474 W. 200 N. Suite 100
St. George, UT 84770
Below is a list of Specific Programs/Services provided in Washington County:
Campaigns & Community Activities
1. Parents Empowered Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign
- Coordinate media campaign targeting parents. Parents learn that they are the most powerful influence on their children’s behavior. This campaign focuses on specific skills including bonding, boundaries and monitoring. As parents learn to implement these skills, children will be less at-risk for underage drinking and using other drugs. www.ParentsEmpowered.org
2. Utah Methamphetamine Public Awareness Campaign (www.endmethnow.org)
- Coordinate media campaign educating the community on the issue of methamphetamine. The campaign includes engaging the community, teaching how meth impacts the community, what is meth, why it is a problem in Utah, understanding addiction and how to get help. www.endmethnow.org
3. Ribbon Week Activities in all Washington County Schools
- Provide technical assistance and resources to the schools during Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week.
- Collaborate with business community to increase awareness and networking with the schools.
- Provide rewards for pro-social involvement
4. At-Risk Youth /Early Intervention
- Student Assistance, (PEP) a school based personal education program which identifies behaviors and/or situations which put students at-risk. Students are self-referred into the program where risk and protective factors are explored. They participate in an individual and/or group process, which may include active learning, skills development and will provide positive alternatives so each individual, will feel valued and taken seriously. Referrals are made to other professionals when necessary.
- Currently we are serving nine schools in the district. There are between 25-45 students participating at each school, every school year, at any given time. Prevention Specialists track participating student’s grades and attendance. Our overall data shows improvement in both areas.
- Heaton Ranch Retreat: two three-day retreats for At-Risk 7th & 8th grade students who have been selected from PEP program. Retreats will address at-risk behaviors. Specifically focusing on active learning, resiliency and promoting positive youth development.
5. Programs for Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Free the Horses, an eight-part video based Self Esteem Adventure program which teaches children to think and act in ways that build positive self esteem, how to develop a set of values & behaviors that with reinforcement and practice will lead to positive long-term lifestyle changes. Targeted population is 2nd grade. Southwest Center provides technical assistance and resources to teachers who facilitate this program.
- Classroom Presentations:
- Anger Management/Conflict Resolution,
- Refusal Skills,
- Decision Making,
- Problem Solving,
- Internet Safety,
- Media Literacy,
- Communication, and
- other Healthy Life Skills.
6. Governing Youth Council (GYC) – Drug & Violence-Free service groups/clubs at secondary schools.
- Peer Educators from the high school teach presentations on the Prevention of Tobacco & Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management/Conflict Resolution, Internet Safety and Hero’s (a Positive Role Model lesson) at the Elementary Schools 4th through 6th grades.
- Life-skills puppet shows: Age-appropriate life-skills and character education plays.
- State and Regional Youth Leadership Conference: State and five-county Leadership Conferences for Governing Youth Council & other Student Leaders who model Drug and Violence-Free living. Participants use skills to coordinate prevention activities in their schools.
- Service Learning: Students participate in the state service-learning conference. They are then given opportunities to participate in service-learning activities in the schools and community.
7. Phoenix Alliance
Youth anti-tobacco coalition –Secondary students attend leadership and tobacco education trainings, which prepare them to teach younger students about the dangers of tobacco. Participants actively participate in helping change policy and create community awareness on tobacco issues.
8. Counter Advertising (K-12)
Age appropriate presentations discuss the media and advertising and how it affects our culture. Develops critical thinking skills and teaches students how to be better media consumers.
9. Body Imaging
Teaches students about how the media objectifies men and women. Students learn to value themselves and respect others. Addresses eating disorders and other mental health issues associated with body image.
10. Hope for Tomorrow
Partner with PTA and NAMI Utah to provide information and lunchtime forums for students regarding eating disorders, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. Pine View High School participating. This also includes a mentoring component (Hope Squad) where participants are selected by their peers. Students are trained to recognize signs of potential problems.
11. Energy Drinks
Teaches about the dangers of energy drinks including how the industry markets dangerous amounts of caffeine to youth. Also how the alcohol industry is associated to the energy drink market and how some drinks actually contain alcohol contents equivalent to that of a beer. Presentation geared toward parents and teachers.
12. Community Life-skills Presentations
Presentations are available for other community organizations as requested including religious, business and private organizations.
13. Provide ATOD Information to the community at health fairs and other community events.
14. Provide Technical Assistance to other agencies, school and community groups.15. Committees, Councils & Service Organizations
- Human Services Council
- Excel-Interagency Advisory Council Meeting
- PTA & PTSA Coordination
- Healthy Dixie
- BBBS – Big Brothers Big Sisters
- DEC (Drug Endangered Children) Coalition
- Communities for Decency
- Washington County Marriage Coalition
- Washington County Prevention Coalition
Prevention Specialist: Jon Butler 435-634-5651
Research Coordinator: Logan Reid 435-634-5652
Secretary: Sara Neilson 435-634-5604
Southwest Behavioral Health Center
Love & Logic Parenting Classes target parents of elementary and/or adolescent children. Curriculum teaches Love & Logic Formula, Raising Responsible Kids, Shared Control, Problem Ownership, Thinking, Decision Making, Let Consequences Do the Teaching & other Positive Parenting Skills. Love & Logic is a six-week course which is taught once a week, Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm. The cost is $45 per individual or couple.
END Tobacco Cessation Program targets youth who have been court- referred for tobacco violations, but is designed for all teenagers struggling with Tobacco use. This is an 8-hour class which is taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm over a 2-week time period. “END” is designed especially for teens. The program builds skills and knowledge concerning tobacco use to help those succeed who want to quit.
Level I (Outpatient Treatment)
Teen Intervene Substance Abuse Treatment Course for Youth
is a tested, time-efficient, evidence-based program for teens(12-19 years) who are struggling with mild or moderate problems in the area of substance abuse. Teen-intervene integrate stages of change theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. This class will be administered in three one-hour sessions which are individual sessions with the adolescent. Session 3 is an individual counseling session with the parent or guardian of the teen. The last session should include a brief wrap-up conversation with both the parent and the adolescent. A ten-day interval is recommended between each session. The cost of this class is $30.00.
Level II (Intensive Outpatient Treatment)
Prime for Life is an alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. A primary goal of PRIME for Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change.
The Teen Prime for Life class is 8 hours and is taught on Tuesday evenings from 4-6 pm. The cost is $50.00
Level I and Level II Teen classes DO NOT require an evaluation unless it is recommended by the courts. However, assessment tools are very effective in providing information which allows us to provide the most effective treatment to meet the needs of each individual client. The cost of an evaluation for teens will be based on a sliding fee scale.
The court recommendation will determine which class the teen will be referred to.
Level II.I (Intensive Outpatient Treatment) Assessment needed
REACH is a substance abuse treatment program which is a partnership with Washington County School District (under the direction of Millcreek High School) that allows students to pursue their academic studies for half of the school day and get substance abuse treatment for the other half. It includes the following components:
-A-CRA (Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach)
-Family Support Network
-Prime Solutions (Prime for Life Intensive Outpatient)
Prime for Life Adult Classes are 5-sessions which are taught weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm. Cost of class is $240.00 and an evaluation IS required before participant can enroll in the class. Cost for evaluation is $50.00