School-based Prevention/Intervention for At-Risk Youth: Focuses on major social and psychological factors contributing to poor academic performance and substance use/abuse; targets thousands of the area’s most at-risk students in local schools. A research-based curriculum is taught to 6th – 12th grade students in Dallas County. Presentations for parents on current drug trends. In the last year, The Council trained or provided direct services to approximately 32,000 people in our community. In addition, we reached tens of thousands more by:
- providing resources/materials to students, parents and teachers;
- conducting public awareness campaigns via community events, billboards, public service announcements, and media coverage; and,
- educating teachers, counselors and parents who pass on their skills and knowledge to countless others.
Tina Clemmons - Lead Youth Prevention Specialist
Cydnie Stanley, APS, BS - Prevention Specialist
The Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership (DADPP) is dedicated to creating a community that is informed, engaged, and empowered to prevent youth drug use. Our vision is a culture of healthy, drug free youth in North Texas. Services: Community Forums, Prescription Drug Take Back Initiatives, Red Ribbon Week, BuzzFree PROMises Dress and Suit Giveaway, and Texas School Survey.
Becky Tinney - Community Prevention Coordinator
Telephone: 214-522-8600, Ext. 228
ALOUD is comprised of representatives from schools, universities, health care providers, business, law enforcement, faith-based community, youth, families, youth services, media, government and social services. The coalition uses evidence-based environmental strategies to reduce the incidence and impact of underage and binge drinking, as well as its secondary focuses of marijuana and prescription drug abuse.
The BuzzFree Mission
To encourage and reward healthy choices made by high school students in our community. We seek to prevent and reduce underage drinking, driving under the influence, and use of other drugs among youth in our community.
The annual BuzzFree PROMises Dress & Tuxedo Giveaway helps local teens obtain attire for prom and includes educational components and a drug-free pledge. In exchange for their pledge, students participate in a variety of workshops and are rewarded with a prom gown, tuxedo, or suit.
Students who participate in the program must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade in a participating school district, hold an academic average of at least a “C,” and have good a record of attendance.
June Deibel, CHES - Community Coalition Coordinator, Alliance on Underage Drinking
Youth 180, Inc. is a non-profit that is dedicated to helping youth find the path to a healthy and productive life. Our services include:
Adolescent Outpatient Substance Use Treatment: Our licensed (Texas Department of State Health Services) treatment program help adolescents (ages 13 – 17) discontinue using drugs. Students receive an assessment, drug tests, and participate in individual, family and group counseling. Treatment services are provided at our North Oak Cliff facility and we offer an "open door" policy that ensures that any teen seeking treatment will be served regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Parent groups provided in English and Spanish.
Positive Directions prevention services are for students in Elementary, Middle and High Schools and provided at no charge. We provide evidence-based prevention education in the classroom, family prevention education programs in the community, alcohol, drug and tobacco presentations, and activities that teach youth how to have positive fun, honor culture and diversity, and master new skills. We also provide screening, problem identification and referral services. Family services provided in Spanish.
We support national drug-free initiatives (i.e. Red Ribbon Week) and conduct presentations at PTA meetings, in classrooms and assemblies. We work with each campus to identify specific needs and provide services for students, counselors, teachers, and parents based on those needs.
Youth 180 also provides several fee-for-service courses that help youth get back on track. Each course focuses on a specific topic: building conflict resolution skills, reducing truancy and theft and preventing drinking and driving.
Vicki Keifer, CPS - Vice President, Prevention Services
Lakeysha Jones-Hill, ACPS - Assistant Program Director for Prevention Services
Angie Harrison - Program Director, Treatment Services
Gina Velez-Lopez, BA, LCDC, CPS, IDAC - Bilingual Treatment Counselor
The Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program is a unique, multi-cultural, evidence-based preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations.The program is designed for males and females, ages 4-17, whose high-risk situations, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for future behavioral health problems including substance abuse, delinquency and violence.The CBSG Program consists of 10 weekly lessons where participants learn coping and social skills to help them face the many challenges of growing up in today’s world such as: new peer groups and relationships, divorce, moving, loss of a loved one, etc. Through engaging, fun and interactive activities, led by a trained facilitator, students learn how to Get Along With Others; Refuse Negative Peer Pressure; Cope Better With Change; Make Healthy Choices; Manage Emotions; and Set and Achieve Goals.
Rainbow Days also offers alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free presentations districtwide to children, youth, and parents. These presentations are offered in both English and Spanish and provide awareness and knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and drug-use, abuse, and addiction and its harmful effects on people and families.
Cindy Wright - Director of Children, Youth & Family Services/Community Connection
Adolescent – Residential: Our adolescent program assists teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The Teen Residential program is based on the 12 steps and addresses issues such as anger management, decision-making, healthy relationships, relapse prevention, physical fitness, and life skills training. Nexus is the only drug treatment facility in Texas that can accommodate a late-term or newly parenting teen. Typical length of stay is between 30 and 90 days. While in treatment clients attend school on site with teachers provided by the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).
