Centerstone Kentucky’s Regional Prevention Center is one of fourteen in the state that works to prevent and reduce substance misuse and suicide within our communities. The Regional Prevention Center (RPC) brings together adult and youth community volunteers with state and local policy makers, social service providers, educational staff, public health personnel, business and church leaders and law enforcement representatives. All are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing substance misuse and suicide.
The Regional Prevention Center offers trainings to staff and the general community. The trainings offered provide education and skills necessary for youth and adults to live healthy substance-free lives. By educating the community, we help reduce the incidence of mental illness, substance misuse and related stigmas.
Prevention Specialists Certified by the state of Kentucky and trained in the curriculum, facilitate the trainings. There is a cost to attend some of the trainings to cover materials.
For more information or general questions, contact the Centerstone Regional Prevention Center. Business hours for the Prevention Center are M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A Healthy Journey for Two
“A Healthy Journey for Two” is a FREE two-hour class for women of all ages that covers how tobacco, alcohol and other drugs affect children during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. Pregnant attendees receive multiple chances to win free baby items throughout the class and receive a gift card at the completion of ONE class. Any pregnant woman can attend. Fathers are also encouraged to attend.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIT)
A two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help clinical, non-clinical caregivers and parents recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. After the training, ASIST participants are able to: discuss suicide with someone at risk. Identify risk alerts and develop related safe plans. List resources available to a person at risk. There is a cost to attend.
Early Intervention Program (EIP)
The Early Intervention Program is for adolescents, ages 13-20 who are at risk for, or who may already be experiencing, problems related to alcohol, tobacco or other drug use. The primary goal of EIP is to help youth and their families learn about the risks and consequences associated with alcohol and other drug use. Services include brief assessment, youth and parent education and support sessions, assistance in referring to other needed community resources, case management and follow-up. There is a $60 fee to attend.
Grassroots Community Programs and Services
The Prevention Division offers technical assistance and consultation to grassroots community groups in coalition-building and evidence-based environmental strategies for substance misuse and suicide prevention. Grassroots Community Programs and Services promotes healthy lifestyles and prevention of substance abuse among teens and adolescents.
Guiding Good Choices
This training program is for parents of children in grades 4-8, and can be provided at schools, churches and other locations throughout the region. The program consists of five, two-hour sessions. Parents learn to increase their children’s family involvement and to strengthen family bonds; establish a family position on drugs; teach skills needed by children and adolescents such as effective refusal; provide effective reinforcement and appropriate consequences; use tools to resolve family conflict; and effectively express and control anger.
Mental Health First Aid for Youth, Adults and Public Safety
Mental Health First Aid is an education program designed to improve participants’ knowledge — and modify their attitudes and perceptions — about mental health, substance misuse and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults who interact with youth. Adult Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults helping other adults. The Public Safety curriculum educates first responders. After completing the interactive 8-hour course and passing an examination, participants are certified for two years as a Mental Health First Aider.
Prime For Life (PFL)
PRIME For Life (PFL) is a motivational intervention used in group settings to prevent alcohol and drug problems or provide early intervention. PFL has been used primarily among court-referred impaired driving offenders, but has been adapted for use with military personnel, college students, middle and high school students and parents. Different versions of the program, ranging from 4.5 to 20 hours, with optional activities, are available as a guide for use with various populations.
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach “gatekeepers” (parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, professionals and law enforcement) the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. This brief educational program is designed to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
Screening, Brief Intervention, refferal to treatment (SBIRT)
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. SBIRT is a screening tool used by medical and mental health professionals both clinical and non-clinical. The SBIRT model can provide resources in the area of greatest need. This hour and a half training helps: re-conceptualize how we understand substance use problems, re-define how we identify substance use problems, and re-design how we treat substance use problems.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is an evidence-based, peer-led mental wellness program that has been shown to reduce a number of problems: substance misuse, bullying, violence and mental health crises (including suicidal thoughts and behaviors). This program uses the power of peer social networks to change cultures within a school or organization. Under the guidance of caring adult advisors, a diverse group of identified peer leaders develop messages and activities that promote hope, help and strength throughout the school and beyond.
Staying Connected with Your Teen
Staying Connected with Your Teen program shows parents of teens in grades 7-12 how to improve their family management practices and strengthen the bonds between them and their children, resulting in substance misuse prevention, violence prevention and positive character development. The program features five or six 60-90 minute sessions and provides step-by- step directions for holding family meetings and resolving conflicts. Each topic is covered in a simple, entertaining format so that all types of families can make the program work for them.
Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)
The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) is a curriculum- based health promotion program that aims to help older adults increase their knowledge and awareness of issues related to health and the aging process. The six-lesson WISE curriculum is delivered by trained substance misuse prevention specialists at small-group sessions held weekly over a 6-week period. Each lesson lasts 2-3 hours.
Zero-Tolerance Under 21 DUI Program (ZT)
This specialized program provides services to young people ages 16 -20 who have been charged with state regulation KRS 189A.010(1)(e), with a Zero Tolerance under 21 DUI offense. Young adults must successfully complete all the recommendations as written in their court requirements. Parents are not required to be involved in the program if the young person is 18 or older. Topics covered in the education sessions include: Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs’ effects on physical and mental health, legal aspects of alcohol and drug, drugs and driving impairment, and the advantages of choosing “no use.” There is a $200 fee to attend.