Outreach events are meant to provide education on substance use and addiction issues to the general population of the county. Past events include:
- Multimedia presentations in partnership with the Sheriff’s department
- Speakers at community or service organization meetings
- Participation in prevention-related book signing events
- Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program mentor trainings
These events are an opportunity for dialogue between community members and county staff, and we strive to make these presentations culturally relevant to the communities and organizations served.
In addition, when school is out the Prevention counselor spends time at locations in the community where youth gather to provide outreach and engagement, supportive listening, informal education and screening, and to make referrals for identified service needs.
Informal screenings to help a person determine if they have a problem with substance use can occur at school sites, in the community, at Probation if requested, and at the Substance Abuse Program clinic by appointment. The counselor will gather information on current and past substance use, substance knowledge, problem perception, and risk and protective factors.