About Southwest Prevention
The State of Utah has designated 13 Local Substance Abuse Authorities (LSAA) to provide professional expertise in Substance Abuse Prevention & Education on a local level. Southwest Behavioral Health Center is the Local Authority for the Southwest Five Counties of Utah:full list of Services and Resources provided by Southwest Prevention).
All of our staff have an open-door policy and encourage any-and-all community members to contact them for substance abuse and prevention education services and questions.
474 W. 200 N. Suite 100, St. George, UT 8477
Teresa Willie is a Licensed Prevention Specialist and oversee’s all community-prevention services for Washington County. She is the coordinator for the Washington County Prevention Coalition and facilitates Peer Education Groups in Secondary Schools in the county. Teresa is an advisor for HOPE Squads and Hope for Tomorrow groups in Washington County, and is a sought-after speaker on prevention topics (with expertise in many domains, including Media Literacy and Body Imaging). She has been a guest speaker at the U of U School on Drugs and Alcohol, Girls State, the Utah State Elks Convention, the Women’s Conference in Dixie and many other local events. She has served on the Drug Endangered Children’s coalition, Healthy Dixie, Communities for Decency and the Southern Utah Marriage Council. She has chaired many community events throughout Washington County and has been a frequent guest on several local radio shows. She is the recipient of the Douglas Fetzer Bates Legislative Advocacy Award and received the honorary Lifetime PTA membership award. Teresa is the proud mom of three amazing children. She believes that her family is her greatest accomplishment.
Kaitlin is a Prevention Specialist for Washington County. She currently oversees Student Assistance Programs (PEP) for 3 local secondary schools, providing youth with life skills and coping skills. She is an advisor at Dixie Middle School for the Governing Youth Council (GYC), a service-learning youth group that coordinates drug free activities and promotes positive youth lifestyles. She also manages the Prevention Intern Program at Southwest Prevention. Kaitlin has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Integrated Studies with Emphasis in Criminal Justice and Psychology, from Dixie State University. She also works as a mentor in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program with the Washington County Courts and enjoys being involved in her community.
Sarah is a Prevention Specialist for Washington County. She currently oversees Student Assistance Programs (PEP) for 3 local secondary schools, providing youth with life skills and coping skills. Sarah has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, from Southern Utah University.
Terryll is the Prevention Secretary for Washington County. She coordinates Adult & Youth Prime For Life (PRI) courses, and Parenting Wisely courses taught and run through Southwest Prevention Services. She is also the data coordinator for all prevention programs run through Southwest Prevention, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee on the Washington County Prevention Coalition
245 E. 680 S. Cedar City, UT 84720
LaMar is a Prevention Specialist for Iron County. He is Certified throughSAMHSA and CSAP. LaMar has worked for the Southwest Center since 1994. He started in Garfield & Kane county and is now in Iron County. LaMar lectures annually at the Utah Rural Schools Association Conference and has lectured at the National Association of Recovery Schools, DSAMH Fall Conference and for several other organizations and school districts. He hosts a radio show “An Ounce of Prevention” on KSUB 590 AM, (the program has been on the air for over 17 years and can be heard every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30am.) LaMar spends the majority of his time working in the schools in Iron County, and runs courses in the alternate education programs for youth in custody. “My passion is working in prevention and showing youth there is a better, healthier way.”
Heidi is a Prevention Specialist for Iron County. She currently facilitates thePEP (Personal Empowerment Program) for 3 local secondary schools, providing youth with life skills and coping skills. She has a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from Southern Utah University and has been working with youth for the last 7 years. Heidi is also the coordinator of the Iron County Prevention Coalition, organizes the Iron County Community Family Night and serves on the Advisory Board for Iron County 4-H.
310 S. 100 E. #11, Kanab, UT 84741
Ashley Heaton is the prevention Specialist for Kane County. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University. She is a member of the Local Interagency Council (LIC) and the coordinator of the Kane Community Coalition where she serves as the Catalyst and Vice Chair. Ashley is also a nationally certified trainer for the QPR program, and currently facilitates the QPR suicide prevention training and Mental Health First Aid/Awareness training in Kane County. https://www.facebook.com/KaneCommunityCoalition
75 W. 1175 N. Beaver, UT 84713
Ronda is the Prevention Specialist for Beaver County. Rhonda facilitates thePEP (Personal Empowerment Program), running peer education groups in schools in Beaver County. Rhonda created and is the coordinator of the Beaver County Prevention Coalition, where she helps plan and carry out biannual prescription drug take-back events for the county. She has worked for Southwest Prevention since 2001.
609 North Main, Suite 6, Panguitch, UT 84759
Melissa is a certified and licensed Prevention Specialist through the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). She oversees drug and alcohol prevention in the community and schools. Melissa spends the majority of her time as the chair of the Panguitch Prevention Coalition and oversees Youth Coalition in Panguitch. As chair of the coalition, Melissa has coordinated many community events sponsored by the coalition such as Community Family Night/Town Hall Meetings on underage Drinking, Prescription Drug Take back Events, booths and floats at community events, health fairs, school assemblies and parades. Melissa has also written grants for the coalition and was recently the recipient of the Drug Free Communities grant, along with 3 other grants for underage Drinking and Suicide prevention. She also provides classroom and community presentations on Substance Abuse, teaches tobacco Cessation Classes, Prime for Life DUI Classes, QPR suicide prevention trainings, oversees Parenting Wisely courses and helps with Ponderosa Ranch Personal Empowerment Youth Program. Melissa is the Vice Chair of the Utah Prevention Coalition Association (UPCA). She is also a member of the Local Interagency Council (LIC). Melissa has worked for the Behavioral Health Center since 2004.
Allen is a Regional Director of Prevention for the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, assigned to the Southern Region of Utah. He has a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, Nationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and internationally licensed Prevention Specialist. Allen has spent his entire career working in behavioral health treatment and prevention, and has been with Southwest Prevention for nearly 20 years.
245 E. 680 S. Cedar City, UT 84720