Brookline Substance Abuse Prevention Program

The Brookline Substance Abuse Prevention Program (BSAPP), located at Brookline High School, provides free and confidential information, counseling, and support to students and their families for any alcohol or drug related questions or problems.

Mary Minott

Mary Minott, LICSW
BSAPP Coordinator

We have an open door policy for students seeking information about alcohol and other drugs. We are available to support students concerned about their own use or who want to help a friend. Parents can call or make an appointment to discuss any concerns they have about a child’s possible substance use (including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter drugs). Program Social Workers Mary Minott, Kendell Jones, and Hope Schroy provide confidential information and guidance on proactive discussions at home, early experimentation, concerns about more serious use, and how and where to seek help.

Information and referral
Program staff provide students, parents and school staff with
information on tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, prescription and
other drug use. Counselors can help access community resources,
such as outpatient, residential and self-help groups.


Hope Schroy, LICSW
Parent Resource Advocate

Counseling services
All counseling sessions are confidential and free. We support students in setting and meeting their own goals. Consultation and counseling is available for all students and their family members to address tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, prescription and other drug use and associated risk behaviors.

Parent Resource Advocate
Funded by the Brookline Community Fund,  the Family Resource Advocate, Hope Schroy,  helps families access appropriate mental health and substance abuse services for youth.  With over 30 years in the field, Hope supports parents and guardians, working together to navigate the complex network of treatment providers and programs. 

Youth Diversion Program
Brookline Police and court officers refer students for alcohol, marijuana and other drug related offenses. In addition, students may be referred for violations of school chemical health policies. Referred youth receive a substance abuse assessment and alcohol/drug education.

All services are located at Brookline High School.
To access any of our services call Mary Minott at 617-713-5155.





Domestic Violence Advocate / Violence Prevention Specialist Doreen Gallagher works with victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault.  She provides support, legal options, safety planning and court assistance around restraining orders, and also guidance and support to parents. Ms. Gallagher coordinates AWARE prevention workshops for 7th–9th graders in collaboration with  the Brookline Police, Public Schools of Brookline Health Education and BHS peer leaders. If parents suspect a child is in an abusive relationship, it’s crucial to address the situation early. Please do not hesitate to call Doreen at  617-730-2713.