Prevention Services are proactive processes which utilize strategies designed to reduce problems related to mental health and substance abuse. The measures seek to empower individuals and organizations to meet the challenges and transitions of life, by creating and reinforcing healthy behaviors and lifestyles and reducing the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use… and their related issues. These strategies / measures strive to reduce individual, family, and environmental risk factors, increase resilience and enhance protective factors. The programs are evidence-based and seek to accomplish measurable outcomes. This is achieved through the cultivation of individual and community wellness via an individually focused, team or collaborative approach. The strategies’ goals are to alter and impede factors that support the development of substance abuse and mental health problems, and seeks to increase public awareness of healthy options, through information, education, and alternative-focused activities.
SEFBHN funds programs are implemented in the five counties: Palm Beach, Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Martin counties, and address both Children and Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse concerns. Adult services are provided in selected locations within selected communities. Prevention Services for children and families are often provided in public schools and, also, within the community.