Delaware County Prevention Services

Who we are

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is a leader in providing services and supports for people with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. The Delaware County Holcomb Prevention department is located in Media, PA. Holcomb has been providing evidence-based prevention programs for youth and parents in Delaware County since 1997.

This campaign is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and is funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol.

Delaware County Prevention Services

467 Creamery Way Exton, PA 19340

Locations

Delaware County Prevention Services
info@holcombbhs.org

126 East Baltimore Ave.
Media, PA 19063
ph: 484-444-0412
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Services

  • Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking!

    “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” focuses on educating adults about Pennsylvania’s underage drinking laws and the consequences of breaking those laws. This campaign aims to reduce the number of parents who allow youth to use alcohol at parties and decrease youth access to alcohol.

    In 2015, 20.4% of Delaware County 6th graders who drank alcohol got it from their parents, and 36.6% of Delaware County 8th graders who drank alcohol took it from their homes (PAYS, 2015). Children who drink alcohol in their homes increase their risk for continued drinking in their teenage years, and alcohol related issues later in life.

    Well-meaning parents often host parties for their teens and their teens’ friends thinking that it will be a safer environment, even if alcohol or other substances are present. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal and unsafe for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Underage drinking is illegal, and as a parent, you cannot allow your underage children and their friends to possess or consume alcohol on your property, even with their parent’s permission. Parents can face criminal charges, civil liability, large fines, and even jail time for hosting underage drinking parties. Furthermore, you cannot knowingly allow a person under 21 to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

    “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” is a registered trademark of Drug Free Action Alliance. This project is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems through funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

  • Children & Teen Programs

    Many of our prevention and education programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and unique family settings.  In this section, you will find links to various programs our office provides to children. Thanks to funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol, many of our programs are free to Delaware County residents and school districts.

    BABES: This evidence-based prevention program, designed for K – 2nd grade, provides factual information on alcohol and other drugs, introduces decision making and coping skills, and works to increase each child’s self-awareness.

    Living with Purpose: This is an evidence-based mentoring program designed to cultivate positive leadership and goal setting skills with youth experiencing difficulties.

    ATOD Calendar & Poster Contest: This campaign works to encourage all students to value healthy lifestyles and to think about the consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

    Safe Dates: This evidence-based prevention program is for middle/high school students and is designed to prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse between individuals in a dating relationship.

    Gambling Prevention Programs: We offer numerous gambling prevention programs for youth as well as offer an educational in-service training for professionals.

  • BABES

    The Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) program is a primary prevention program for children, grades K-2nd. BABES provides factual information on alcohol and other drugs, introduces decision making and coping skills, and works to increase each child’s self-awareness. The goal of BABES is to help children enjoy happy, health, drug-free lives. The program incorporates seven fun puppets to introduce factual, non-judgmental information on alcohol and other drugs, decision making and coping skills. BABES is delivered in seven lessons, usually once a week.

    Any school in Delaware County (public or private) may request the BABES program by calling Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. Trained volunteers and staff present BABES to over 500 children each year. In the fall, information is sent to every elementary school in Delaware County. Trained BABES presenters can bring this program to your school at no cost to you, thanks to funding provided by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol.

    The BABES Lessons:

    #1 Self Image and Feelings

    This lesson teaches that it is important to recognize and communicate our feelings. Introduces “self image” and teaches that we are all special.


    #2 Decision Making and Peer Pressure

    Teaches how to recognize peer pressure and presents ways of dealing with it. This lesson teaches steps for responsible decision making.


    #3 Coping Skills

    This lesson teaches that some things can be changed and some cannot. It also touches on the fact that “coping” is taking care of an unhappy situation.


    #4 Alcohol and Other Drug Information

    Lesson 4 explains that alcohol is a drug that affects mind and body. It also talks about the fact that drinking alcohol is against the law until the age of 21 and that it is always against the law to use illegal drugs.


    #5 Getting Help

    It’s OK to fail at first. You can always go back and try again. This lesson teaches that it’s very important to ask for help when you really need it.


    #6 Help for the Child Living in a Chemically Dependent Home

    This lesson teaches that it is wrong for people to hurt children or touch them in ways that makes them uncomfortable. If this happens, we can tell someone we trust.


    #7 Wrap Up

    The previous lessons are reviewed and children receive a Certificate of Completion of the BABES program.

