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Prevention and Education

Phone: 410-222-6724

Anne Arundel County adolescents and young adults use alcohol or illegal substances that increase their risk for health and social problems, delinquency and diminish their personal achievement. The Behavioral Health Bureau’s Prevention and Education Services works with the community to promote public health by reducing drug and alcohol abuse among young people through evidence-based prevention strategies.

  • Presentations, Training and Exhibits are provided to schools, civic groups, community groups, faith-based programs and parent groups. Information and data presentations are available.
  • The Strengthening Families Program is a 14-session program for parents and their children ages 6-17. The evidence-based program provides a family meal; training in parenting; children’s social and life skills; and training in family relationship skills. View the brochure (PDF).
  • Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Coalitions mobilize the community to decrease underage drinking and substance abuse through environmental strategies.
    • Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse (NLASA) Coalition works in Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie and Pasadena. NLASA can be reached by email at nlasacoalition@gmail.com, by telephone at 443-261-4249, or on Facebook at Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse.
    • South County Bridges to a Drug Free Community (Bridges) works in Churchton, Davidsonville, Deale, Dunkirk, Edgewater, Friendship, Galesville, Harwood, Lothian, Mayo, North Beach, Riva, Shady Side, Tracy’s Landing and West River. Bridges can be reached by email at southcountyannearundel@gmail.com, by telephone at 443-203-8204, or on Facebook at South County Bridges to a Drug Free Community.
    • Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention (WASP) Coalition works in Ft. Meade, Hanover, Jessup, Laurel, Odenton and Severn. WASP can be reached by email at waspcoalition@gmail.com, by telephone at 443-351-7989, or on Facebook at WASP Coalition.
  • Ongoing Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Training and Information
    • Strengthening Families and Second Step facilitator training
    • Enforcement workgroup and underage drinking prevention police training
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Power of Parents workshops
    • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters in middle and high schools
    • Problem Gambling Prevention, SMART Choices Program
    • Play It Safe Program
    • Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM) server training
    • Printed alcohol and substance abuse materials, in various formats
  • The Youth Substance Use Survey Report (2013) data on alcohol and substance use and perceptions among youth 12-20 years of age in Anne Arundel County by ZIP code.

For more information or to request assistance with alcohol and substance abuse prevention programming, call 410-222-6724.

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