Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

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The State Attorney’s Office Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is an early intervention program aimed at reducing truancy at the elementary school level in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Truancy has long been identified as a precursor to juvenile delinquency. While not all truants become delinquents, most delinquents have some incidents of truancy in their past. This program attempts to change their pattern of school absences and to prevent future truancy. The program also addresses family and personal dysfunctions that may be the underlying cause of school attendance problems.

TIP is a collaborative effort between the Office of the State Attorney, the School Board of Pinellas County, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and Family Resources, Inc. It is the goal of these partners to intervene and redirect students early in their school careers to enhance their educational success. In the event that parents do not comply with the program, the case may be referred for prosecution for Educational Neglect.

School social workers can find the referral form at the link below.  You may return the completed form and the required paperwork via one of the following methods:

U.S. Mail

Office of the State Attorney
PO Box 17500
Clearwater, FL 33762-0500

Hand Delivery:

Room 1000
14250 49th Street N
Clearwater, FL


Pasco cases:
Pinellas cases:


NOTE:  All truancy referrals must be submitted no later than April 15 of the current school year.


Downloadable Forms


Have questions?

Truancy cases occurring in Pasco County
Contact Eric Rosario at (727) 847-8134
or send an email to

Truancy cases occurring in Pinellas County
Contact Colleen Powell at (727) 464-6554
or send an email to