The Ulster Prevention Council has expanded, allowing us to provide more services.
Lori Rotolo is our new Community Prevention Specialist. She will be working to facilitate cross-sector collaboration to increase the capacity of communities to address local substance abuse issues. In plain English, that means that she will be getting folks together in areas don’t currently have prevention coalitions. She will also work with youth in schools and communities to develop relevant media messages.
We also welcomed Prevention Educator Mary Beth Carpino, who facilitates the PATHS® (Providing Alternative Thinking Strategies) program in two elementary schools in the Kingston school district. The PATHS® curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness, and interpersonal problem-solving skills with elementary school-aged children, as well as to facilitate educational processes in the classroom.
We started an Ulster County Prevention Providers group and had 16 attendees at our first quarterly meeting today.
Some of our other goals for the next months are:
- To hold community forums for youth and adults
- To assist in the formation of a county-wide task force to develop a comprehensive plan to address the prescription drug epidemic
- To assist schools in implementing best practices in substance abuse prevention and intervention
- To implement a comprehensive media plan to reach all sectors of the community
For more information, or to become involved in any of these initiatives, please give us a call at 458-7406.