This NYS OASAS designated ‘Primary and Direct Prevention Program’ funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS), as well as the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), serves children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers.
It’s mission is to offer evidence-based interventions for children and families in order to reduce a child’s risk for developing problem behaviors, substance abuse, and mental disorders. Evidence-based practices (EBP’s) have been shown to decrease risk factors and help families to develop protective factors that prevent the emergence of problem behaviors, substance abuse, and mental disorders in children and adolescents. Examples of protective factors are: good communication skills, problem solving skills, non-coercive parenting skills, family organization, and pro-social skills for children.
Aligned with the prevention services guidelines of the NYS OASAS and NYC DOHMH, this Child and Family Prevention and Wellness Program offers the following EBP’s programing:
- Active Parenting and Parenting Wisely Parenting Skills for parents with children in age groups 1-4, 5-12, and 13-17.
- Strengthening Families Program with groups for parents (parenting skills), children ages 6-11 (pro-social skills), and together (family communication skills).
- Botvin’s Life Skills for middle school age children, and Second Step for early elementary age children – both delivered in after school settings.
To facilitate group attendance, all parent and family groups are No-Fee. In addition, a meal is provided, as well as babysitting, and a metro card, if needed.
The program is staffed by experienced, culturally competent clinicians, who offer services in both English and Spanish. Most program services (i.e. parent and family groups) are offered Monday through Friday in the late afternoon and evening to coincide with the schedules of working parents. Likewise, school based prevention groups are embedded in each school’s after school programming.