SPOTLIGHT: Jamestown, NY Affiliate’s Opioid Prevention Program

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  Recently, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced distribution of $25 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in New York State. The Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) in Jamestown, NY was one of the award recipients and will receive $100,000 to provide evidence-based prevention programs to underserved, hard-to-reach youth, and other at-risk populations in the City of Dunkirk. CASAC has established a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and the Salvation Army’s After School Programs. Youth and adults will have the opportunity to engage in the “Too Good” evidence-based after school program. This program focuses on prevention education through social and emotional learning, empowering youth and teens with skills needed for academic, social and life successes. Elementary and middle school students will engage in positive, engaging, age-appropriate activities including games, stories and songs. The program reinforces basic prevention concepts,...
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SPOTLIGHT: Gardena, CA Affiliate Staff Present at Cannabis Summit

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Two prevention staff of Behavioral Health Service,, Inc (BHS), NCADD’s Gardena, CA Affiliate, participated at the 2017 National Cannabis Summit held in Denver in late August.

One of the presentations was a poster session about marijuana use among young people. Youth access to marijuana had increased at alarming rates due to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use, decreased perception of harm associated with marijuana use, and increased social acceptance. BHS decided it needed to shift the social norm in communities and decrease youth access through strategic planning, education, and advocacy.

Through its work and passion it has the ability to create behavioral and environmental change while protecting youth and communities. The poster highlights BHS’ Drugs Kill Dreams Program, which includes the use of the evidence-based Project CHOICE curriculum developed by the RAND Corporation. It also focuses on the agency’s marijuana prevention efforts on both local and county levels. The poster presentation was given by Jenifer Harris, Prevention Coordinator at BHS’s Gardena Center. A copy of the poster is available by clicking here.

The other was a joint presentation by Gilbert Mora, MS, Prevention Coordinator of BHS’s Hollywood Family Recovery Center and Monica Sanchez, PhD, Los Angeles Office of Education.

Mr. Mora also is the Policy Chair of Rethinking Access to Marijuana (RAM) a collaboration of public health professionals seeking to prevent marijuana-related harms by limiting youth access in the County of Los Angeles. The presentation focused on the commercialization of marijuana since its legalization in several states and provided documents and resources that give a comprehensive review of the potential impacts of various marijuana policy options based on collaborative input from stakeholders including educators, community groups, public health professionals, medical practitioners, business affiliates and legislators.

The session reviewed proven strategies that limit youth access to marijuana through regulatory policy, best practices relating to marijuana storefront dispensaries, personal use cultivation, commercial cultivation and delivery services. Information was provided for local legislators concerned with enacting smart marijuana regulation that adequately protects youth within any designated municipality. To access the power point presentation, click here. The RAM “policy menu” can be seen here.

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Jenifer Harris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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SPOTLIGHT: Doylestown, PA Affiliate’s Criminal Justice Services

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The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania in Doylestown offers a range of programs as part of its Criminal Justice Services, including DUI, Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) and Anger Management. DUI The DUI Program consists of a Court Reporting Network alcohol and other drug evaluation, which is required by the state of Pennsylvania for each DUI. The evaluation is a set of roughly 115 questions pertaining to alcohol and other drug use, with specific questions about the day of and the month leading up to the DUI charge. Based on this evaluation, the state may require an alcohol and other drug assessment be completed. The DUI Program also includes Alcohol Highway Safety (AHS), an education program that teaches about the effects of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) on the individual, their family and their community. The AHS program gives an individual a solid foundation about the inherent dangers that come...
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SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s HOPE ONE Project

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  HOPE ONE is a collaborative project between CARES (Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success, a program of the Morris County Prevention is Key) Morris County Sheriff, the Morris County Department of Human Services, and the Morris County Mental Health Association. It is the first of its kind in New Jersey. HOPE ONE is a repurposed tactical vehicle that serves as a mobile recovery center for Morris County. On board HOPE ONE are a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, a Mental Health Professional and a plain-clothed Sheriff’s Officer. On Mondays and Thursdays, HOPE ONE sets up in a predesignated community in the county. Locations are publicized in advance so people know HOPE ONE will be in their community that day. Staff provides support services to anyone seeking assistance for either themselves or a loved one who has a substance use or mental health disorder. The approach is simple; it starts...
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SPOTLIGHT: Grand Island, NE Affiliate’s Drug Education Programs

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The Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, with a mission of offering hope and changing lives by fostering healthy lifestyles, has a number of services aimed at providing alcohol and other drug education to the community. Among them are: Prime for Life (MIP) —This is an eight-hour alcohol education class for youth ages 20 and younger. The goal of this program is to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other drug-related problems in youth. It is a nationally recognized and evidence-based program that focuses on personal risk-reduction (choices) and self-assessment specifically related to alcohol. The program is voluntary but many youth are referred by probation or juvenile services for a Minor-In-Possession of Alcohol (first offense) or another first-time-alcohol or other drug- related offense. The class is offered in English and Spanish. Prime for Life! (DUI/DWI) —This also is an eight-hour alcohol education class but for adult DUI offenders ages...
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SPOTLIGHT: Waukesha, WI Affiliate’s Adult Services

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The Addiction Resource Council (ARC), NCADD’s Waukesha, WI Affiliate, offers various services to adults and families with alcohol dependence and/or drug addiction problems. Here are some of them. Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)/Driver Safety Plan Process For those who have been convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence, the Council offers a program that will help the individual maintain driving privileges as well as educating and addressing any substance use issues. The process begins with an assessment, a requirement for all individuals convicted of operating while under the influence. The assessment includes an interview to identify alcohol/drug use habits and to develop a Driver Safety Plan (DSP). The DSP offers the individual an understanding of his/her alcohol/drug habits, provides education or treatment opportunities, and includes referrals to other agencies. Substance Abuse Assessment (Non-OWI The Council provides non-OWI assessment to help determine what type of education or, if needed, treatment...
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SPOTLIGHT: Behavioral Health Services, Gardena, CA Affiliate’s “Beach Cities Prevention Community Council (PCC)”

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The Beach Cities Prevention Community Council (PCC) is a community coalition formed in response to the high drinking rates of underage youth, particularly of youth ages 12-17, in the Los Angeles County beach cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach. Environmental factors including social norms, affluence, stress, a dense concentration of alcohol-licensed retailers, and local law enforcement policies contribute to the significantly higher youth drinking rates in the beach cities as compared with state averages. Behavioral Health Services, Inc., an Affiliate of NCADD (BHS/NCADD) responded by organizing the PCC as a viable intervention approach to mobilize the beach cities communities toward environmental social change. The goal was to use traditional grassroots community organizing efforts to develop a strong coalition of community stakeholders to implement evidence-based programs and strategies to reduce access and availability of alcohol to underage youth. What started as a coalition of a few community organizations...
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SPOTLIGHT: Des Moines, IA Affiliate’s Bilingual Program

SPOTLIGHT: Des Moines, IA Affiliate’s Bilingual Program
Employee & Family Resources (EFR), NCADD’s Des Moines, IA Affiliate, provides bilingual individual and family counseling, along with in-home support to families, through its “Para Ti Programa.” Serving Polk, Dallas and Warren counties, EFR provides the support in Spanish and English to individuals and families when they face life’s challenges. The program offers in-office appointments with a master’s degreed therapist who is bilingual and bicultural, in addition to a bachelor’s degreed counselor who is available for home visits, school visits, and assistance in the community. Clients may access both services, and just the one they need by calling the Affiliate. Para Ti was founded to serve the growing Latino community in Central Iowa. The program helps people address challenges of depression and other emotional issues, family or marital problems, legal or financial concerns, or substance abuse issues. All services through Para Ti are voluntary, confidential and designed for those who...
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SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s Children’s Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Rockaway, NJ Affiliate’s Children’s Programs
Prevention is Key, the Rockaway, NJ Affiliate, offers three prevention programs aimed at children. Forest Friends is a developmental puppet program designed to help children learn basic life skills and character enhancement that they will use their entire life. Each session includes a story portrayed by animal puppets, a discussion and an activity to reinforce the lesson conveyed by the story. There are six 15-20 minute stories; two are presented at each session over a three week period. The stories build off one another so that each presentation teaches a lesson while reinforcing previous lessons. All eyes are locked on the lovable puppets that take center stage. The children can identify with the realistic situations the puppets encounter and learn how to emotionally deal with similar situations in their own life. Goals of the program include: • Reaching children while their health-related attitude and beliefs are in the formative stage....
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SPOTLIGHT: Camden County (NJ) Affiliate’s Parenting Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Camden County (NJ) Affiliate’s Parenting Programs
The Camden County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Inc. (CCCADA) offers several programs designed to help parents guide their children through changes in development. Here are some of those programs. 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents! This program, written by national parenting experts, teaches about children’s stages of development and how parents can help them through those changes. The course covers: Discipline methods that work; How to prevent problems such as tantrums; Ways to build a loving bond with your child; The best ways to childproof your home; How to care for your child at different ages and stages; Great ways to care for yourself. The program consists of three 2-hour sessions for up to 20 parents. Active Parenting Today This program is for parenting children ages 2-12 and is a video–based, discussion-oriented program to equip parents with skills that are crucial in raising children to make wise choices in...
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