The Substance Abuse Prevention program works in collaboration with community partners to prevent the initiation of illegal drug use and misuse of alcohol by providing education and support to individuals, school, families and the community.
JCPH Prevention Programs use a "risk and protective factor" approach as the cornerstone of its efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse. Risk factors are personal, family or community characteristics that increase the likelihood an individual will use alcohol or other drugs. Protective factors are similar characteristics that help insulate individuals from substance-abusing behaviors. These include individual protective characteristics, bonding to family, school, community and/or peers, and healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior: Chart of Risk and Protective Factors.
Substance Abuse Advisory Board
Under the direction of the BOH, The Substance Abuse Advisory Board aims to protect public health within the community by increasing awareness of the impacts of substance abuse and chemical dependency on all citizens in Jefferson County. The board develops and implements cost effective strategies that prevent, intervene, treat and provide aftercare to reduce the significant impacts on our community. This is accomplished by networking within the community and presenting timely and pertinent information.
Frances Joswick (Chair)
Catharine Robinson (Vice-Chair), City of Port Townsend
John Austin (Secretary), Jefferson County Commissioner
Chief Conner Daily, Port Townsend Police Department
Sergaent Michael Evans
Officer Garin Williams
Sam Markow, Jefferson Mental Health
Anne Dean, Jefferson County Community Network
Ford Kessler, Substance Abuse Coordinator
Kelly Matlock, JCPH Prevention Services Coordinator
Julia Danskin, JCPH Community Services Program Coordinator
Teresa Wirth, Safe Harbor Administrator
Prevention in Jefferson County - A handbook for policy makers, program planners and other frontline staff working to keep our community safe and healthy. (March 2005)
Methamphetamine in Jefferson County - Understanding the Impact of Methamphetamine Abuse:Issue Paper and Recommendations (May 2008 )
Prevention Redesign Initiative - Port Townsend is one of 19 communities statewide selected to receive support to focus on keeping youth, young adults and others free of alcohol and other drug misuse, while creating healthier communities. The program is called Prevention Redesign Initiative (PRI). It is a collaboration between Olympic Educational Service District 114, Port Townsend School District, Jefferson County Public Health and Jefferson County Community Network. It is funded by the state Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). Jefferson County Community Network will facilitate the program through a PRI work group. If you are interested in participating in Jefferson County Community Network or the PRI work group, please contact Kelly Matlock, the Prevention Redesign Community Coordinator, at 360-379-4476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Recovery Help Line - The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is funding a website that will provide information on issues related to substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental illness, as well as resources for intervention and treatment. It is free and confidential. It is operated by Crisis Clinic. Also available are downloadable educational resources, a resource page for teens, and a career center page featuring a job and resume board, certification and education, and volunteer and intern opportunities. www.waRecoveryHelpLine.org
911 Good Samaritan Law
* (Cost Benefit Report, 2002 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)