RI Student Assistance

The Rhode Island Student Assistance Services is a statewide school-based alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention/early intervention program operating since 1987. RISAS is available in 19 middle/junior high schools and 27 high schools, representing 25 districts.  The Student Assistance Program is based on the national Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) model program Project Success.
The Student Assistance Program/Project Success is located in schools, where adolescents have easy access to highly trained counselors and where alcohol and other drug use-related risk factors, such as drinking at an early age, poor academic performance, deviant school behavior and poor parent-child relationships are more likely to be detected than at home.
Parents, school administrators, teachers and others in the community find Project Success a highly effective model for addressing alcohol, drug and other problems which negatively impact academic performance and attendance.The Rhode Island Regioinal Coalitions utilize many of the Partnership for Success (PFS) programs that aim to reduce substance misuse and strengthen prevention capacity at the state, tribe, and jurisdiction levels. They do this by helping grantees leverage and realign statewide funding streams for prevention. PFS is based on the premise that changes at the community level will lead to measurable changes at the state level. Through collaboration, states and their PFS-funded communities of high need can overcome challenges associated with substance misuse.    RI Student Assistance

Project Lazarus

The Project Lazarus Model is a public health model based on the twin premises that overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are responsible for their own health. The Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components in the “Hub” and seven components that make up the “Spokes.”

This wheel is always in motion since coalitions and communities are always evolving. A coalition may start with a focus in one or two areas and then expand to other areas as the availability of resources changes, community sector engagement increases, or the nature of the problem shifts. Read more..

Check out our local campaign! Count It. Lock It. Drop It.

Project Alert

Seventh and eighth grade curriculum to reduce drug use-online training for teachers, 14 lessons. Read more

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

Wisconsin campaign to encourage adult responsibility with available resources. Public Awareness Tools: Cards for Parents, Community Presentation, Parents Who Host, Lose The Most Logo, Poster, Proclamation, Radio Public Service Announcement/Advertisement, Sample Newsletter Article, Sample Press Release. Read more

Positive Action

Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. An effective implementation begins with a kit for each classroom and a climate kit for school leaders. All grades follow the same six unit concepts, so students across grades can experience the same concepts at the same time. Read more

Think About Pain

Approximately 1.35 million young athletes suffer a sports related injury every year1. Many of these injuries will have some degree of pain associated with them, and will often require pain management over a period of time. 

The South County Prevention Coalition is participating in the pain management awareness campaign thinkaboutpain.com (TAP) which encourages the parents, guardians, and coaches of our athletes to educate themselves on pain medication when they are prescribed to an athlete in our program.   The first step in assuring that our athletes are protected is to consider the following when pain medication is prescribed to an athlete:

  1. Does the prescribed medication have addictive side effects?
  2. Is there an alternative medication available?
  3. Are there drug free alternatives such as physical therapy or exercise available?
  4. Do you know how to properly dispose of the excess?
  5. Can the dosage be reduced over time?
  6. Who will be managing the consumption of the drug?
  7. Will the drug be stored in a manner that prevents access?
  8. Will the athlete being prescribed the medication be an active and aware participant throughout the process?

The South County Prevention Coalition is not suggesting that prescribed opioids cannot be an effective component of pain management; we are simply encouraging you to educate yourself on the risks, expectations, and available alternatives when they are prescribed to an athlete in our program. We encourage you to consult with your physicians, educate yourself on any prescribed pain management treatment, and to monitor athletes throughout the course of any pain management treatment.

Above the Influence

Originally created as a part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Above the Influence has since transitioned away from federal oversight (as of March 2014), and is now a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. Read more

Project Success

Grade 6-12in class activities as well as speakers and professional development designed to help educators integrate specific aspects of character-building (such as perseverance, growth mindset and interpersonal skills) into curriculum and/or classroom management plans. Uses theatre. Read more

It Matters-Kansas

The It Matters website and related educational campaigns are sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services Commission at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Behavioral Health Services works to help communities understand the extent and cause of multiple behavioral health concerns including substance use, depression, suicide and problem gambling. The goal is to empower communities with tools and resources to make a positive change. Alcohol, marijuana, rxdrugs, suicide, gambling.

Their portal makes it easy to order and customize effective, attention-getting campaign pieces, from posters and bookmarks to outdoor billboards and radio commercials. Start by browsing through all the options. Then choose the item or items you want, adding your group name and contact information, if desired. You’ll be able to review proofs and costs before you finalize your order. Printed materials will be shipped to you. The digital and social media pieces, radio commercials and short videos are downloadable for free. You’ll simply click “download” during ordering. You may also download PDFs of printed pieces during proofing. Read more

Lead and Seed

A youth empowered, environmental approach to preventing and reducing alcohol consumption, teen tobacco use, drug use and prescription drug misuse in a community. Read more

Two-Day Training

The two-day, 12-hour, Lead & Seed program training is provided at a local site for a school district or community by a national expert Alutiiq trainer. The training is followed by a community action phase to address local problems. Best practice strategies are tracked in a logic model, blueprint and action plans developed during that training.

TOT (Training of Trainers) 4-Day

Phase I, LEAD, is the “Instructional Phase” when the two-day, 12-hour, training is delivered. The training affects individual change, in an effort to transform individual adolescent knowledge, attitude and skills. It is during this instruction that youth leaders (and the adults who support them) explore the specific local causes and solutions for underage drinking, DUI, prescription drug misuse, teen tobacco use, drugs in their community and bullying.

Phase II, SEED, occurs during the months following the 2-day training. This is the Community Action Phase. During that time period, the action plans and strategies developed during the Lead & Seed training are implemented.

Life Skills

Curriculum for grades 3-12,16+ transitions, and a DVD parent program. Student programs focus on: personal self-management skills, general social skills, and drug resistance skills. Parent programs focus on protective factors and general life skills. Read more

Life of an Athlete

Summer sessions in Lake Placid, Coaches, parent, and community trainings, and school-based programs designed to change the culture of drinking and other drug use within high school sports programs. Read more

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action

A parent and teen (11-16) program taught locally using guide materials to cover: communication, conflict resolution, encouragement, and more. Plus powerful information about preventing problems with drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence. Read more

It Starts With You

This tagline and program was developed by Rhode Island coalitions working with SAMHSA, resulted in these video public service announcements.

(Rhode Island) "It Starts With You" PSA1

(Rhode Island) "It Starts With You" PSA2

(Rhode Island) "It Starts With You" PSA3