To help prevent substance use problems before they begin, CoveCare Center provides prevention education to students in Putnam County schools and outreach to the public.
Putnam County and surrounding areas have suffered from alarming rates of alcohol use, as well as prescription drug and opioid use—and preventable overdoses—among young people in recent years.
As part of our mission to partner with the community, CoveCare Center offers prevention education in Putnam County schools. Students from elementary to high school receive evidence-based, age-appropriate lessons that help them develop the skills they need to live substance-free lives.
CoveCare Prevention Educators provide evidence-based curriculum in the classroom that build social-emotional awareness and coping skills to reduce problem behaviors with substance use, bullying and violence. Curriculums that are available include:
- Botvin’s LifeSkills Training (LST) is a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program that focuses on targeting the social and psychological factors that initiate risky behaviors rather than simply educating participants on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.
- Mendez Foundation’s Too Good Program focuses on substance use prevention, anger management, violence prevention, conflict resolution, peer relationships, character education, and developing respect for self and others. Lessons utilize puppets like "Carmen the Cool Cat" or include role play to develop skills for healthy decision-making and relationship-building.
- Committee for Children’s - Second Step is an early childhood system based on research and developmentally appropriate practice. Supported by music and videos, take-home activities, and stories, Second Step experiences help instill social-emotional skills in students.
These are universal interventions meant to be taught to entire classes with regularity and to completion. Depending on the program this can be 8-22 lessons. The push-in model can be very effective in implementing these programs with fidelity and have a lasting positive impact on the school.
CoveCare Center’s Substance Use Treatment and Prevention program is fully licensed by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).