Prevention Programming

ACT Raising Safe Kids

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What is ACT? The ACT Raising Safe Kids parenting program is a workshop where parents, caregivers, and parents-to-be meet to to learn more about about parenting children ages 0 - 8.

  • Social & emotional development

  • How children learn violence

  • Adult role modeling of anger management and social problem solving

  • Media violence

  • Effective discipline


For information on how to bring ACT Raising Safe Kids into your community, contact Hope at in Allen, Auglaize, or Hardin Counties or Tabbie at in Union County.

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices is a program developed for parents of youth ages 9-14. Parents will learn specific strategies for promoting healthy behaviors in children and reducing risks that predict adolescent health and behavior problems. Guiding Good Choices is a 5-week interactive workshop for parents.

Each session will cover:

  • Strengthening family bonds

  • Setting clear expectations

  • Reducing Family conflict

  • Teaching children skills to resist peer pressure

In this video, the Arizona Attorney General's Outreach Division explains the program and the positive results it has brought to their families.

​For information on how to schedule GGC, contact Portia at for Allen, Auglaize, or Hardin Counties or Tabbie at in Union County.

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Mental Health First Aid


This evidence-based program is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. There are three program tracks , all for the adult audience, to choose from: Adult Mental Health, Youth Mental health and Public Safety Mental Health. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. 

You learn: 

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. 

  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.  

  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.

  • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.


To organize a training for your group or business, contact Donna at To register for a community training go to



The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a systems-wide approach designed to prevent and reduce bullying throughout the school setting. The multi-component approach involves school administration, school staff, students, parents and the community at large to successfully address bullying in schools. 

The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States. For more information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, contact Donna at


PAX Tools

PAX Tools is a collection of evidence-based, trauma-informed strategies to improve cooperation and self-regulation with youth. PAX Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parents, youth workers, and other caring adults to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive!

To learn more about PAX Tools, contact Beth in Union County at or Hope in Allen, Auglaize, or Hardin Counties at

Refuse, Remove, Reasons (RRR)

Refuse, Remove, Reasons (RRR) is a compelling evidence-based Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (ADAPP) developed by the New York Archdiocese in partnership with Connect with Kids. The objective: To help students build resiliency and make the positive decisions to assure a healthy future – especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
This 5-session multimedia high school curriculum provides new information, encourages self-reflection, and helps students to learn from and support each other while exploring options for responding when it comes to drugs, alcohol and peer pressure. What role does digital learning play? Research proves that video-based instruction is more memorable than the traditional text-based instruction. In context-based video learning, students can form an emotional connection as they see themselves in the real stories shared.

Watch a video about RRR.

For more information, contact Lucy at

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Are you 60 or older and looking for an opportunity to learn how to stay healthy and meet new people? This educational program offers six lessons that cover a wide range of topics. Join us for this fun program, where you'll meet new people and:

  • Learn about the aging process and how to make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Celebrate this exciting stage of life and all the benefits that come with it

  • Discuss risk factors and behaviors you should avoid to stay healthy

  • Examine how alcohol, prescription medications and over-the-counter medications affect seniors differently and how you can avoid problems

  • Learn how to use simple tools to help you feel more empowered about your health and the healthcare you receive


Organize this six-week program within your agency, neighborhood or family! Contact Hope at in Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties or Tabbie at in Union County.

C.I.T. Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are a pre-booking jail diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illness.

Why Do We Need CIT?

CIT equips officers to interact with individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis by:

          - Providing specialized training. Police officers report that they feel under prepared for "mental disturbance" calls and that they encounter barriers to getting people experiencing symptoms quickly and safely transferred to mental health treatment. CIT addresses this need by providing officers with specialized training to respond safely, and quickly to people with serious mental illness in crisis. Officers learn how to recognize the signs of psychiatric distress and how to de-escalate a crisis - avoiding officer injuries, consumer deaths and tragedy for the community. CIT officers learn how to link people with the appropriate treatment, which has a positive impact on fostering recovery and reducing recidivism.

          - Creating a community collaboration. Police officers have become first responders to people with serious mental health illness who may be in a psychiatric crisis. When these crises occur, officers often have no option other than to arrest the individual. Collaboration can facilitate quicker transfer to mental health treatment, reducing the burden on police and corrections. Speedy transfer and treatment saves law enforcement time and money, and reduces the need for costly emergency psychiatric services. For more information, contact Rick at or call 419-549-8530 x109.