Rodney W. Taylor, MA, LPC, LCDC - Director of Adolescent Program
Telephone: 214-321-0156, Ext. 2602
Multicultural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program: The goal of this program is to prevent substance abuse by building positive attitudes, values, behaviors, and skills. Our target population is at-risk refugee and immigrant youth in grades 1-5 or 9-12 and their families that are experiencing problems relating to behaviors that have caused concern in the home, school, and/or community. Youth in grades 1-5 and 9-12 are referred to the classes at schools or community sites by family members, teachers, counselors, after-school program directors, or other social service agencies. Trained Prevention Specialists facilitate either the 10-week Kids’ Connection (grades 1-5) or the 12-week Positive Action (grades 9-12) curriculum on the following topics:
- Value Awareness
- Anger Management
- Goal Setting
- Healthy Decision Making
- Family and Friends
- Refusal Skills
- Problem Solving
Presentations are research-based and age-appropriate for either adults or youth. They consist of hand-on activities with comprehensive audience interaction. Presentations may include the following topics:
- Current Drug Trends (adults only)
- Those Who Host Lose the Most (adults only)
- Tobacco and YOUth (adults or youth)
- Be A Hero, Be Drug-Free (youth)
Kim-Cuong Than, CPS, ICPS - Program Director
Telephone: 214-821-5393, Ext. 232
Community Outreach Department: Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. Leadership Academy: Texas is a school-based program for 7th and 8th grade students, intended to encourage and inspire today’s student leaders. In the academy, students are partnered with their campus counselor and a community based police officer. Using restorative circles, the counselor acts as a facilitator while the officer participates with the students in discussing ethical behaviors and habits of successful individuals. This allows for officers and students discuss their lessons in a safe space. This approach has shown to have significant effect on behavior and academic success.
Law Enforcement Collegiate Academy at Carter High School: Officers teach students various law enforcement topics, review the Texas Penal Code, and provide a demonstrations on the Traffic Code. Students who successfully graduate from this program receive an Associate's Degree from our partner Cedar Valley College.
Derrick Anderson - Community Outreach Officer
Telephone: (972) 925-6823
Tomeka R. Staten - Community Outreach Officer
Telephone: (972) 749-2488
Victoria Tsalikis - Community Outreach Officer
Telephone: (214) 869-0639
Positive Action Curriculum
Our team of in-school prevention specialist/educators teach the renowned Positive Action curriculum which involves a three-step process for learning the material. When a student has a positive thought, it can lead to a positive action which produces positive feelings. The curriculum has at its core the idea that these three steps are the foundation for the overarching philosophy that when students make positive actions, they feel better about themselves. High self-esteem often results in better grades and healthier social interaction. Ultimately, the goal is to equip students with good decision-making skills that prevent them from becoming involved with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The Positive Action curriculum is a kit for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Our prevention specialist educators customize the scripted lessons depending on class size and profile. The goal is to honor the essence of the program which emphasizes actions that promote healthy thoughts, actions and feelings.
Becky Vance - President/CEO
In our teen residential locations, we deliver individualized programs for youth struggling with co-occurring substance use and/or mental health conditions to build the skills needed to succeed during and after treatment and modify high-risk behaviors. Staff members promote an age-appropriate sense of personal responsibility and accountability, conveying empathy and support and helping each teen recognize his or her own unique capabilities and potential.
Our CARF-accredited outpatient services for teens include both intensive (nine-plus hours a week) and traditional (fewer than nine hours a week) options. Both provide individually tailored treatment plans that emphasize family education and encourage the development of community support for continued success after discharge. Services include: comprehensive assessment; individual, group, and family counseling; psycho-educational therapy groups; case management; life-skills education; drug testing; and recreational activities that teach young people ways to have fun while sober. Patients take part in after-school sessions from one day to five days a week, enjoying ongoing engagement and positive activities with an appropriate support group.
Marie A. Brown, M.Ed. - Community Outreach Specialist
Referral Guidelines - PDF
Founded in 1980, MADD’s mission is a nation without drunk and drugged driving. MADD is dedicated to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.
Power of Parents®
MADD’s Power of Parents program equips parents to have intentional and ongoing conversations with their teens about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking. Three out of four teens say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking—so start talking and keep talking until they are 21. PowerTalk 21 day—April 21st—is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol.
Power of You(th)®
MADD’s Power of You(th) program empowers teens to take a stand against underage drinking and drug use, and to never ride with an impaired driver. Two-thirds of underage drinking-related deaths do not include a vehicle. Teens can read real-life stories, learn how to get out of unsafe situations and pledge to protect their friends. Utilizing MADD’s October Activation Toolkit, we can provide resources/materials for student leaders, Educators, School Resource Officers, and Community Partners.
Emma Dugas - Program Specialist
Telephone: 214-637-0372, Ext. 4828