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Substance Abuse Prevention

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.


Prevention Philosophy

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.

BOARD MEMBERS:
     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
     Lois Barnett
     Artis

                   
STAFF: 
     Ford Kessler, Substance Abuse Coordinator
     Kelly Matlock, JCPH Prevention Services Coordinator
     Julia Danskin, JCPH Community Services Program Coordinator
     Teresa Wirth, Safe Harbor Administrator

                 View the Substance Abuse Advisory Board Meeting Minutes »

  View Report:  Staggering Cost of Substance Abuse in Jefferson County

 

  Resources

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)

 

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative - Chimacum, Washington has been selected to receive support to focus on keeping youth, young adults and others free of  alcohol and other drug misuse, while creating a healthier community. The program is called Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI).  It is a collaboration between Olympic Educational Service District 114,  Chimacum School District and Jefferson County Public Health. It is funded by the state Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). A community coalition has been developed to assess the unique community strengths and needs, canvas existing resources, and develop a strategic prevention plan.  If you are interested in participating in this work, please contact Kelly Matlock, CPWI Community Coordinator at kmatlock@co.jefferson.wa.us, 360-379-4476, or Julia Danskin, CPWI Community Coordinator at jdanskin@co.jefferson.wa.us or 360-385-9420.

 

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

  Contacts:

Email
360.385.9400

* (Cost Benefit Report, 2002 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)

 



 

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