     

    Comments from Parents:

    “I feel that it is important that she hear about it both at home and school as it reinforces the issue.”

    “I feel it is important to teach children early about drugs, alcohol, etc. so they can make good decisions when confronted with a difficult choice and/or peer pressure.”

    “He related stories from the program that helped him understand peer pressure and that drugs are bad.”

    Comments from Teachers:

    “I really enjoyed the BABES program. The kids learn a lot of information–they talk about the key words and puppets throughout the remainder of the year.”

    “I really liked the program. It is very informative and a fun way for the children to learn.”

    “The children enjoyed watching the puppets and the information was on their level.”


    Interested in Becoming a BABES Volunteer?

    BABES Volunteers are always needed to become BABES presenters. Volunteer presenters are provided with training and continuing support from our agency. The requirements are ability to read well, be non-judgmental, transport oneself to school sites and of course, enjoy working with children.

    Who can be a BABES Volunteer?

    Counselors, teachers, parents, police, clergy, scout leaders, elders, business people, and youth can be BABES presenters. If you are a warm, caring, non-judgmental person who is sensitive to the needs of young children, you can be a BABES presenter.

    For additional information, please contact: Cindylou Shaffer at 484-444-0412 or by email at: Cindylou.Shaffer@holcombbhs.org

  • Living With Purpose

    LWP is a FREE evidenced based mentoring program designed to cultivate positive leadership and goal setting skills with youth experiencing difficulties. Students will meet with an adult mentor in a series of 15-30 minute meetings. The students will focus on objectives such as accepting personal accountability and responsibility for their lives, enhancing their critical thinking skills, and developing a personal mission statement.

    A LWP mentor can meet with students a minimum of 15 meetings. During each meeting the mentor will discuss topics such as Getting Clear on Your Goals, Taking Action with Passion, and Improving Your Life. The mentor will also be available to help students get involved in positive school and community based events. Meetings can take place during and after school, at the Holcomb office, or another community based setting depending on the student’s needs.

    How can you refer to Living with Purpose?

    You can refer to LWP through your school’s Holcomb SAP liaison. The SAP Liaison will provide a referral packet and screening tool, which will determine if the youth is appropriate for LWP. LWP Mentors are also available to present to your SAP team and answer any questions you and your team may have.

    Interested in bringing a LWP Mentor to your school?

    Please contact us at:
    Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Prevention Dept.
    126 E. Baltimore Ave. Media, PA 19063
    Phone: 484-444-0412

    Living with Purpose is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems through funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol.

  • ATOD Calendar & Poster Contest

    The goal of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Awareness Poster Contest is to encourage all students to value healthy lifestyles and to think about the consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  We believe that the most powerful prevention messages are created by our young people as witnessed by the close to 700 wonderful posters submitted from 25 schools last year.

    This year was the 29th year for the ATOD Poster Contest. All Delaware County elementary and middle schools (private and public) received information on the calendar contest in November 2016 and submitted entries by March 2017. The 15 winning posters will be featured in the 2018 ATOD Awareness Calendar. 10 copies of this calendar will be mailed to each winner upon publication. A total of 4,000 calendars are distributed to schools, businesses, agencies and community groups throughout Delaware County.

    Questions? Call us at 484-444-0412!

    The poster contest and calendar are coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems through funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol.

  • Safe Dates

    Safe Dates is a 6-session program for middle and high school students and is designed to prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse between individuals in a dating relationship. Safe Dates is an evidence-based program that has been identified as a model program in the National Registry of Effective Programs (NREP), found to be effective in both preventing perpetration and in reducing perpetration among teens already using violence in their dates. Adolescents who have participated in the program are less accepting of dating abuse, have stronger communication and anger management skills, are less likely to gender stereotype, and have a greater awareness of community services for dating abuse.

    Session 1: Defining Caring Relationships

    Through a bingo game and class discussions, students are introduced to the Safe Dates program and they evaluate how they would like to be treated in dating relationships.


    Session 2: Defining Dating Abuse

    Through the discussion of scenarios and the review of statistics, students clearly define dating abuse.


    Session 3: Why Do People Abuse?

    Through large and small group discussions and the review of scenarios, students identify the causes and consequences of dating abuse.


    Session 4: How to Help Friends

    Through a decision-making exercise, a dramatic reading, and the introduction of the “Friend’s Wheel,” students learn why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships and how to help a friend if she or he is in an abusive relationship.


