Sunnyside School Board officials last night, Thursday, learned that the school district has applied for a drug and alcohol treatment license from the state.
John Hughes, the school district's director of safe and effective schools, informed officials of the application.
"It legitimizes my chemical dependency license," he said. "If you came to me (right now) and asked me if I was a licensed professional, I can't say I am because I don't work for a licensed agency."
With the new license, Hughes said it will allow for screening, motivational counseling and will allow him to determine the level of intervention a student needs.
He said there's no funding for school districts right now, but in the stimulus package, there is funding opportunities for drug and alcohol intervention.
And, he noted, "It gives us the right to broadcast we're a treatment agency. We will be the first (school district) to apply for this license."