Connection - Drug and Alcohol Services


Mission Statement

The Office of Connection – Drug and Alcohol Service’s mission is to cultivate a sense of personal accountability and empowerment within our students. We strive to educate, so students can make healthy choices and responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. Through our comprehensive program that includes prevention, education, intervention and community coalition resources, we help our students persevere and find SUPPORT@SHIP

Director's Welcome

Hello All!

To Our Current Students: Welcome back to Shippensburg University, 2017-2018 is going to be a great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at or 717.477.1164, we have a number of different resources available to students. 

To Our New Students: SHIP IS IT, welcome! Look into utilizing our free online resources such as e-toke and e-chug, we look forward to meeting and working with you. 

To Our Community Partners: Please feel free to scroll through our website, we looking forward to continued partnerships with our neighboring coalitions.

Lavell M. Simpkins, M.A.

Interim Assistant Dean of Students, Coordinator Drug and Alcohol Services

Faculty Advisor's Welcome

Greetings Ship Students and Parents,

I welcome you to the Connection Program, Shippensburg University’s alcohol and drug education, prevention, and intervention program. The program here has been in existence for over twenty years and provides education, referral and support to those who have alcohol and drug infractions or issues. I am the faculty advisor to the program and offer support, education, and training to the many staff members who make up this quality program. My experience as a drug and alcohol counselor and as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel here on campus allows me the opportunity to help the staff provide the best services to students referred to us each semester. 

Lavell Simpkins, the Connection Program Director, coordinates and provides leadership and guidance to the staff members and is the main contact person if you have questions. My role as faculty advisor is consulting in nature where I help Mr. Simpkins and the staff with recommendations, training, and effective and appropriate referrals.

The Connection Program offers a variety of services starting with a preliminary assessment by one of our staff members. From there the staff meets each week to make the best referral for services which can include one or more of the following: A Basics Protocol, Early Intervention Group, Counseling, Professional Assessment, Outpatient Treatment, Detoxification, and Inpatient Treatment. Our mission is to best educate the student on at-risk behaviors and to provide services and referral dependent on the preliminary assessment.

It is my hope, and the hope of the Connection Staff, that this program will be of help in making the academic and personnel experience of students here at Shippensburg University, exceptional. 


Dr. Ford Brooks

Connection Program Advisor

Professor-Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel

                                   Services We Provide (Click below)

BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, goals of the program are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences.

BASICS Meeting - Expectations

Services provided through BASICS are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and confidential. BASICS involves two meetings with a BASICS Facilitator:

Meeting #1. The initial meeting is a meeting with a BASICS Facilitator. Together, the facilitator and student discuss an overview of the program and issues related to their drinking. Approximately 1 hour.

Assessment. As part of the initial session, the student is expected to complete an assessment in our office.

Meeting #2. The second meeting is a one-on-one follow-up meeting. It is held about two weeks after initial meeting and provides the student with personalized feedback based on the assessment and focuses on ways to reduce future risk. Approximately 1 hour.

  • Promotes safer alcohol use choices
  • Provides students with information on alcohol and its effects on the body
  • Increases students' awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Students gain increased awareness of alcohol-impaired choices that can lead to health problems, social difficulties, and/or legal problems

Early Intervention Groups (EIG) provide support and education for students involved in high-risk incidents or who could benefit from peer support in making positive changes in their lives. These groups meet for one hour a week for five weeks, are co-facilitated by Professional Connections staff members. These are closed meetings and consist of no more than 7 students.

EIG Topics
  • Values and decision-making
  • Positive ways to Reward Successes
  • Risk Factors and Progression of Use
  • Effective Communication and Refusals
  • Peer Pressure and Campus Climate Issues
  • Identifying "Triggers" and Managing Stress
  • The Stages of Change and Developing an Action Plan
  • Identifying Needs, Social Supports, and Referral Resources
Self-Referral/Referral Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Member run support group for those struggling with an addiction to alcohol.

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

Member run support group for friends and families of problem drinkers.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Member run support group for those struggling with an addiction to any drug.


We have a variety of information about alcohol and other drugs, including online resources and assessment tools. These resources allow student's the opportunity to learn more about their own personal experiences and values.

Professional Assessment

Connection staff members can provide referrals to professional assessments at community agencies that are able to determine an individual student's personal level of need in terms of support services and/or possible treatment.

Campus Support

Staff can also provide referral recommendations to numerous campus support departments that may be of interest or need for students such as: