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.

Through a diverse range of activities, prevention efforts come alive as part of a planned strategy to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The department offers a wide range of programs designed to help people lead healthier lives and to build stronger communities. Our programs are for people of all ages, from all backgrounds.

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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Youth Programs

  • 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.

    Comments from Parents:

    “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.”

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

    To request this program or for additional information, 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.

  • Positive Action

    Positive Action is a 6-lesson program which encourages students to make positive choices. It works by teaching and reinforcing that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions, and there’s a positive way to do everything. Positive Action is designed to improve academic achievement, school attendance, and problem behaviors.

    To request this program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, 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.

  • Keep A Clear Mind

    Keep A Clear Mind (KACM) is a program geared towards youth in 4th – 6th grades that introduces the topics of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and making good choices, and details the harmful effects and consequences of each substance. Each week, a Prevention Specialist will introduce the weekly topic and students are given a workbook to be completed with a parent or guardian at home. KACM encourages parents and youth to start the discussion of drugs and alcohol prevention.

    To request this program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, 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.

  • We Know BETter

    We Know BETter is educational programming that includes hands-on, interactive lessons about media influences, the disease of addiction, decision making and refusal skills while also raising youth’s awareness of all forms of addiction including gambling. This program is best for youth ages 4th – 9th

    To request this program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, 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.

  • Safe Dates

    Safe Dates is a highly engaging and interactive program designed to stop or prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse between individuals in a dating relationship. Best for grades 6-12, teens learn to recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive relationships.

    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.

    To request this program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, 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.

  • Living With Purpose

    Living With Purpose is a mentoring program designed to cultivate positive leadership and goal setting skills with youth in grades 6-12 experiencing difficulties. Students meet with an adult mentor for a series of 30 minute sessions. Students will focus on: accepting personal accountability and responsibility for his or her life, critical thinking skills, and develop a personal mission statement. 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.

    For additional information, 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.

  • Know Limits

    Best for students in grades 9-12, this engaging and interactive program increases awareness about issues related to high-risk behaviors including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and gambling, through activities such as charades, taboo, word scramble and trivia. This is a one-time presentation.

    To request this program, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, 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.

  • Project Sticker Shock

    Youth in grades 10-12 participate in this awareness campaign by visiting participating stores and place eye catching stickers that display a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21 on alcohol products. By participating in this project, teens are taking a proactive stand against underage drinking.

    For additional information, 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.

  • ATOD Poster Contest

    Students in grades K-8 throughout Delaware County are encouraged to submit lively and colorful artwork for publication in the annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Awareness Calendar. 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. This year was the 30th year for the ATOD Poster Contest and we believe that the most powerful prevention messages are created by our young people as witnessed by the over 300 wonderful posters submitted from 15 schools this year.

    Each school receives a letter detailing the process that they are encouraged to share with their students. Students may submit posters from December through the beginning of March. The 15 winning posters will be featured in the 2019 ATOD Awareness Calendar. A total of 4,000 calendars are distributed to schools, businesses, agencies and community groups throughout Delaware County.

    To view the 2019 ATOD poster contest informational packet, click here!

    For additional information, 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.

  • ATOD Speaking Engagements

    Our prevention staff can tailor speaking engagements to any age or demographic and can provide education on a vast array of ATOD topics.

    To request a speaking engagement, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/HBHSprevrequest

    For additional information, please contact us at 484-444-0412.
    These speaking engagements are coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol.

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP)

    The Student Assistance Program (SAP) 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.

    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.

    For additional information, please contact us at 484-444-0412.

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