Prevention partners with schools, families, organizations and community groups to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. This is done through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF process consists of five steps:
- Assess prevention needs based on current local data;
- Build prevention capacity;
- Develop a strategic plan;
- Implement evidence-based community prevention programs, policies and practices; and
- Evaluate efforts for outcomes.
Our programs offer presentations to after school programs, parent groups, church groups, summer programs, on a variety of topics. CASA-Trinity has evidence based prevention programs (EBPs) that increase the protective factors in each setting. The programs are (click on each item for more information):
- LifeSkills: A research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence.
- Second Step: A program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments.
- Too Good for Drugs/Social Perspectives: A comprehensive family of substance use and violence prevention curricula designed to build protection within the child.
- Teen Intervene: An individualized screening and brief intervention program.
- SPORT: A substance use prevention program designed to increase fitness, health and performance-enhancing behaviors.
CASA-Trinity also provides general educational opportunites, town hall discussions, parent information about the effects of drugs and drug trends. CASA-Trinity can provide helpful resources or strategies to prevent substance abuse. Some topics that are covered include:
- The effects of various drugs on the brain
- Opioid effects and Town Hall events
- School, parent and adult surveys to measure tendencies within a community.
- Shawna Has A Secret
Here is a link to a video that explains How Addiction Happens with young people.