    Session 5: Helping Friends

    Through stories and role-playing, students practice effective skills for helping friends who are victims of abuse or confronting friends who are perpetrators of abuse.


    Session 6: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

    Through a writing exercise, small-group discussions, and scenarios, students learn about gender stereotypes and how these stereotypes can affect dating relationships.


    Session 7: Equal Power through Communication

    Students learn the eight skills for effective communication and practice these skills in a variety of role-plays.


    Session 8: How We Feel, How We Deal

    Through the use of a feelings diary and a discussion of “hot buttons,” students learn effective ways to recognize and handle their anger, so it doesn’t lead to abusive behavior.


    Session 9: Preventing Sexual Assault

    Through taking a quiz and holding a caucus and a panel of their peers, students learn about the issue of sexual assault and how to prevent it from happening.

    For more information on Safe Dates, please contact us at: 484-444-0412.

    This program is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol.

  • Gambling Prevention Programs

    We Know Better: This program is offered in grades 4-6 and 7-9. The curriculum focuses on a variety of topics, such as media influences, skill vs luck, addiction, decision making, and refusal skills.

    Know Limits (High school and College): This program is intended for high school students and up. Designed as a question and answer game to be played in teams, Know Limits includes gambling prevention questions with general interest categories such as charades, taboo, word scramble and trivia. Know Limits increases youth awareness about issues related to gambling and other high-risk behaviors, in a fun way.

    Speaking Engagements: A gambling prevention specialist is available to present an educational presentation for your population. These may include: High risk youth, mental health & drug and alcohol consumers, college students, older adults and the general population.

    Also, Holcomb offers In-Service Training for Professionals which are available upon request to provide a customized overview of problem gambling, screening, and treatment resources for professionals in a variety of fields.

    These programs are available FREE to Delaware County schools, providers & community organizations!

    For additional information or to schedule one of the gambling programs in Delaware County, please contact us at 484-444-0412!

    These programs are coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded through the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol.

  • Parenting Programs

    Holcomb offers a variety of different parenting programs and, thanks to funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, these programs are FREE to Delaware County parents.

    Parenting Wisely

    This program is available in 2 versions; Young Children (for parents of children ages 3-12) and American Teen (for parents of adolescents ages 10-18).  PW provides multiple solutions to common problem behaviors; and critiques effective and ineffective parenting methods.

    Click here for more information

    Power of Parents

    This is a researched based program developed by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The program itself is a 20 minute presentation that equips all parents, grandparents, and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with their teens.

    Click here for more information

  • Overview of Parenting Programs

    Holcomb offers a variety of different parenting programs and, thanks to funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, these programs are FREE to Delaware County parents.

    Parenting Wisely

    This program is available in 2 versions; Young Children (for parents of children ages 3-12) and American Teen (for parents of adolescents ages 10-18).  PW provides multiple solutions to common problem behaviors; and critiques effective and ineffective parenting methods. Click here for more information.

    Children In Between

    Children in Between is an online co-parenting program for divorcing, separating or never married parents. This interactive program offers evidence-based skills to help parents effectively manage issues that come up in co-parenting. It addresses specific stressors that children and parents can be under and offers tools to effectively handle interactions and situations. It is an online program, accessible 24/7, and features video scenarios as well  as guided questions. Click here for more information.

    Power of Parents

    This is a researched based program developed by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The program itself is a 20 minute presentation that equips all parents, grandparents, and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with their teens. Click here for more information.  

  • Parenting Wisely

    Every parent tries to do their best to raise their children to be good adult members of society. Few of us ever receive formal training in parenting skills because they are rarely taught in schools, communities or families. What we tend to do is repeat the kind of parenting which was used by our own parents – but few of our own parents were taught skills! It’s not surprising we often feel frustrated when our best efforts to discipline and teach our kids good behavior result in family disagreements or are ineffective.

    During this interactive workshop, parents will learn how to:

    • Reduce problem behaviors
    • Increase communication & family unity
    • Motivate children toward respectful behaviors
    • Encourage nonviolent conflict resolution

    Parenting Wisely is a FREE interactive parenting program that addresses these and other common problem behaviors!

