About Us


Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol & Drug Programs, Prevention Services are designed to prevent alcohol and other drug-related community problems using environmental and community change approaches. The mission is to implement effective and sustainable primary prevention initiatives to reduce community alcohol and other drug problems.

We engage many segments of our community including residents, coalitions, a wide range of agencies including law enforcement, medical partners, colleges and universities, and elected officials; all to address the problems posed by alcohol and drugs across Ventura County. Our Prevention Services initiatives include Impaired Driving, Underage and Binge Drinking, Prescription and Over-the-counter Drugs, Marijuana, and Other Drugs of Abuse.

A Snapshot of Community Efforts


  • Initiated the passing of Social Host Ordinances in the cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County to combat underage drinking. These laws hold individuals civilly liable for underage drinking parties by imposing a fine. Read about our Social Host Laws campaign.



  • Published the Rx & Heroin Abuse: Ventura County RESPONDS report in 2014. The Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Workgroup was launched in February 2012 in response to the growing problem of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse in Ventura County. Labeled a nationwide crisis and epidemic, reports from professionals and the community made it clear that this region was far from immune. Confronting prescription drug and heroin abuse was essential to protecting the public health and safety of all citizens, including youth. Read the report.

  • Rx Drug Abuse Summit. At the Summit we look at Local Realities and Local Strategies to understand and address prescription painkiller misuse, abuse and dependence. Read about the event.

  • Talk to parents and youth about prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and help to establish safe disposal bins in local police stations. Read the Rx Disposal Handout.

  • Rx RISK Prescribers Toolkit with materials that may be used to inform patients and staff about the problems and prevention of prescription drug misuse. See the Rx RISK Prescribers Toolkit.


  • Recovery Month Conference 2012 on “Marijuana: What's the Problem? Risks and Realities” focused on an overview of marijuana and local efforts to educate and inform communities about the risks and realities of marijuana misuse. View the Recovery Month Conference 2012 presentations.

  • The Marijuana and Pregnancy Education Campaign is a result of collaboration between Ventura County Behavioral Health and Ventura County Public Health. This is a prevention campaign targeting young women who may be at risk for marijuana use during pregnancy. View the Marijuana & Pregnancy brochure.
  • Developed a slideshow for parents on “Marijuana & Your Kid's Brain.” Discusses the impact of teen marijuana use on the developing brain. View the slideshow.


  • In 2012, the BreakThrough Student Assistance Program (SAP) was implemented in collaboration with the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, CA. This program helps students and their families to navigate through the school system safely and successfully. Read more about the BreakThrough Student Assistance Program.

Contact Us

Prevention Services

(805) 981-6831

1911 Williams Drive, Suite #210
Oxnard, CA 93036

Your Home. Your Fine

What You Need To Know About Teens & Marijuana

Rx & Heroin Abuse: Ventura County RESPONDS

Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Marijuana in Ventura County: A Gateway for Discussion (Second Edition)

BreakThrough Student Assistance Program

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