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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SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte, NC’s Adolescent and Youth Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte, NC’s Adolescent and Youth Programs
Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center, NCADD’s Charlotte, NC Affiliate, offers a range of programs for youth, including prevention and treatment. Programs are available in school and community settings as well as through an outpatient treatment setting. In general, the goals of these programs are to support youth in developing strong social skills to help them in avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use or to treat adolescents who have a substance use issue. Prevention programs generally consist of lessons that include motivational activities, social skills training, and decision making components that are delivered through group discussions, games, role-playing exercises, videos and worksheets. Most programs are available to be delivered in English or Spanish. For young people who may have signs of increased risk for developing problems such as truancy issues or those already experimenting with some high-risk alcohol or drug choices, Anuvia offers early intervention programs. Designed for youth involved...
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SPOTLIGHT: Phoenix, AZ Affiliate’s Women's Outpatient Program

SPOTLIGHT: Phoenix, AZ Affiliate’s Women's Outpatient Program
“Supporting women in building a healthy life for themselves and their children” is a motto of NCADD Phoenix and to do that, the Affiliate provides a variety of programs aimed at helping women. The Affiliate’s programs focus on providing the tools and resources needed to help women become financially self-sufficient and to believe in their potential to remain drug and alcohol free and live a quality life. Women who abuse alcohol and other drugs have unique issues. NCADD Phoenix offers an Outpatient Program that recognizes that recovery for women requires development of life skills, resolution of life issues, goals, values, self-image, independence and empowerment. The program was developed on a time frame of at least 1 year. This allows the women to master skills vital for their recovery, strengthen a support system, increase their ability to financially provide for themselves and their children, practice parenting skills with continued monitoring, increase...
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SPOTLIGHT: Orange County, CA Affiliate’s “Parent Toolkit”

SPOTLIGHT: Orange County, CA Affiliate’s “Parent Toolkit”
The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence—Orange County in Lake Forest, CA has, among its major goals, to provide information, education, prevention, and referral in eliminating alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related problems in its community. Studies have shown that teens who consistently learn about the risks of alcohol, marijuana and drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use those substances. To help carry out this goal, the Council has developed a “Parent Toolkit” which is a resource guide to help raise kids free of alcohol/other drug use. It includes a variety of items drawn from several sources. One section is a list of Skill Sets that children need to guard against addiction which includes: • Coping Skills • Social Skills • Life Skills • Emotional Regulation Skills • Critical Thinking Skills • Distress Tolerance Skills Another is a chart of The Resiliency Wheel with elements for Building...
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SPOTLIGHT: Baton Rouge, LA Affiliate’s Treatment Programs

SPOTLIGHT: Baton Rouge, LA Affiliate’s Treatment Programs
O’Brien House, NCADD’s Baton Rouge, LA Affiliate, offers an array of programs, including both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Residential Program The inpatient program is a three-month comprehensive, multi-phase residential program based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) criteria. This program utilizes cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive and motivational enhancement therapies and includes: A structured environment with individual and group counseling by qualified professionals; Housing facilities for men and women; Nutritionally balanced meals; Involvement in Alcoholic’s Anonymous and other 12 Step Programs; Life Skills Program which includes career counseling, job readiness training and job placement assistance. The program consists of three phases. Phase One is an average of two to three weeks in which clients may not leave the premises unless they are accompanied by a staff member except with prior approval and special permission from the treatment director. During this phase clients must attend daily 12-step meetings, including at least...
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SPOTLIGHT: Detroit Affiliate’s Youth Prevention Services

SPOTLIGHT: Detroit Affiliate’s Youth Prevention Services
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence—Greater Detroit Area (NCADD-GDA) is known for serving many of Metro Detroit’s most talented youth. NCADD-GDA’s Youth Prevention programs target under-served, economically disadvantaged youth ages 10-21. The programs’ mission is to provide a safe environment where youth receive support and resources needed to be drug-free, attain academic success, and develop social responsibility. These services are delivered by two unique programs: S.T.E.P.S. (Strong Teens Excelling In Prevention Services) and SAFETY (Successful Alliance For Educating Talented Youth). SAFETY (Successful Alliance For Educating Talented Youth) The SAFETY program’s target population is underserved, economically disadvantaged teens, ages 10-18. Its mission is to provide a safe environment where youth receive the support and resources needed to graduate from high school. They also are encouraged to become productive citizens of the community. Services are provided through collaborations with Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Housing Commission, Detroit Bureau of Substance Abuse...
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SPOTLIGHT: Tarrytown, NY Affiliate’s Adolescent Impaired Driving Prevention Program

SPOTLIGHT: Tarrytown, NY Affiliate’s Adolescent Impaired Driving Prevention Program
Student Assistance Services Corp, an NCADD Affiliate located in Tarrytown NY, and servicing all of Westchester County, implements the ROADD (Reduce Our Adolescent Drinking/Drugging and Driving) Program. ROADD is an educational program aimed at preventing alcohol and other drug impaired driving among high school students. It is funded by the Westchester County Office of Drug Prevention and STOP-DWI, which in turn receives monies from the fines paid by convicted drunk drivers. The ROADD Program is free to participating public, private, and parochial schools in Westchester County. It is provided for two years at a school and then is offered to other schools on a rotating basis. Students receive six class sessions conducted by a ROADD Health Educator. The classes consist primarily of sophomores and juniors, and are usually delivered through the school's health class, or another appropriate subject. Class sessions are designed to be student centered and skills based, incorporating...
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