Prevention

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services is proud to have robust Prevention programming to help at-risk youth avoid self-destructive behaviors such as the use of intoxicants, engaging in violent behaviors, and truancy.

CDS is proactive in the areas of prevention and diversion. CDS provides evidence-based prevention programs that reduce individual, family, and environmental risk factors and increase resiliency and protective factors.  These goals are achieved through partnerships in a variety of programs.

  1. Drug-Free Community Coalition Partners include Levy County Prevention Coalition and the Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition.   These coalitions bring professionals, parents, youth, and others together to implement strategic plans to reduce substance abuse.
  2. Evidence-Based Prevention Programs are in various locations including:
  • Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence at Reichert House – CDS provides a full-time staff member to teach these evidence based curriculums to at-risk middle and high school age boys.
  • Too Good for Drugs Program is offered at Williston, Bronson, and Chiefland Elementary Schools in Levy County to children in grades 3-5. Too Good for Drugs teaches students to make sound and healthy choices through developing skills in goal setting, decision making, bonding with pro-social peers, managing emotions, and communication.
  • Too Good for Violence Program is offered at Bronson, Chiefland, and Williston Elementary Schools. Students learn conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, communication, decision making, goal setting, and pro-social peer bonding.
  • Project Success is offered at Williston Middle/High School in Levy County and Lincoln, Bishop, and Westwood Middle Schools in Alachua County. CDS staff teaches youth in grades 6-8 about alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse and make referrals for families that need more support. Project Success includes a parent program.

Staff in the Prevention Department is also available to give presentations to various groups about substance abuse and other topics. To reach the director of Prevention, Gwen Love, call (352) 244-0628 x3831.