Lifelines, a teen suicide prevention program is a comprehensive, whole-school suicide prevention curriculum for implementation in middle school and high school. Lifelines addresses the whole school community by providing suicide awareness and prevention training and local resources for school administrators, faculty and staff members, parents, and students.

Information about suicide and the role of students in suicide prevention is presented in four easy-to-follow lessons. In the process of teaching students how to help a friend, students who may be suicidal themselves will learn the importance of getting help as well. This compelling program is an ideal component to your school's prevention programming.

For more information about Lifelines, contact Lucy at


Stacked Deck


Problem Gambling​​ ​data​ shows that there are 2–3 times more teenagers than adults being diagnosed with Problem Gambling Disorders in Ohio. We often think of the older folks at casinos, but that is not the key issue. Think of youth involvement with basketball brackets, fantasy sports leagues and the glamorization of online poker. Many gambling addictions start here.

The Stacked Deck Program was created for youth 13 –18 and is cost free to you and your group. The Program will take a total of 4 hours to complete and can be presented in multiple time frames to best suit your needs.

To schedule a Stacked deck Program for your group, contact Lucy at

Too Good For Drugs

Too Good for Drugs puts social and emotional learning to work through fun and interactive lessons, building the self-confidence young people need to make healthy choices and achieve success. Taught to children in the third grade, Too Good for Drugs, promotes positive, pro-social attitudes and behavior, while fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence.

Too Good cultivates positive outcomes through the development of:

  • Goal Setting skills

  • Decision Making skills

  • Conflict Resolution skills

  • Effective Communication skills

  • Problem Solving skills

  • Pro-social Bonding

  • Social Emotional Competency

For more information about Too Good For Drugs, contact Lucy at


Project ALERT

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Project ALERT is an evidence-based curriculum that addresses the pro-drug mindset of today's teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain drug-free. The program is presented for eleven-sessions to middle school students to enhance and encourage the use of refusal skills in promoting healthy behaviors including drug-free life choices.

For more information about Project ALERT, contact Beth

Class Action

Class Action is an evidence-based 5 to 6 session curriculum that examines the real-world social and legal consequences involving teens in grades 9 through 12 and alcohol. Students are divided into six legal teams to prepare and present hypothetical civil cases in which someone has been harmed as a result of underage drinking. Using a casebook along with audio taped affidavits and depositions, teens build legal cases that they will present to a jury of their peers. Case topics include: (1) Drinking and Driving; (2) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; (3) Drinking and Violence; (4) Date Rape; (5) Drinking and Vandalism; (6) School Alcohol Policies. 

For more information on Class Action, contact Lucy at


DBT-Steps A


DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) is a universal suicide prevention program that entails a social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum developed by Dr. Mazza, Dr. Dexter-Mazza and colleagues to be implemented in middle and high schools (grades 6-12) in order to teach all adolescents effective emotion regulation, decision making, and problem-solving skills. 


The DBT STEPS-A curriculum includes 20 to 30 sessions (depends on implementation plan) designed to fit within a general education curriculum. Each session is 45 minutes long and schools can choose to hold the program once or twice per week. Skill development sessions from each of the DBT modules include:


  • Orientation & Goal Setting

  • Dialectical Thinking

  • Core Mindfulness 

  • Distress Tolerance 

  • Emotion Regulation 

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

For more information about DBT-Steps, contact Lucy at

Botvin LifeSkills

Botvin's Lifeskills is a highly interactive, skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 9 or 10. Presented to high school students in ten sessions, the research has found that this program cuts drug abuse in half by helping adolescents navigate the challenges of their high school years and preparing them for the independence and responsibilities that they will encounter as young adults.

For more information about Botvin's Lifeskills contact Beth at


SOS Signs of Suicide

Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a two-session suicide prevention program based upon the ACT (Acknowledges, Care, Tell) plan when concerned about suicidal thoughts or actions for self or others. During the instructional period students complete a short depression/suicide screening that is immediately reviewed by trained professionals, where students of concern are called upon to talk with. Students may also ask for further conversation through a card handed out at the end of each session. All student contacts are made within a short time period to safeguard student safety.

For more information about SOS Signs of Suicide contact Beth at