Prevention: prəˈven(t)SH(ə)n/: Prevention is an empowering process that promotes individuals, family, and community health through life by using effective and practical strategies to identify and strengthen protective factors that contribute to well-being, identify and address risk factors that interfere with well-being, and identify and intervene on behaviors that lead to disease.
The goal of the Prevention Department is to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth and adults within our communities served, and to assist communities in developing and maintaining coalitions, tasks forces, and teams to combat substance use issues through prevention practices, programs, and policies. Preferred Family Healthcare is a Prevention Resource Center, certified by Missouri’s Division of Behavioral Health prevention initiative.
In Missouri, our C2000 Team empowers communities to impact substance use and mental health problems by providing technical assistance, training, and support to community coalitions.
Our SPIRIT program is a school-based substance use prevention program which is implemented at the Knox County R-1 School District.
In addition, The Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Project is a 3 year grant which provides Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to adults wanting to know how to help individuals who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.
In Kansas, our community-based prevention model utilizes community teams, task forces and coalitions of volunteers. Our Prevention Specialists provide trainings, tools, and other technical assistance to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.