    Parenting Wisely Young Children is an Evidence-based program proven to help parents learn the skills for the healthy well-balanced raising of children from age 3 to 10. Proven to increase communication and family unity, Parenting Wisely offers well documented and tested solutions and skills that guarantee results!

    You Can Complete Parenting Wisely by:

    Individual appointment: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
    at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
    126 E. Baltimore Ave.
    Media, PA 19063

    To schedule Parenting Wisely, please call us at 484-444-0412.

    Parenting Wisely is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Services.

  • Children In Between

    Children in Between is an online co-parenting program for divorcing, separating or never married parents that is being offered FREE through Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, thanks to funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol.

    This interactive program offers evidence-based skills to help parents effectively manage issues that come up in co-parenting. It addresses specific stressors that children and parents can be under and offers tools to effectively handle interactions and situations. It is an online program, accessible 24/7, and features video scenarios as well as guided questions. Financial problems, long distance parenting, children carrying the message, putting down the other parent, and quizzing children about the other parent are just some of the topics covered in this program.

    Children in Between takes approximately 3- 5 hours to complete and can be done over the course of 30 days. Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes and will resume where stopped. There is access to technical assistance by phone. Upon completion, there is an instant printable certificate.

    Parents in Delaware County can contact Janet Briggs at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems by phone: 484-444- 0412 to access this FREE online program.

    *Please note: parent must have an active email address, computer access, and be able to download Google Chrome.

  • Power of Parents

    Power of Parents is a researched based program developed by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The program itself is a 20 minute presentation that equips all parents, grandparents, and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with their teens.

    The objectives of the program are to

    1. Talk about the problem of teen drinking,
    2. Talk about the role of peers in the problem of teen drinking,
    3. Talk about the role of adults in the problem of teen drinking, and
    4. Talk about the role of parents and preventing teen drinking.

    All who attend the program will receive a free parent handbook that further details what was discussed in the presentation such as, tips for talking to teens and starting the conversation about alcohol, helping teens make good choices, understanding adolescent development, adolescent brain development, and parenting skills/strategies.

    If you are interested in hosting a Power of Parents presentation,
    please contact Ronelle Yanuzzi at 484-444-0412 or by email at: ronelle.yanuzzi@holcombbhs.org

    This program is part of the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success which is funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health,
    Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs and is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems.

     

  • Intervention Programs

    Holcomb’s Intervention Programs are designed to for youth who have a mild to moderate experience with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and for those youth who have barriers in school. Many of these programs are FREE, thanks to funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol Services and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

     Rewind: Explore Your Choices

    Rewind is an evidence- based 3 session program involving individual work with the youth and family.

         Click here for more information

    Student Assistance Program (SAP)

    SAP is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success.

    Click here for more information

  • Rewind: Explore Your Choices

    What is Rewind: Explore Your Choices?

    Rewind: Explore Your Choices is a three session, 1.5 hour (4.5 hours total) program based on the Stages of Change Theory. Youth groups will be engaged in highly interactive activities that: explore the “whys” of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; identify and set goals for behaviors they would like to change, practice those behaviors; and identify the areas that might require more support along with where to go for additional resources.

    How Does Rewind: Explore Your Choices Work?

    • Groups meet at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention office located at: 126 E. Baltimore Ave. in Media, PA.
    • Registration is required.
    • Rewind groups meet the first three Tuesdays of every month.
    • The first two sessions are held from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
    • The third/parent session is held from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

    Please note: Youth must attend meeting 1 before attending meeting 2.

    For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at: 484-444-0412

    Rewind is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded through the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health; Division of Drug and Alcohol.

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP)

    What is SAP?

    The Student Assistance Program is a Commonwealth Approved and mandated program in K-12 Pennsylvania schools to help students overcome barriers to their school success and assist students and families in referrals to appropriate resources. Barriers may include substance, tobacco and alcohol use and mental health concerns. A SAP trained group of school professionals work with students and their families in a confidential manner to identify possible obstacles and offer services to help link students with appropriate school- based and/or community resources.

    What does Holcomb do?

    Holcomb offers consultation and technical assistance services to schools to assist SAP teams in the delivery of SAP in their schools, to provide mental health, substance/alcohol screenings to students with emphasis on parent/guardian involvement in the SAP process, to help run evidence-based student groups and make available prevention initiatives.

    Can I get trained in SAP?

    Holcomb is a Commonwealth Approved SAP trainer in Delaware County and offers SAP training during the school year.

