Our Parent Organization
Prevention Connections is a program of the Family Guidance Center of Warren County.
In 1998 the Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) program was established through a grant from the NJ Department of Human Services because research shows preventing drug use before it begins is the most cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. After years of developing sustainable prevention strategies within Warren County we have changed our name to “Prevention Connections” which clearly describes how we interact with state/local agencies & government, healthcare professionals, businesses, schools, law enforcement, parents, youth, and the media making inroads in the prevention of drug abuse and creating success stories year after year.
Community Coalitions: In 2012, the Family Guidance Center of Warren County (FGCWC) partnered with the Sussex County’s Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC) who were awarded funds from the New Jersey Department of Human Services to develop a regional coalition to implement evidenced-based addiction and substance abuse prevention strategies. The Warren County Branch for the Coalition of Healthy and Safe Communities was created.
Community Trials Intervention: In 2008, the Family Guidance Center of Warren County (FGCWC) started this is a long-term environmental change program that is working to reduce alcohol abuse (primarily focused on reducing high risk driving) among Warren County Community College and Centenary College students. Community Trials Intervention
LifeSkills Training: A research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. As of April 2014 we are now certifies to “train the trainers”!! Read More
Our Staff and Trainers
Prevention Connections staff is a highly qualified group of professionals trained to facilitate a wide variety of substance abuse programs. Some of these individuals are also qualified to train others within the community to create a sustainable prevention presence within Warren County. Meet Our Staff and Trainers
The Seven Strategies for Community Change
1) Providing Information – Educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements, brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums, web-based communication).
2) Enhancing Skills – Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development).
3) Providing Support – Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals, support groups or clubs).
4) Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers – Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
5) Changing Consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) – Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges).
6) Physical Design – Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
7) Modifying/Changing Policies – Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations).