About the Marijuana Intervention Program
The Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP) uses a harm reduction approach and is designed to:
- Promote a non-judgmental environment to help you explore your marijuana use
- Reduce risky behavior and harmful consequences of marijuana use
- Identify changes that could help you reduce your risk
- Provide important information and skills for risk reduction
- Encourage students to reduce and/or stop marijuana use
Students who are found in possession of small amounts of marijuana or under the influence of marijuana on campus are mandated to MIP by Penn State Office of Student Conduct.
Students who are concerned about their marijuana use but have not had a marijuana incident can take MIP as a self-referral at no charge. Students who want to take MIP on a self-referral basis should contact Health Promotion and Wellness at 814.863.0461 for program information.
MIP consists of two one-hour sessions with a UHS staff member. During the first session, you will meet individually with a staff member and complete several questionnaires. You will also complete screenings for depression, and anxiety. During the second session, you will discuss the results of your questionnaires with the staff member. You will explore ways to reduce future health, social, and legal risk. Additional sessions beyond the first two may be required for some students.
Students who are sanctioned by Penn State’s Office of Student Conduct or Residence Life are required to pay a $250 fee (effecitve July 1, 2016). You may pay with cash, a check, credit card, or charge it to your student account. UHS is unable to bill insurace companies for the fee associated with MIP. You will need to pay for MIP at your first session.
Students who self-refer to the program will not be charged a fee. Students who have been mandated to the program are not eligible for the self-referral option. Students who are mandated must cancel or reschedule an appointment at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time to avoid a $100 fee automatically being applied to your student account. A $100 fee will be automatically applied to your account for missed appointments.
MIP is located in Health Promotion and Wellness, 201 Student Health Center.
The information you share during the MIP sessions is confidential; however, we will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law. We may use and disclose health information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent that threat. Mandated students will be asked to acknowledge a release of information statement that will allow MIP to verify completion with the appropriate Penn State offices.
If you have questions about these programs or about the use of alcohol or marijuana, you may also call HPW at 814.863.0461 or contact them by e-mail.
Additional Information about marijuana is available on these websites National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.