    What is SAP Council?

    Holcomb hosts Delaware County SAP Council, which is a network for student assistance school professionals to increase awareness of at risk issues our youth face and to provide education through our monthly guest speakers and share community resources.

    For further information about SAP, please contact Marilyn at 484-444-0412.

Community Coalitions

Community Coalitions throughout Delaware County are working towards creating safer environments for our communities by sponsoring, encouraging, and providing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug -free activities and programs.

Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition

The Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition has concentrated on reducing and eliminating exposure to tobacco smoke pollution in Delaware County through awareness campaigns, publications and events in the community. Click here for more information.

Committee On Prevention Education (COPE)

COPE is an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention support program offered to grassroots community groups (Act 211 groups, PTO’s, civic associations, community tasks forces, etc.), post-prom committees, and/or non-profit organizations. Click here for more information.

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Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success Coalition

In 2014, The Office of Behavioral Health of Delaware County was one of five counties awarded a five year grant      called the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partners for Success (PFS). The PFS is a federal to state to county grant to achieve quantifiable declines in state-wide substance abuse rates. Click here for more information.

Overview of Community Coalitions

Community Coalitions throughout Delaware County are working towards creating safer environments for our communities by sponsoring, encouraging, and providing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug -free activities and programs.

Tobacco-Free Coalition

The Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition has concentrated on reducing and eliminating exposure to tobacco smoke pollution in Delaware County through awareness campaigns, publications and events in the community.

Click here for more information


COPE

Committee On Prevention Education (COPE) is an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention support program offered to grassroots community groups (Act 211 groups, PTO’s, civic associations, community tasks forces, etc.), post-prom committees, and/or non-profit organizations.

Click here for more information


Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success

In 2014, The Office of Behavioral Health of Delaware County was one of five counties awarded a five year grant called the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partners for Success (PFS). The PFS is a federal to state to county grant to achieve quantifiable declines in state-wide substance abuse rates.

Click here for more information


Tobacco-Free Coalition

Engage, Educate, Empower

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Since its inception in 1997, the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition (DCTFC) has concentrated on reducing and eliminating exposure to tobacco smoke pollution in Delaware County through awareness campaigns, publications and events in the community. More specifically, the Coalition’s present focus is on reducing tobacco use and smoke pollution in restaurant-bars, homes, cars, workplaces, and lastly, parks and playgrounds.

The mission of the DCTFC is to improve the health and quality of life of all residents of Delaware County by preventing, reducing, and eliminating tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke pollution.

Meeting Dates:

The DCTFC meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00am at:

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
126 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063

The Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition is funded by Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol and by contributions from the community and is partially coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems.


COPE

Committee On Prevention Education (COPE) is an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention support program offered to grassroots community groups (Act 211 groups, PTO’s, civic associations, community tasks forces, etc.), post-prom committees, and/or non-profit organizations to implement activities, educational programming, and school or community events that are specific to preventing youth substance use and/or increasing community awareness of substance abuse issues.

COPE members are able to apply for monies to support their ATOD programs and events through funding provided by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol. This community-based prevention program has supported a variety of activities including: family game nights, drug-free concerts and dances, high school after prom parties, town hall meetings, and evidence-based and parenting programs. COPE events show youth and community members ways to have fun with out the use of drugs and alcohol.

If your organization is interested in applying for COPE funds for drug and alcohol prevention activities,

please contact Taryn Mingey at 484-444-0412 or email her at: Taryn.Mingey@holcombbhs.org

Here is a list of COPE groups who are providing Drug and Alcohol Prevention programs and activities this year:

  • Bethany Baptist Church
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Chester Education Foundation
  • Chichester High School Post Prom
  • Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy
  • Diversity Project
  • East Gateway Triangle
  • Garnet Valley High School Post Prom
  • Haverford High School Post Prom
  • Law Enforcement Chaplains of Delaware County
  • Make Change Group
  • Mt. Pleasant Drug Ministry
  • My Majestic
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Penncrest High School Post Prom
  • PRYSM Youth Center of Delaware County
  • Reach 211 of Garnet Valley High School
  • Ridley Park Police
  • Rose Valley Troop 272
  • Shiloh Baptist Church Drug and Alcohol Ministry
  • St. Daniels Church Ray of Hope
  • St. Katherine Drexel Youth Group
  • Strath Haven High School Post Prom
  • Sun Valley High School Post Prom
  • Toby Farms Civic Association
  • Upper Darby High School Post Prom
  • VFMAC Drug and Alcohol Task Force
  • VFMAC College

Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF-PFS)

Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success:

In 2014, The Office of Behavioral Health of Delaware County was one of five counties awarded a five year grant called the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partners for Success (PFS). The PFS is a federal to state to county grant to achieve quantifiable declines in state-wide substance abuse rates. The prevention priority for Partners For Success is prescription drug misuse and abuse, as well as underage drinking and the dangers among youth, young adults, and families. Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is coordinating the grant to accomplish the goals and initiatives of PFS, which include:

  • Reduce use and/or onset prescription drug use and underage drinking
  • Diminish the amount of prescription medications available to youth
  • Educate the community about underage drinking and the laws of supplying minors with alcohol
  • Increase community awareness through health promotions, media campaigns, speaking engagements, and awareness events.

“The Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success is funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs and is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems.”

For more information, please contact: Dana Rachko at 484-444-0412 or by email at: Dana.Rachko@holocmbbhs.org


Coalition Initiatives

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most(click here)

“Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” is a public awareness campaign developed by the Drug-Free Action Alliance in 2000. The purpose of this campaign is to educate parents and adults about the health, safety, and legal risks of serving alcohol at teen parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Underage Drinking Laws…..Read More

Community Day (click here)

In the past 30 days, over twenty million Americans over the age of 12 have used an illegal drug. Drug and alcohol abuse affects not only the individual, but the family and the community. Each April we will be celebrating our community’s efforts to reduce the stigma around addiction…..Read More

Heroin Task Force (click here)

The mission of the Heroin Task Force is to provide young people, parents and educators with information regarding the destructive and addictive nature of heroin and abused prescription drugs….Read More


Tobacco Prevention Programs

Our programs are in alignment with the newly released strategic plan for Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.  The plan identifies strategies to address the following five goals:

  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults;
  • Promote tobacco-use cessation among adults and youth;
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke;
  • Identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities; and
  • Enhance Pennsylvania’s role as a nationally recognized leader in tobacco control programs and policies.

Please click here to obtain a copy of the Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Strategic Plan

We are happy to announce that the SEPA Tobacco Control Project has launched the “Teens Above Tobacco” Facebook page!

Click here to view that Facebook page!

Here are the programs:

Operation Storefront

Twenty youth, ages 12 to 18, evaluated over 150 tobacco retailers for six weeks in Chester and Delaware Counties this past May and June. The youth visited gas stations, convenience stores, small grocery markets, and supermarkets all over the county participating in the community awareness project known as Operation Storefront. Click here for more information

Young Lungs at Play! (YLAP)

Through the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Tobacco Control Project and the Health Promotion Council (HPC), Young Lungs at Play is an initiative focused on eliminating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and harmful litter, at local public parks, playgrounds, community centers, organizations, churches, institutions, and other properties. Click here for more information

Tobacco Toolkit

Every day in the United States, nearly 4,000 young people light up a cigarette for the very first time. We are all familiar with the physical diseases caused by tobacco use: cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory ailments. But recent research indicates that nicotine also has devastating effects on the developing brains of children and teenagers and can be linked to brain damage, alcohol and other drug abuse, and mental illness.Click here for more information

Learning About Healthy Living (LAHL)

Learning about Healthy Living (LAHL)  sessions are ran at various clinics, rehabs, etc. throughout Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and Delaware counties. Click here for more information

Fax to Quit

The Fax to Quit program  is an evidence-based, individualized, free counseling to assist an individual to quit smoking that includes weekly phone meetings and in some cases free nicotine replacement medication. Click here for more information

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488


 

Operation Storefront

Twenty youth, ages 12 to 18, evaluated over 150 tobacco retailers for six weeks in Chester and Delaware Counties this past May and June. The youth visited gas stations, convenience stores, small grocery markets, and supermarkets all over the county participating in the community awareness project known as Operation Storefront. The project focused on the successful marketing strategies the tobacco industry uses in order to “recruit” new smokers, 90% of which start before the age of 18. Operation Storefront educates youth on the tobacco industry’s marketing and promotion techniques that were created and used to gain new smokers, maintain current smokers (ensuring brand loyalty) and tempting those who quit tobacco to start using again.

