Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc., NCADD's Lowville, NY Affiliate, offers several alcohol/other drug prevention programs for school-age children and youth.
One of the programs is its "Youth Advocacy Program."
The Youth Advocacy Program originated in 1982 as a response to the increasing number of troubled youth in the surrounding communities throughout Lewis County. The program offers free advocacy to youth through the school system. Students of participating schools may seek Youth Advocate services voluntarily or may be referred by parents, teachers, guidance counselors, or other school staff. The Youth Advocates provide services to grades K-12 in some schools and grades 6-12 in others.
The goal of the program is to assist youth to better understand their concerns, accept responsibility, and cope more effectively with the demands they face. This is provided through confidential, informed, supportive and preventive advocacy by the Youth Advocate on an individual or small group basis.
The Youth Advocacy Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality. At the first visit and prior to admission, each student is informed of his/her right to confidentiality. He/She is informed that none of the information shared with the Youth Advocate Counselor will be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement signed voluntarily by the student. In case of disclosed child abuse/neglect or personal harm, necessary contacts will be made to ensure the safety of the student.
Reasons for Seeking Youth Advocate Services are:
- Academic Struggles
- Peer/Dating Relationships
- Feeling Stressed/Overwhelmed
- Problems at Home
- Behavioral Problems
- Anger Management
- Needing Someone to Talk to
- Parents' Divorce/Separation
- Parents' Deployment
Another program aimed at school age youth is The Student Assistance Program, a nation-wide, school-based prevention/intervention program focusing on students in grades 6-12.
While this program concentrates on students at risk of, or using alcohol and/or other drugs, staff also see students with concerns such as teen depression, low self-esteem, chronic truancy, grief issues, children of divorce, teen pregnancy/or early parenthood, children of alcoholics or substance abuse. This program centers on all facets of a student's needs to determine the nature of a problem, its level of severity and whether to refer a particular student to a more intense level of service. The Student Assistance Program is not intended to be treatment or therapy.
Participation in this program is both voluntary and confidential to all students. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, other school personnel, community agencies or the students themselves.
Like the Youth Advocacy Program, the Student Assistance Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality.
At the first visit and prior to admission, each student is informed of his/her right to confidentiality, and also informed that no information shared with the Student Assistance Counselor will be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement signed voluntarily by the student. Again, in case of disclosed child abuse/neglect or personal harm, necessary contacts will be made to ensure the safety of the student.
The Student Assistance Counselors serve all five Lewis County school districts as well as one school in an adjoining county.
For more information about these and other programs offered by the Council, contact:
Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc.
7714 Number Three Road
Lowville, NY 13367