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Prevention

AICDAC receives funds from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program (DDAP) and then uses those funds to sponsor various prevention programs throughout the three-county area.

Prevention

AICDAC uses DDAP funds to maximize prevention service delivery based on identified needs and risk factors. There are Six Federal Categories:

  • Information Dissemination
  • Education
  • Alternative Activities
  • Problem Identification & Referral
  • Community-Based Process
  • Environmental
There are three prevention classifications:
  • Universal Prevention Interventions – target general public or whole population
  • Selective Preventive Interventions – target populations whose risk of developing a disorder is significantly higher than average
  • Indicated Preventive Interventions – target individuals in high-risk environments

 

Prevention Objectives

  • Provide education and training in the areas of critical life and social skills such as decision-making, refusal skills, critical analysis of media messages, and the effects of ATOD usage. Presentations are made through Act 211 ATOD education using the evidence based and innovative programs such as Too Good For Drugs, Alcohol and Driving Course, alternative school program, after school skill group, Underage Users’ group, minority youth groups, school personnel presentations, and Teen Leadership Training.
  • Information dissemination activities that provide awareness and knowledge of the nature and extent of ATOD use, ague, and addiction and their effects on individuals, families, and communities. Contacts are made through community health fairs and presentations, media campaigns, public service announcements, phone contacts, pamphlets, brochures and video distribution.
  • Alternative activities that exclude alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use are provided to area residents. Prevention providers coordinate SummerFESTT/Children’s Fair, Summer Plunge, Family Fun Fest, youth swim, Reality Tours, and Recovery recognition activities.
  • Problem identification and referral services aim at identifying those who have indulged in illegal and/or age inappropriate use of tobacco and alcohol and those individuals who have indulged in the first use of illicit drugs in order to assess if their behavior can be reversed through education. Some of these programs include Underage Users’ group, Life Skills groups, and various community/parental requesting for information and training.
  • Community-based services are aimed at enhancing the ability of the community to more effectively provide and participate in prevention services. Local community-based coalition meetings church, and civic group presentations, staff training at housing authorities, domestic violence shelters, and WIC are examples of community-based services that are provided in the area.
  • Environmental activities attempt to establish or change written and unwritten community standards, codes, and attitudes to influence incidence and prevalence of the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs used in the general population. Prevention staff spend direct service hours participating in various committees and coalitions and in contacting local legislatures, school superintendents, and public officials.
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Armstrong-Indiana
Drug and Alcohol Commission

10829 US Rt 422
PO Box 238
Shelocta, PA 15774
724-354-2746