HRC has provided substance abuse prevention services for over twenty three years. HRC Prevention is funded through the Department of Human Services’ SAPP (Substance Abuse Prevention Program) grant. This grant allows the staff to offer a variety of services to Edgar and Clark counties. Focusing on three main areas of service; youth prevention education, coalition involvement, and youth mentoring services, the Prevention staff typically serve youth ages 11 – 18. In addition, HRC Prevention hosts a summer program for area youth.
YOUTH PREVENTION EDUCATION
The Prevention Department teaches the Mendez Foundation’s Too Good for Drugs program to the following area schools; Martinsville, Marshall, Kansas, Crestwood, Casey and Shiloh. The Too Good for Drugs program is offered to 5th and 6th graders and focuses on establishing goal-setting, decision-making, and effective communication skills in youth. The program also focuses on building skills to refuse peer pressure, pro-social bonding, conflict resolution, and media literacy. The program is evidence based and draws from several theoretical foundations; including the Social Learning Theory, the Problem Behavior Theory, the Health Behavior Theory, the Social Developmental Model, and the 40 Developmental Assets.
HRC Prevention is working to develop and maintain youth mentoring programs in two area schools; Martinsville and Crestwood. The mentoring programs work to introduce middle school students to mentors from their community. The program is currently school based, with mentors being asked to dedicate one hour per week for one-on-one mentoring with their selected student. Interested parties must pass a background check, drug test, and an interview process. HRC Prevention Specialists receive training by the DHS (Department of Human Services) and are active in establishing the mentor/mentee relationship. HRC Prevention is currently seeking mentors in both Clark and Edgar Counties. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Prevention staff for more information.
HRC Prevention works in conjunction with the local CAMA Coalition, which focuses on preventing youth substance abuse in Edgar and Clark Counties. Within CAMA, HRC Prevention works to develop and set agendas, facilitate monthly meetings, plan the annual Prevention Providers breakfast, and works within the community to outreach and facilitate strategic prevention framework. CAMA meetings are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.
In addition to YPE, mentoring, and coalition involvement, HRC Prevention hosts a local summer program for children and young adults at Highland Court in Paris, IL. The summer program includes weekly activities, crafts, games, education, guest speakers, and more.
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION
HRC Prevention’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/hrcprevention
The Mendez Foundation: http://www.toogoodprograms.org
Illinois Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx
“Funding provided in whole or in part by the
Illinois Department of Human Services and the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)”