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Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors


The Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United Independent School District strive to educate students about the dangerous effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs to help students develop healthy coping skills in order to make informed and educated decisions.  The counselors educate parents and staff about the latest substance use trends as well as signs and symptoms of use.


Challenge Courses are physically & emotionally safe proving grounds for exploring new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. They are used by facilitators as a counseling tool to help students develop communication, problem-solving, decision making and teamwork skills in order to build trust and confidence.

On Demand Drug Test Kits

On Demand Drug Kits are take home urine drug test kits available for parents with children in 6th-12th grade. Kits are free and available at all UISD middle schools and high schools.  Results are confidential and are used for informational purposes for parents only.

Why I Drug-Test My Teens

On Demand Testing

drug testing kit

  • Benzodiazepines (BZO)
  • Barbiturates (BAR)
  • Cocaine (COC)
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Methamphetamine (MET)
  • Opiates (MOP)
  • Methadone (MTD)
  • Oxycodone (OXY)
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Amphetamine (AMP)
  • Synthetic Marijuana (K2)

Substance Use Hotlines

In addition to calling Drug Helpline on 1-(844) 289-0879, you can also try some of the following substance use, drug use and addiction hotline numbers:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) – 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – 1-301-443-1124
  • The Partnership at – 1-855-DRUG-FREE (378-4373)
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics – 1-888-554-COAS (2627)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
  • National Institute of Mental Health Information – 1-866-615-6464
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Number – 1-212-870-3400
  • National Alliance of Mental Health
  • Texas Health and Human Services - Mental Health
  • Mental Health Hotline 9 8 8

Meet The Staff


Hector M. Gutierrez

Hector M. Gutierrez, LCDC

(956) 473-5467

United South High School Feeder Pattern


Joel M. Leal

Joel M. Leal, LCDC

(956) 473-5831

Alexander High School Feeder Pattern


Claudia Garza

Claudia Garza, LCDC

(956) 473-5662

United High School Feeder Pattern


Melissa H. Mendoza

Melissa H. Mendoza, LCDC

(956) 473-5327

Lyndon B Johnson Feeder Pattern


Jose Luis Martinez

Jose Luis Martinez, LCDC

(956) 473-6012

STEP Academy


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