Prevention Programs

For Adults

Clean Start

This program is a collaboration with the Healthy Start Coalition, the program provides education about the harm of using drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Topics include pregnancy prevention, pre-pregnancy health and effects of substance use on a growing fetus.

Family Intervention Specialists (FIS)

This program provides a linkage to the Child Welfare System to engage and support substance involved child welfare families’ substance use treatment and recovery with a goal of improving both substance use and child welfare outcomes. FIS provides adult substance use outreach, screening assessment, intervention and case management. The FIS counselor’s role is to be a consultant to, and coordinate with, child welfare and a motivator/supporter for the families.

Living Skills Prevention Program

941-953-0000 or 941-376-1680
A free adult prevention education program offered to any group 18+ in Sarasota County. Living Skills is divided into two unique components: Personal Growth and Practical Guidance. Personal growth covers the internal skills needed to be a positive member of a community while Practical Guidance provides information on the day-to-day external skills needed to live a healthy life. Each individual topic includes four (30-45 minute) sessions. Living Skills is a resource offered to individuals in a group setting. Registration is open to both individuals and organizations with small groups who can benefit from any of these classes, pick one or more topics to be scheduled at your convenience.
Register for a Living Skills Prevention Class

Strengthening Families

This program is offered to families whose children engage in behaviors that might lead to substance use. Education is provided to parents and designed to create awareness of the potential consequences of continued substance use/misuse. The program enhances familial communication skills and provides alternative activities to substance use caregivers who have at-risk youth.

Substance Overdose Services (SOS)

The SOS provides intensive wrap-around services which include medication assisted treatment. The program consists of two teams; a care coordinator and a peer recovery specialist for the purpose of engagement, support and community resources. The program is for Sarasota residents only.


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