Through Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, two trained prevention specialists transported youth to various tobacco retailers throughout the county. The youth were trained to approach store clerks and managers and educate them on why it is important to recognize the harmful effects tobacco advertising can have on the community. Explaining the location of ads on windows, doors, ceilings, counters, banners, and clock, also known as point-of-purchase (POP), is critically important. Ads are placed where the very young can fully view them – children in strollers for example.

With $1.5 million advertising dollars an hour being spent by tobacco companies, the evidence is clear – tobacco advertising works as intended. It reaches their target age group – youth – seen by the tobacco industry as “replacement” smokers. Holcomb provided each retailer with “We Card” window stickers to reinforce that all tobacco purchasers will be asked for identification prior to sale.

This project was coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention/Education Department, supported by the Health Promotion Council and funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488


Young Lungs at Play! (YLAP)

Through the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Tobacco Control Project and the Health Promotion Council (HPC), Young Lungs at Play is an initiative focused on eliminating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and harmful litter, at local public parks, playgrounds, community centers, organizations, churches, institutions, and other properties.

Young Lungs At Play (YLAP) is a no-cost, tobacco-free program supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is administered by HPC.

The following is a list of Delaware County YLAP participants:

  • Glenolden Borough
  • Mount Pleasant Nursery & Kindergarten in Aston, PA
  • Rocky Run YMCA
  • Swarthmore Borough
  • Upper Darby Township
  • Upper Darby School District
  • Darby Borough
  • Christ Tabernacle Church in Morton Borough
  • Concord Township
  • Sharon Hill Borough

Do you want your borough, township, organization, school district, or agency to be a YLAP participant?

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488


Tobacco Toolkit

Every day in the United States, nearly 4,000 young people light up a cigarette for the very first time. We are all familiar with the physical diseases caused by tobacco use: cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory ailments. But recent research indicates that nicotine also has devastating effects on the developing brains of children and teenagers and can be linked to brain damage, alcohol and other drug abuse, and mental illness.

Teachers, parents, physicians, and other adults who work with youth need education, training and support that helps them talk to young people about tobacco use in a way that provides a consistent message from many points of view. Preventing youth tobacco initiation and helping those who already smoke or chew quit is imperative.

This comprehensive toolkit includes tools, templates and information on implementing effective policies and procedures to promote a tobacco-free school. Designed for administrators, counselors, social workers, student assistance professionals, and educators, the toolkit is Pennsylvania (PA) specific, and in a convenient downloadable PDF format. It will assist you in implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction. All technical assistance for strengthening your school’s tobacco policy is free.

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488


Learning About Healthy Living (LAHL)

Learning about Healthy Living (LAHL)  sessions are ran at various clinics, rehabs, etc. throughout Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and Delaware counties. These sessions focus on tobacco prevention/education as well as various wellness topics such as physical activity, healthy eating, and stress management. With these sessions we can offer Fax to Quit to participants.

For more information on Fax to Quit, please click here

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488


Fax to Quit

The Fax to Quit program  is an evidence-based, individualized, free counseling to assist an individual to quit smoking that includes weekly phone meetings and in some cases free nicotine replacement medication. We can provide technical assistance to your site to assist in overcoming barriers to program participation.  Simply put, following the brief training, those who are trained will be able to sign staff up for Fax-to-Quit where they can receive the help they need to quit smoking or using tobacco products including 4 weeks of FREE nicotine replacement therapy and phone counseling/coaching.

How Fax to Quit Works

  1. Conduct a brief intervention to determine the individual’s readiness to quit tobacco
  2. Fill out the Fax to Quit referral form to enroll in Quit line services
  3. Fax the Referral Form to PA Free Quit line for contact within 48 hours
  4. Receive confirmation of contact and Fax-back Reports on patient progress (HIPAA-covered entities only)

Benefits to the Participant

  • Coaching available 7 days per week
  • Up to 5 proactive coaching sessions with unlimited inbound calls
  • Assessment with personalized feedback to enhance motivation and commitment
  • Review of quit plan and quit date
  • Education on use of approved or prescribed quit smoking medicine
  • Nicotine replacement therapy for eligible participants if available
  • Self-help quit guide and tailored fact sheets by mail
  • Also effective for spit tobacco users
  • Quit line services available in the English, Spanish and other languages

