AOD Primary Prevention Services:

  • Play a critical role in BHCS’s continuum of care for children and youth up to 18, & their families, and older adults.
  • Provide strategies to reduce or prevent the use or abuse of alcohol and other drug related problems.
  • Include activities directed at individuals who do not require treatment for substance abuse.
BHCS Primary Prevention Providers use the Strategies for Primary Prevention Programs promoted by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP):
  • Education;
  • Alternative Activities;
  • Problem Identification and Referral;
  • Community-Based Process, and
  • Environmental.

Primary Prevention Intervention Categories

  • Universal Preventive Intervention activities targeted at the general public or a whole population with an average probability of developing a disorder or condition, e.g. all 5th grade students.
  • Selective Preventive Intervention activities targeted at a vulnerable subgroup of the population whose risk of a disorder is significantly higher due to their association with this subgroup, e.g. homeless youth.
  • Indicated Preventive Intervention activities targeted at individuals in high-risk environments who have minimal, but visible signs or symptoms of a disorder, e.g. delinquent youth who have been drunk or high on their school campus

All AOD Primary Prevention contracted providers use evidence-based and culturally-relevant practices to achieve program goals and objectives based on the 2013 Alameda County BHCS Strategic Plan for AOD Prevention Services. Several evidence-based programs include Project SUCCESS, Celebrating Families and The Parent Project

In Fiscal Year 13/14, AOD Primary Prevention providers reached 7,747 youth and their families and 1,180 older adults.

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