Link to Kid Central: www.kidcentraltn.com
CHOICES (4th-6th Grade): The CHOICES program is offered through partnership with local schools in Tipton, Dyer, Fayette, and Lauderdale counties. This program works with students to develop goal setting skills, communication, self-esteem, peer pressure, and the ability to discern between choices.
Hazeldon Co-Occurring Program (13-17): Students in the co-occurring program are dealing with the challenge of managing mental health symptoms in addition to facing the stress of being a teenager. This program addresses self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues. Offered on demand at the Covington office and in schools.
Project ALERT (13-17): The Project ALERT program is designed for students who may be having problems with anger management, conduct, attitude, peer pressure, and self-esteem. Students in the Project ALERT program discuss communication, self-esteem, internal and external pressures, anger management, and resistance skills. This program is offered at the Ripley location only.
What is "prevention"?
The best way to understand "prevention" is to look at it as a field of support. Mental health professionals and prevention specialists are working towards a common goal: preventing substance use and abuse among children and adolescents. But prevention is NOT just about drug education! Preventing youth from becoming users and abusers requires development of important characteristics like self-esteem, coping skills, and the ability to discern good choices from bad choices. Prevention education integrates the 'big picture' into the program, so that students who participate can make the connection between today's choices and tomorrow's consequences.
Where can I find out more?
PCS offers prevention services through a local team who implements prevention programs in Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, and Fayette counties. Please contact the appropriate staff member listed below in order to talk directly with our prevention staff.
State Information: http://tn.gov/mental/A&D/index.html
National Information: http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/
PCS also works with, Drug Free Tipton, a nonprofit organization committed to lowering drug abuse rates in Tipton County.
For more information please visit, www.drugfreetipton.org
Our prevention programs are offered at no cost to students who participate. These programs are funded by local support and state grants. If you are interested in making a contribution in order to keep these programs in West Tennessee, please contact us for more information.
Taretha Reed, Prevention Specialist (Covington) 901-475-1570
Brandy Whitford, (Somerville)