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Pre­ven­tion Services

The Pos­i­tive Youth Devel­op­ment Pro­gram (PYDP) pro­motes healthy choic­es for youth ages 10 – 17 through edu­ca­tion, aware­ness of health issues, pol­i­cy change, com­mu­ni­ty col­lab­o­ra­tion, and evi­dence-based pro­grams that sup­port sub­stance abuse prevention.

Fund­ing pro­vid­ed in whole or in part by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Human Ser­vices (IDHS) the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (SAMH­SA), and the Office of Ado­les­cent Health (OAH).

To learn more about the Com­mu­ni­ties for Pos­i­tive Youth Devel­op­ment Coali­tion, vis­it their web­site at www​.cpy​d​coali​tion​.org.

Con­tact Us

Look­ing to con­nect with our Pos­i­tive Youth Devel­op­ment Team?

You can reach us at:

Sher­rine Pey­ton (sherrinep@​kennethyoung.​org or 8472854520), Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lab­o­ra­tion and Pub­lic Resource Development

Nicole Bar­rett (nicoleb@​kennethyoung.​org or 8472854517), Man­ag­er of Com­mu­ni­ty Collaboration

Teen Pregnancy/​STI Prevention

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ty: Hanover Park

Goal: To reduce rates of teen preg­nan­cy and HIV/AIDS/STI trans­mis­sion among 12 – 18 year olds in the ser­vice area by:

  • imple­ment­ing evi­dence-based pre­ven­tion edu­ca­tion in high schools, mid­dle schools, and com­mu­ni­ty settings;
  • cre­at­ing Nation­al Teen Preg­nan­cy Pre­ven­tion Month activities;
  • main­tain­ing a Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil; and
  • main­tain­ing a Com­mu­ni­ty Advi­so­ry Group to ensure ser­vices are rel­e­vant to the community.

Strate­gic Pre­ven­tion Frame­work (SPF)

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ties: Schaum­burg, Hoff­man Estates, and Palatine

Goal: To reduce the alco­hol use rate and con­tribut­ing fac­tors for 8th-12th graders by: 

  • imple­ment­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion cam­paign tar­get­ing parents;
  • imple­ment­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion cam­paign tar­get­ing adults;
  • pro­mot­ing and sup­port­ing the enforce­ment of local Social Host Ordinances;
  • par­tic­i­pat­ing in SAMHSA’s Nation­al Pre­ven­tion Week activities;
  • advo­cat­ing for school par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Illi­nois Youth Sur­vey; and
  • work­ing with a mul­ti-sec­tor com­mu­ni­ty coali­tion (www​.cpy​d​coali​tion​.org).

Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices (SAPS): Elk Grove Township

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ty: Elk Grove Township

Goal: To reduce alco­hol and non-med­ical pre­scrip­tion drug use rates of 8th to 12th graders by:

  • imple­ment­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion campaigns;
  • imple­ment­ing evi­dence-based pre­ven­tion edu­ca­tion, Too Good for Drugs, in CCSD59 Jr. High Schools;
  • advo­cat­ing for school par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Illi­nois Youth Survey;
  • pro­mot­ing Drug Take-Back programs;
  • cre­at­ing Nation­al Pre­ven­tion Week activ­i­ties; and
  • work­ing with a Youth Advi­so­ry Council.

Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices (SAPS): Schaum­burg, Hoff­man Estates, and Palatine

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ties: Schaum­burg, Hoff­man Estates, and Palatine

Goal: To reduce alco­hol and non-med­ical pre­scrip­tion drug use rates of 8th to 12th graders by:

  • imple­ment­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion campaigns;
  • imple­ment­ing evi­dence-based pre­ven­tion edu­ca­tion, Project Alert, in CCSD54 Jr. High Schools;
  • advo­cat­ing for school par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Illi­nois Youth Survey;
  • pro­mot­ing Drug Take-Back programs;
  • cre­at­ing Nation­al Pre­ven­tion Week activ­i­ties; and
  • work­ing with a Youth Advi­so­ry Council.

