Prevention Services2018-07-10T20:06:28+00:00

The ESCSB Office of Prevention Services provides primary substance abuse prevention services through a variety of community- and school-based programs intended to support our communities, individuals, families and youth experiencing high levels of risk.


The risk of developing problem behaviors including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs increases significantly among youth and families who are experiencing social isolation, financial stressors and single-parenthood.

Research shows that prevention programs effectively steer children away from destructive behaviors through early childhood and family strengthening parenting initiatives; mentoring and health education programs and experiential opportunities. Research also demonstrates a clear link between healthy, thriving communities and active community efforts to reduce youth access to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as initiatives that increase the action and advocacy of individuals and communities to respond effectively to adverse childhood experiences, the promotion of mental health and wellness and coordinated community partnerships.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion focuses on community mobilization and advocacy efforts to develop a network of resources that improve the health and well-being of communities by reducing risk factors like access to drugs, homelessness, unemployment,
domestic violence, academic failure, and poor medical health. Through community education, public education and policy advocacy efforts prevention services can make positive changes to systems that support communities and individuals to live healthy, pro-social lives.


The Office of Prevention develops, promotes and delivers nationally recognized, evidence-based programs and services through a sustained comprehensive approach that incorporates home, family, school and community environments.

Programs are provided in a variety of formats including:

Most services are offered in small group sessions of 15-30 participants that range in length from a couple hours to full days and several weeks in length.

Prevention services and activities provide safe, educational, practical, fun and meaningful experiences to youth, families, individuals and organizations in order to enhance and improve positive life and social skills and to develop appropriate peer and community support systems.

Registration and Enrollment

A registration process is required to enroll in all ESCSB Prevention Services and Programs.

To find a training and to register, click on the red button to the right and choose which program or training you would like to attend. Our registrations are handled through Eventbrite for the majority of ESCSB Prevention Services events.

Youth Program – Vision of You

Interested individuals and organizations can call, email, or stop by the ESCSB Office of Prevention to request registration for services or walk-in for assistance. All applicants will be notified in writing and by phone regarding their application status.

Enrollment is based on federally approved criteria for Substance Abuse Prevention Services, program capacity and individual eligibility.

All ESCSB Prevention Services and programming are funded via state and/or federal substance abuse prevention funds, which provide the cost of services to each eligible participant. All materials and information will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

Listed below are the services offered by Prevention Services.


  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Parents Workshop
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid


  • Vision of You: Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Health Education
  • Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices

Community Education:

  • ACE Interface Training: Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • REVIVE! Lay-Rescuer Training (Naloxone training)
  • Opioid Prevention Education
  • Zero Suicide Prevention
  • Counter Tools: Tobacco Prevention Merchant Education
  • Lock & Talk Virginia

Coalition Efforts:

  • Community Partners of the Eastern Shore (CPES)
  • Family Wellness
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Council
  • Rapid Response Team
  • Public Awareness and Resource Assistance Committee
  • Eastern Shore Drug Task Force: Overdose Fatality Review Team
  • Suicide Prevention Task Force
  • Eastern Shore Healthy Communities
Individuals experiencing a crisis should call 911 or
ESCSB Emergency Services call center at 757-442-7707

Upcoming Events

Individuals experiencing a crisis should call 911 or emergency services at 757-442-7707

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Over 2,000

are served annually by the ESCSB.

No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. There is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.

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