Due to the multi-faceted nature of substance abuse, our prevention efforts must be comprehensive and include strategies for all members of the community. Our comprehensive prevention services are intended to impact all segments of the communities by providing information and education for the public. Staff focuses on workplace initiatives, mentoring projects, and community coalitions.
Prevention Specialists assist communities to sponsor media campaigns such as Red Ribbon, Celebrate with Care, Healthy Baby Month, Project Graduation and Alcohol Awareness Month.
Research based curricula are provided by prevention specialists to school districts, parent groups, youth and family committees.
Help for community groups in planning and promoting drug and alcohol free activities for youth and families.
Assistance to local groups and employers in organizing coalitions that work to combat substance abuse in their communities.
Problem Identification and Referral
Collaboration with judicial systems to provide classes for first time offenders of possession of alcohol under the legal age. The Diversion Classes are also available for under age youths who have been involved in an alcohol-related infraction in the school system or an alcohol-related arrest. The Diversion Classes require the participation of the parent as well as the youth.
The Tobacco project works extensively with youth to develop anti-smoking messages to support youth who chose not to use tobacco.