal/juvenile record of this offense. (Program does not apply to DUI, DWAI, or weapons-related alcohol or drug offenses.) Upon satisfactory completion, you will be provided a certificate which you will then need to present in court.

*If you don’t participate, you will be subject to consequences deemed appropriate but the courts.

How does the program work?
  • A total of 8-9 hours of prevention education services are required.
  • If under 18, parents are required to participate throughout the program.
Who is eligible?
  • Any family who has a person under the age of 21 that may benefit from learning more about alcohol or marijuana and its effects.
  • If you are a first time offender, you are eligible for diversion, but a ticket is not required to participate in YDAP.

Register for YDAP Classes

State law prohibits Denver Family Therapy Center from collecting data from our website from individuals under age of 14. Please contact the YDAP Program Coordinator directly at 303-456-0600 ext. 138 to register for classes.


By checking this box I understand that I must be at least 14 years of age or older and that a parent or guardian will be need to be in attendance for the entire program. The purpose for involving parents in YDAP program is to ensure any issue related to the adolescent substance use or possession is adequately addressed in a collaborative process to identifying opportunities to change the course of substance use or possession.