Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) is excited to introduce our newest program – Prevention. Our Prevention program offers a variety of services to the community, schools, preschools, daycares and families to help build resiliency in hopes to prevent the onsite of substance use and mental health.  Prevention focuses on helping people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors. Substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family and fulfill other major life functions. Mental illness and substance use disorders are among the leading conditions that cause disability in the United States. In addition, drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems is critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health.

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C&A, in collaboration with the Stark County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (SMHAR), Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer the following services to the local community: Early Childhood Mental Health

Consultation (ECMHC), Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP) hotline, Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur, Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), All Stars Core, CAST (Coping and Support Training), LifeSkills Training, and Stark County Youth Led Prevention (SCYLP).  Please read a brief description of each program:

  • ECHMHC builds protective factors in young children, increases skills of parents and promotes the competencies of early childhood providers for children ages birth to six years. ECMHC targets the healthy, social and emotional development of all young children to ensure they thrive and are ready for school.
  • The OPEPP is a free, statewide program that aims to reduce the rate of expulsions in preschool age children. If you are a parent or a provider, please visit the website: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/behavioral-health/for-providers/ohio-preschool-expulsion-prevention-partnership for more information prior to requesting a free consultation, call (844) 678-2227.
  • Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur curriculum strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies. These competencies include understanding and communicating feelings using effective problem-solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills as well as appropriate classroom behaviors
  • Triple P is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent as well as treat behavioral and emotional problems in children ages two- to 12. This program is a nine- week program aimed to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.
  • All Stars Core is a research-based program designed to delay the onset of risky behaviors including drinking, drug use and early sexual involvement. All Stars Core research has shown to have the greatest impact on delaying the onset of risky behaviors with middle school age students. The five All Stars Core strategies are building idealism and a belief in the future; establishing a positive norm; establishing personal commitments to avoid risky behaviors; promoting bonding to school or the group; and promoting positive parent/adult attention.
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  • CAST consists of 12, one-hour sessions facilitated by a prevention specialist who works well with at-risk youth and who has been trained to implement the program. The 12 CAST sessions are usually offered once per week in a middle- or high-school setting as a pull-out program or outside of the school setting by youth-oriented agencies, mental health professionals and community centers. The CAST group is comprised of six to eight students who are invited to participate. CAST can be offered to an entire population (as “universal” prevention), to a high-risk group (“selective” prevention) or to specific at-risk students (“indicated” prevention). C&A offers CAST to eighth-grade and high school aged students. In addition to the education sessions alternative activities are offered to meet the current demands and topics within the community, media or participants of the group.  Additional alternative activities assist with connectivity to the community through service learning and/or youth led groups/activities.
  • LifeSkills Training is an evidence-based prevention program that is uniquely designed to be flexible and interactive. The LifeSkills Training elementary school program consists of eight class sessions, offered once a week for students in third- to- fifth-grade. In addition to the class sessions, the fidelity measurement has increasing significance for evaluation, treatment effectiveness and service administration.  Alternative activities may be offered to meet the current demands and topics within the community, media or participants of the group.
  • SCYLPY members are part of the 86 percent of Stark County students who do not use alcohol. SCYLPY members encourage fellow youth to continue to make positive choices regarding substance use.  Students, who are grouped together, are impacted by countless issues. A few examples include depression, anxiety, bullying, suicidal thoughts and substance use. SCYLP is a safe place for youth to come together and encourage their peers to make healthy decisions through planning and implementing various prevention and leadership development activities.


Sarah Hough
Program Manager