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Substance Abuse Combat Center (SACC)

Your Behavioral Health Branch is available to you by phone and email during the current COVID-19 pandemic office closures. Our staff is currently working offsite to comply with OPM Max-telework requirements. Our work numbers are forwarded to us while we are teleworking so you can contact Behavioral Health staff directly.

You can reach us at the following phone numbers:
Behavioral Health Branch main number: 703-614-7204
Family Advocacy Program: 703-614-7204
24/7 Victim Advocate Hotline: 202-439-6038.
New Parent Support Program: 703-614-7208/703-693-1160
Substance Abuse Program: 703-614-8961
Community Counseling: 703-697-8746

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) services: The MFLC is now available via phone at 703-414-9885 for telehealth counseling services. Virtual classes will also be available via the ZOOM platform. Please contact your MFLC at 703-414-9885 to request services or to arrange a virtual class. Please see attached list of available MFLC classes.

Please contact the Behavioral Health Branch Manager at 703-693-0643 or 571-205-5095 if you have questions about available resources or have difficulty reaching a provider.

Additional Telehealth resources are available through Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647 or https://www.militaryonesource.mil.

Marine & Family Program (MFP) office is available Monday – Friday only by phone or email. MFP Center is closed until further notice with all staff at 100% Telework.

Our Commandant wants Marines to “Protect What You’ve Earned” Period! SACC helps Marines “Protect What You’ve Earned” by executing smartly and moving forward in your career. To make that happen, SACC conducts an aggressive outreach and prevention program that includes tailored training based on assessment of each individual command's needs. Interventions include provision of the Prime For Life 4.5 and 16-hour curriculums. SACC also supports the CMC-directed Unit Marine Awareness & Prevention Integrated Training (UMAPIT) annual required training. Should you desire to become a "part of the solution" by scheduling SACC to come out and give a presentation to your Marines and assigned Sailors, please call (703) 614-8961.

Substance Abuse Combat Center Henderson Hall (SACC HH) has a mission of helping Henderson Hall Marines and assigned Sailors “Protect What You’ve Earned” by reducing substance abuse related incidents. The intent is to enhance operational readiness through development and deployment of responsive, hard-hitting, cooperative prevention and education strategies. This is accompanied by use of effective treatment modalities within a compassionate environment that emphasizes individual worth. SACC HH emphasizes prevention through use of unit outreach and training. SACC also provides screenings & assessment, outpatient substance abuse treatment, referrals, and aftercare facilitation.

SACC Henderson Hall's commitment to our Commandant's goal of Marines “Protecting What You’ve Earned” and zero tolerance for substance abuse's destructive aspects is exemplified in our employment of a unique "SATURATION 4 THE DURATION” prevention and outreach strategy. It is further supplemented by the use of effective intervention modalities within a therapeutic framework-with special emphasis on self-worth and personal growth.

SACC remains cognizant always of the underlying leadership challenges posed by substance abuse. Accordingly, SACC facilitates unit commanders' implementation of a three-pronged strategy of DETERRENCE, PREVENTION, and INTERVENTION that incorporates

  • Detection
  • Outreach, education and ongoing "saturation" training
  • Timely low-level intervention
  • Appropriate discipline
  • Necessary referrals
  • Screenings, assessments, and placement
  • Effective treatment-at various stages in a continuum
  • Restoration to full duty or separation
  • Recovery-managed through a one-year program of unit-monitored aftercare

SACC also supports family members over 18 and to the extent feasible.

Additional Information

Why Prevention? SACC Henderson Hall believes that Prevention is the key to fulfilling CMC’s intent of “Getting Marines” (to do the right thing) before they “get themselves” (in trouble). To that end, SACC seeks to assist Marines to “Protect What You’ve Earned.” SACC accomplishes this through deployment of an aggressive outreach and prevention program that includes tailored training based on assessment of each individual command's needs. Presented on a rotating basis at the unit and section level, this helps ensure broad-based coverage a minimum of once a year. Prevention Education include provision of the Prime For Life 4.5-hour curriculum. SACC also supports the CMC-directed Unit Marine Awareness & Prevention Integrated Training (UMAPIT) annual training requirement. Thematic events such as the WRAP SOBERIDE program, the annual Red Ribbon Campaign, and our annual "101 Days of Summer Sense Safety Campaign" also constitute important elements of our prevention effort. SACC also places special emphasis on the availability of such "diversionary" programs as lifelong learning, fitness training, and volunteer efforts as a viable means of combating potential substance abuse "trigger" situations. Should you desire to become a "part of the solution" by scheduling SACC to come out and give a presentation to your Marines and assigned Sailors, please call (703) 614-8961.


Screenings & Assessments
Screenings and assessments run concurrently. They are the first step in the intervention process and help determine whether a Marine needs treatment. Screenings & Assessments last about two hours. Marines not in need of treatment, i.e. the vast majority, will simply undergo Early Intervention (Prime For Life). To schedule a screening please contact the SACC via your Unit SACO. Alternatively, you may contact the SACC at (703) 614-8961.

Early Intervention
Early Intervention consists primarily of the educational 16-hour "Prime For Life” curriculum. It assists individuals in exploring risk factors and recognizing the harmful consequences of inappropriate drug & alcohol use. The goal is to equip Marines to “Protect What You’ve Earned” by making more responsible substance use life choices. Early Intervention sessions are conducted once a month, or more frequently as may be needed.

Referral and Treatment
Marines and assigned Sailors whose needs would best be met through formal treatment are provided referrals to Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, or Residential treatment via one of several area or regional facilities.

Following treatment completion, individuals collaborate with their Counselor in the development of an aftercare plan. SACC then provides this plan to the Commander in the form of a recommendation for the required one-year period of unit monitoring.

Selected Resources

B.R.A.D. (Responsible Drinking Website)


Alcoholics Anonymous


Washington Area Intergroup Association (Great resource for locating local 12-step meetings]


SOBERIDE (Washington Regional Alcohol Program)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


National Institutes of Alcoholism and Addiction


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration


National Institutes on Drug Abuse


Mental Health


Substance Abuse Combat Team

SACC helps you “Protect What You’ve Earned” through use of a dedicated team of licensed and certified substance abuse professionals. In support of this effort, SACC has two counselors and one Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator, in addition to working closely with the individual unit SACOs and other leadership personnel.


Substance Abuse Control Officer (SACO) Course. SACC offers the SACO course quarterly, or as needed to assist unit substance abuse "duty experts" in completing this required training within the HQMC-specified 90-day period. SACC offers it to newly appointed SACOs, Substance Abuse Control Specialists, and Urinalysis Program Coordinators.

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