The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County (NCADD Hudson) was established in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to combat and defeat alcoholism and drug abuse in the community through involvement, consultation, education, advocacy and referral programs, working with individuals, groups and associations throughout Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, and the nation.
The agency was founded after the Hudson County Board of Freeholders identified the need for a non-governmental, countywide organization to serve as a substance abuse prevention resource center. Seed money to help launch the new agency was provided through grants from Hudson County and the New Jersey Department of Health. In 2002, NCADD Hudson adopted “Partners in Prevention” as a legal alias to identify its key focus of preventing substance abuse in individuals, families, schools and the broader community. We serve thousands of individuals across Hudson County each year with a variety of prevention and referral services. Cooperative relationships are maintained with numerous organizations, advocates, and key stakeholders in all sectors of the community based on shared interests in preventing substance abuse-related problems, and the common goal of finding productive avenues for working together to improve the health of our community.
The mission of Partners in Prevention is to combat and defeat alcoholism and drug abuse in the community through involvement, consultation, education, advocacy and referral programs, working with individuals, groups and associations throughout Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, and the nation.
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) is comprised of professionals and volunteers working to reduce youth substance use in Hudson County. It works in tandem with Partners in Prevention, the coalition’s fiscal agent, which diligently seeks funding opportunities to expand the scope of the coalition. The HCCDFC is made up of members representing various sectors of the community. Anyone who has a desire and a passion to address underage drinking and prescription drug abuse is welcome to join.
The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute is a program of Partners in Prevention, a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency. Our mission is to guide young people to realize their leadership potential and become empowered to create positive changes in themselves, their schools, and their communities. We are dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to become strong leaders. At LMTI, we firmly believe that middle and high school students are not the leaders of tomorrow, but rather they are the leaders of today. New Jersey students know best what challenges exist in their schools and communities; they are the ones who walk through the hallways and down the streets each day. Accordingly, they must be the ones to create change. Through LMTI, students learn to look at challenges not as roadblocks to be feared or ignored, but as opportunities to be embraced and overcome. Furthermore, students are given the chance to work in a climate that puts them in control with adults there as guides and advocates for their vision. Students leave LMTI programs with a sense of confidence, purpose, and motivation that continues on throughout the school year- and also throughout their lives.
Partners in Prevention educates members of Hudson County on topics pertaining to the overall health of the community. Our educational programs touch the lives of individuals on all levels. We continuously build upon the skills that were already established, by offering programs that cater to all age groups from preschoolers to senior citizens.
Our program’s participants start at the young age of 4, with our Prehistoric Pals puppet program. The Prehistoric Pals curriculum consists of six half-hour lessons for Pre K-Kindergarten students. Throughout the course, eight prehistoric creatures offer the children practical and easy to understand alternatives to bullying and violence. Last year, we served 110 students at the pre-school level in the City of Hoboken.
Following our pre-historic pals program we also offer our Footprints for Life curriculum for our 2nd and 3rd grade population. The goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution — assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.
Programs for our middle-school students include Life Skills and Keys to Inner Visions (KIV). Botvin Life Skills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program that reduces the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Keys to Inner Visions (KIV), is an integrated character development curriculum that focuses on cognitive restructuring, chemical dependency, self-concept, and goal achievement.
Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) targets high school youth, ages 14 to 19. TND focuses on building three factors that predict tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, violence-related behaviors, and other problem behaviors among youth. The three factors that TND focuses on are student’s motivation, social skills, and decision making.
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children in higher risk families. SFP consists of parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in 2-hours group sessions preceded by a meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching. We also offer a Military Nights version of SFP. This program is specifically designed to recruit and retain families of returning veterans. Although the structure of the program is the essentially the same as SFP, it tackles certain issues particular to veteran families.
For our professional community members we offer certification classes for Alcohol and Drug Addiction counselors. Alcohol and Drug Addiction counselors help addicts with both crisis- and long-term management issues that range from finding immediate medical help to preventing a return to addiction. In addition, substance abuse counselors provide addiction-prevention resources to the community. The topics discussed in our CADC courses include but are not limited to drug identification, signs and symptoms of addictions, family counseling, sociocultural family education, legal aspects, community resources and networking.
For the senior population, we offer the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education Program (WISE). The WISE Program is a wellness and prevention program, designed to help celebrate healthy aging, make wholesome lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. It provides valuable educational services on topics such as nutrition, exercise, medication use, stress management, depression and substance abuse.