For more information, or to implement any of these programs in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Schuylkill, or Bucks Counties,

Please contact Kate Genthert by email at Kaitlyn.Genthert@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412

or Danielle Dickerson by email at Danielle.Dickerson@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 610-363-1488

Resources

Holcomb’s Department of Prevention and Education is dedicated to furthering Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) and mental health education in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide a central location with information, training, and education available on a wide variety of issues.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Brochures, pamphlets, articles and papers on drug and alcohol and mental health topics
  • Prevention Specialist providing speaking engagements tailored to your prevention needs
  • Outreach to underserved communities
  • Organize and implement training sessions on specific topics
  • Continuing knowledge of all information currently available
  • Distribute a FREE monthly newsletter about current local and national prevention topics

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

DELAWARE COUNTY GOVERNMENT:

Delaware County Courthouse and Government Center
Provides general information on elected officials, departments and resources, voting, and local, state and federal information.

Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health

PENNSYLVANIA STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

YOUTH HEALTH:

Idealist Kids and Teens
If you’re young, curious, optimistic, seeking help, or looking to help others, this part of Idealist is for you. Find resources and information on how to start a project to help your local and/or global community, information about youth volunteering, nonprofit Web sites for young people dealing with issues like human rights, the environment and the arts and other organizations that can help you with personal questions and problems.

Impact Teen
Impact Teen is part of Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice for Healthy Youth Behavior supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The site contains research and news releases pertaining to substance abuse.

Sara’s Quest
Learn about the brain’s responses to drugs.

Students Against Destructive Decisions
(SADD) is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by focusing attention on the potentially life threatening consequences of destructive decisions involving issues such as not wearing a safety belt, smoking, steroid use, violence, sexually transmitted diseases and suicide.

too SMART to START
The short- and long-term consequences that arise from underage alcohol consumption are astonishing in their range and magnitude, adversely affecting adolescents, the people around them, and society as a whole. When you are armed with the facts, you can choose not to drink alcohol.

The Truth.com
Their objective is to make sure every person gets to know the facts about tobacco.

PARENTING:

National Families In Action (NFIA)

Parents Involved Network (PIN)
Of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA.

The Parent Corps
The Parent Corps is a new drug-prevention initiative of President George W. Bush that acknowledges the power of parents and supports them by giving them the tools they need to keep their children drug-free.

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous is a free twelve-step program for persons concerned about someone else’s drug, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Family Works, Inc
Home of the Parenting Wisely Program

Addiction Studies Program for Journalists
A collaboration between NFIA and Wake Forest University School of Medicine

The New Basics
A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Delaware County Intermediate Unit

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

The Chimes, Inc.
An international multi-service agency, Chimes delivers a wide range of programs, services and supports for nearly 10,000 people of all ages and many levels of ability. The Chimes Family of Services includes agencies in six states, the District of Columbia, and Israel assisting people with disabilities including mental retardation, mental illness and other disabilities by offering the following: Educational Services, Employment, Residential Services, Medical Day Habilitation, Supported Living Services, Clinical Services, Senior Living Services, Substance Abuse Services, Respite Assistance, Prevention and Education Programs, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Training, Psycho-Social Programs, Work Opportunities, Psychiatric Clinics and Placement Assistance.

Northwestern Human Services
(NHS) NHS, a not-for-profit corporation, is a leading provider of community based behavioral health, mental retardation, juvenile justice and other human services to the public sector.

Main Line Health – Behavioral Health
Main Line Health has uniquely designated behavioral health centers, each specializing in a level of care and treatment -and for families coping with issues like psychiatric disorders, addictions or other disorders that affect one’s sense of well being and participation in life.

DRUG & ALCOHOL:

TOBACCO:

Riddle Memorial Hospital – Tobacco Dependency Treatment Program
Riddle Memorial Hospital’s program designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at quitting.

Crozer Keystone Health Systems – “Clear the Air” Program
Free to all community members.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

COMMUNITY:

Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition

The Center Foundation
The Center Foundation (TCF) is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation, located in Media and serving Delaware County. TCF manages three mentoring programs: WomenCare, the Young Parents Support Network (YPSN), and Mentoring and Occupational Strategies Training (M.O.S.T.)

Delaware County Medical Society (DCMS)
A professional organization for physician members (medical and osteopathic doctors), affiliated with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Medical Association

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