Recov­ery-Ori­ent­ed Sys­tems of Care (ROSC)

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ties: Schaum­burg, Hoff­man Estates, Elk Grove, Pala­tine, Hanover, and a por­tion of unin­cor­po­rat­ed Des Plaines

Goal: To improve our community’s con­tin­u­um of care, with a focus on recov­ery ser­vices for vet­er­ans and young adults ages 16 – 24 by June, 2019 by:

  • con­duct­ing a com­mu­ni­ty needs assessment;
  • devel­op­ing a com­mu­ni­ty resource map and list of gaps;
  • cre­at­ing a com­mu­ni­ty out­reach plan con­sist­ing of a first-year imple­men­ta­tion plan, a three-year imple­men­ta­tion plan, and long-term sus­tain­abil­i­ty goals;
  • devel­op­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan direct­ed toward peo­ple in recov­ery; and
  • estab­lish­ing a per­ma­nent com­mu­ni­ty ROSC Council.

Drug Free Com­mu­ni­ties (DFC)

Tar­get Com­mu­ni­ties: Schaum­burg, Hoff­man Estates, and Palatine

Goals:

1. To strength­en col­lab­o­ra­tion in our com­mu­ni­ties through engage­ment of com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, youth, pub­lic and pri­vate non-prof­it agen­cies, as well as fed­er­al, state, and local gov­ern­ments to sup­port the coalition’s efforts to pre­vent and reduce sub­stance use among youth. 

2. To reduce sub­stance use among youth by address­ing the fac­tors in a com­mu­ni­ty that increase the risk of sub­stance use and pro­mot­ing healthy behav­iors and con­di­tions that would con­tribute to: 

  • decreas­ing the 30-day mar­i­jua­na use rate of adolescents;
  • decreas­ing the 30-day e-cig­a­ret­te/­va­p­ing use rate of ado­les­cents; and
  • decreas­ing the 30-day opi­oid use rate of adolescents.

Com­mu­ni­ty-Based Sub­stance Abuse Prevention

The DHS Bureau of Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion pro­vides lead­er­ship and resources to the Illi­nois com­mu­ni­ty-based alco­hol, tobac­co and oth­er drug abuse (ATOD) pre­ven­tion sys­tem. As part of its duties, the Bureau sets direc­tion, defines trends, pro­motes evi­dence-based pre­ven­tion approach­es, and pro­vides fund­ing, train­ing, tech­ni­cal assis­tance and mon­i­tor­ing for qual­i­ty assurance.

The Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion provider sys­tem in Illi­nois has a his­to­ry of qual­i­ty ser­vices. Its focus over the last decade has been to trans­form the ATOD pre­ven­tion sys­tem from one based on activ­i­ties to one based on out­comes. Today, evi­dence-based pro­grams, prac­tices, and poli­cies are at the core of all provider work plan efforts. Providers are expect­ed to adhere to the out­come-based plan­ning process, and are also required to select strate­gies and pro­gram mod­els that have pro­duced some lev­el of evi­dence that they will be effec­tive in achiev­ing their intend­ed outcomes.

Illinois’s ATOD Pre­ven­tion com­mu­ni­ty net­work of 127 providers is one of the Nation’s most com­pre­hen­sive. It includes a mix of local, region­al, and statewide pro­grams housed in both pub­lic and pri­vate agency settings. 

Com­pre­hen­sive Com­mu­ni­ty Based Providers (CBPs) deliv­er pro­gram­ming in their ser­vice area that tar­gets the com­mu­ni­ty at large with empha­sis on impact­ing the envi­ron­ments in which young peo­ple live. Evi­dence-based approach­es that tar­get youth, their peers, fam­i­lies, school envi­ron­ment, and com­mu­ni­ty are imple­ment­ed as part of a com­pre­hen­sive pre­ven­tion plan. Empha­sis is placed on build­ing local part­ner­ships to imple­ment envi­ron­men­tal approach­es that change com­mu­ni­ty norms and poli­cies, and increase the community’s capac­i­ty to sus­tain effec­tive efforts.

Evi­dence-Based Prevention

Evi­dence-based Pre­ven­tion includes strate­gies or pro­grams that have shown through some lev­el of evi­dence that they are effec­tive. The min­i­mal lev­el being a sin­gle pre/​post eval­u­a­tion. These pro­grams are not held to as rig­or­ous an eval­u­a­tion stan­dard as are those that are clas­si­fied by the dis­tinc­tion of being Sci­ence or Research-based.

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