Rhode Island Prevention Providers

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The Prevention Unit at BHDDH created a revitalized system for the Prevention Coalitions. There are seven Regional Prevention Task Forces responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of substance use prevention activities within the municipalities that comprise the region.

Each Task Force includes city and town representation, which will ensure that individual communities continue to play an active role in planning and service delivery. The regional Task Forces will provide administrative oversight, funding and other needed resources to support the smaller municipal coalition contributions as part of the larger regional prevention plan. The Task Forces will also act as fiduciary and administrative agents.

Click here for the listing of Rhode Island’s Regional Task Forces.

Click here to see some of the work the Regional Task Forces are working on.

Student Assistance Counselors

Student Assistance is an early identification and referral program for middle and high school students. Master’s Level Student Assistance Counselors deliver an evidence-based program called Project Success that is implemented in 32 Districts and 2 Technical Schools (20 High Schools and 27 Middle Schools).

The goals of the Student Assistance Program/Project Success are to:

  • Enhance the resiliency of adolescents whose parents have a substance use condition
  • Delay adolescents' initial use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Decrease adolescents' use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

A valuable feature of Project Success is its ability to identify and help youth, especially those at high risk, before the onset of alcohol and other drug problems. This early detection and intervention has proven effective in delaying the initiation and use of alcohol and other drugs, and reducing the resultant school/life problems.

Examples of activities performed by Student Assistant Counselors:

  • Prevention Education Sessions
  • Being an Adolescent; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; Relationships: Family and Friends; Skills with coping
  • Short Term Individual & Group Counseling
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics Group; Newcomers Group; Recovery Group
  • Parent Programs – working with the schools
  • Parent Teacher Organization meetings, as well as Parent-Teacher conferences; Student Orientation

For a complete list of participating schools and counselors please click here.