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Prevention & Education Services for Schools


Prevention of substance abuse can never begin too early. This is why The LCADA Way works with local schools to implement evidence- and research-based curriculum for students. Among these curriculum are:

Anti-Virus

Anti-Virus encourages middle school students to actively live out positive character traits in their thoughts and actions. The traits focused on include: ambition, responsibility, hard work, emotions, restraint, common sense, and generosity.

Becoming a Responsible Teen (evidence-based)

Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) assists Jr. & Sr. High youth to gain knowledge and skills for healthy relationships and lifestyle choices. BART is an 8-session community-based HIV-prevention program. BART helps teens clarify their own values about sexual activity, make decisions that will help them avoid becoming infected with HIV, and learn skills to put their decisions into action.

Botvin LifeSkills Training (evidence-based)

Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behaviors by helping youth develop skills essential to resisting peer pressure, increasing self-esteem, coping with anxiety, enhancing healthy thinking and behaviors. The program has proven effective in helping youth to remain drug-free, to reduce or stop using drugs and to avoid high-risk behaviors such as violence and gambling. Programs are available for grades 3-12. Depending on the grade level being taught, the curriculum ranges from 6 to 15 sessions.

Building Blocks (research-based)

The Building Blocks Program uses interactive learning activities to reinforce the development of problem-solving and social skills by children 3-6 years old.

Comprehensive School Prevention Model©

Prevention efforts are most effective when education services are combined with a positive school environment and easily accessible services for youth who are already harmfully involved with mood altering substances. In order to address these additional needs, The LCADA Way has developed the Comprehensive School Prevention Model.

A prevention professional is placed within a school or district for a contracted number of hours each week. Services are tailored to fit the school’s unique needs. Some of the available services are:

  • Assisting schools to identify & prioritize their prevention needs
  • Assisting to identify programs and services to address those needs
  • Problem identification and referral services for students and families
  • Individual and classroom education (including the other programs identified on this page)
  • Consultation services
  • Staff training
  • Drop-in hours for youth and parents
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Presentations on issues related to adolescent or familial substance use
  • Support groups for students concerned about a friend’s or family member’s substance use
  • Alternative to Suspension tobacco education and intervention
  • Identify community resources available to help address school needs

Eduvention

Eduvention provides Education and Intervention services to families concerned about their teen’s substance abuse. Schools can refer families to this community-based program if they suspect that a student is engaged in early-stage alcohol or drug use. The youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. This program is also open to parents who simply want to learn more about issues related to teen substance use. The program is conducted one evening per week over a period of four weeks. This program does NOT take the place of an assessment or treatment services.

Gambling Prevention (evidence-based)

Research finds that 80% of 12-17 year olds have gambled for money in the past year and that teens are 2-4X more likely than adults to exhibit problem gambling. The “Smart Choices” and “Botvin LifeSkills Training” programs have proven effective in helping youth make healthier life choices and to avoid high risk behaviors such as problem gambling.

School Advocacy

Lorain County Communities that Care contracts with The LCADA Way to provide School Advocacy services to Jr. & Sr. High Schools within Lorain County. The School Advocate’s primary focuses are on assisting schools to: 1) implement policies and other environmental changes that positively support a drug-free culture; and 2) identify resources to address their prevention needs.

Additional Prevention Services

  • Workplace Drug-Free Safety Program
  • Parent to Parent – education and small group support for parents
  • Assisting to identify programs and services to address those needs
  • Problem identification and referral services for students and families
  • Consultation services
  • Staff training
  • Presentations on issues related to adolescent or familial substance use
  • Alternative to Suspension tobacco education and intervention

Support By

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County
United Way of Greater Lorain County
The Nord Family Foundation
Community Foundation of Lorain County
Metka Foundation
Medina County Drug Abuse Commission (MCDAC)
EMH Foundation

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