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
UNDERAGE & BINGE DRINKING PREVENTION
- 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.
- Present educational presentations in local schools to educate staff and parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use and strategies to reduce risks. Read about our Underage & Binge Drinking initiatives.
IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION
- Provide support to cities with an effective management of retail establishments to ensure safe alcohol retail practices. Read about our Responsible Retailer Program.
- Partner with various agencies to address the problem of impaired driving and ways to prevent the tragedies that result. Read about our Impaired Driving campaigns.
- DUI Summits highlighting efforts to reduce DUI's in Ventura County. Read about the DUI Prevention Summit 2011.
- DUI Crashed Car Trailer Exhibit - a mobile DUI prevention exhibit to raise awareness about impaired driving. Read about the DUI Crashed Car Trailer.
- Be the DD and Win and Choose Your Ride Designated Driver campaigns to increase awareness of impaired driving prevention throughout the County. Read more about the Be the DD and Win campaign.
PRESCRIPTION & OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS PREVENTION
- 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.
- Published the 2014 report Marijuana in Ventura County: A Gateway for Discussion (Second Edition). A Gateway for Discussion addresses frequently asked but not easily answered questions that surround the issues of marijuana in Ventura County. Read the report.
- 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.
SCHOOL-BASED STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
- 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.