Clinical Services

Getting help doesn’t have to be scary, we encourage anyone experiencing stress, violence, depression, substance abuse to seek help immediately. Our programs have trained professionals to help individual and family issues, as well as assist in healing, recovery and stabilization.

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

The Family Advocacy Program provides prevention, education, assessments and treatment on many topics. Our mission is to support Marine Corps readiness through prevention and early intervention. The program addresses family violence issues through a Coordinated Community Response to promote safe family relationships and the emotional health of Marines and their families. We all want to be as healthy emotionally as we are physically. We can all use a bit of help from time to time. FAP is here to provide that help. Research shows that the earlier help occurs the sooner families can make positive changes. Research also proves that without assistance, abuse problems persist and become more unbearable over time. Our prevention and education topics include: Combat Stress, Stress and Anger Management, Family Violence and Personal Relationships.

Victim Advocacy Program (VA)


The Victim Advocacy Program provides support services to victims of abuse. If you have been the victim of domestic abuse or sexual assault, you are not alone. Our Victim Advocates are here for you when you need them. Victim Advocates will assist in developing a personalized safety plan and help you make the choice that is right for you. We advocate for your right and wishes as well as provide emotional support and crisis intervention. We can work as a liaison with commands and provide court and medical accompaniment. We can also offer military and community referrals and assist you with accessing these resources.

It is important to know there have been some changes to reporting policies that, under certain circumstances, may allow adult victims to receive services and assistance WITHOUT command or law enforcement notification.

Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC)


The Substance Abuse Counseling Center provides both out-patient and intensive out-patient treatment. Treatment includes, case management (to include referrals to inpatient care if needed), counseling, treatment planning and aftercare/continuing care recommendations. Treatment is abstinence based, uses an individualized continuum of care approach and is coupled with emphasis on personal responsibility and 12-Step self-help programs. Treatment is primarily offered to active duty personnel. All treatment services are based on the individuals’ needs and have a variable length of stay, based on these needs.

Also provided are similar services to retired military, dependents of military personnel (18 years and older), on a space available basis. Treatment is usually arranged by the individual’s primary health care provider.

Screening/Assessment – The Substance Abuse Counseling Center primarily provides active duty military personnel with alcohol or drug screening assessments and subsequent referrals. Screenings are scheduled through the active duty members command Substance Abuse Control Officer/ Drug Alcohol Program Advisor (SACO/DAPA). Military dependents (18 years and older) are welcomed and screenings will be held depending on eligibility.

Dependents (18 years or older) and retirees can be screened for alcohol/drug abuse or dependents on a space available basis. Requests to this center for screenings are normally made through the requester’s primary health care provider.

Out-Patient (OP) treatment is aimed at patients who have a substance use disorder, (pattern of misuse of alcohol) and meet the placement criteria for such treatment. The goal of OP treatment is to reduce problematic use of alcohol through an education and counseling approach that focuses on increasing the member’s awareness of his/her relationship with alcohol, motivating positive attitudes and behavioral changes in that relationship, increasing the patient’s ability to make responsible decisions about the use of alcohol in their life, assisting in the development of plans to avoid further alcohol incidents and referring to other resources for assistance when indicated. OP requirements are not to exceed nine contact hours per week.

Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) treatment is designed for patients who have a substance use disorder, which requires a more intensive treatment program while still meeting the placement criteria for such treatment. The goal of IOP treatment is to assist the patient’s acceptance and adjustment to having a substance use disorder. Introducing life skills surrounding choices and responsibility while keeping in mind the treatment goal of each patient using a bio-psycho-social model delivered in an outpatient setting. IOP requirements call for more than nine hours, but not greater than 20 contact hours per week.

For additional information please contact us at commercial (252) 466-7568 or DSN 582-7568.

Drug Demand Reduction (DDR)

The Drug Demand Reduction Program primary responsibility is to support the Marine Corps illegal drug use prevention activities. The Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator and Specialist are responsible and available for the ongoing assessments of tenant commands illegal drug use prevention needs.Per MCO 5300.17, “The use, distribution and possession of illegal drugs are contrary to the effective performance of Marines and to the Marine Corps mission and will not be tolerated”. Every attempt will be made to prevent drug abuse through proactive measures. The most effective and long term program is one that promotes an attitude of overall responsibility on the part of the individual. This effort with the assistance of the Drug Demand Reduction Team requires total leadership of all Officers, Staff Non-commissioned Officers and Non-commissioned Officers.

In addition, the Drug Demand Reduction Team is available to support our local community in the battle against illicit drug use.

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist (AAPS)

The Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist primarily seeks to support MCAS Cherry Point efforts in preventing alcohol related problems and issues that affect Marines and their families. AAPS works off a model that promotes prevention and proactive efforts as a way to teach responsible alcohol use and avoid the problems that occur from alcohol misuse. By putting the focus on alcohol abuse prevention, AAPS and MCAS Cherry Point help maintain Marines and families that are healthier and more mission ready. AAPS services are available to those stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, as well as individuals and organizations within the local community. AAPS can provide general support for unit prevention efforts and serves as the principal advisor for development and oversight of various alcohol abuse prevention training programs.

AAPS also offers the following:

  • PRIME for Life 16 hour and 4.5 hour courses
  • Alcohol Awareness Training
  • Safety and Post Deployment Briefs
  • Interactive Alcohol Awareness Demonstrations
  • Event Support and Table Displays
  • Prevention Materials and Educational Resources

To request services or assistance from the AAPS, please call (252) 466-8413.