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 & Binge Drinking, Prescription & Over-the-counter Drugs, Marijuana, and Other Drugs of Abuse.



  • 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.


  • Provide support to cities with an effective management of retail establishments to ensure safe alcohol retail practices.
> Read about our Responsible Retailer Program.

  • 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.


  • 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. 
> Read the report Rx & Heroin Abuse: Ventura County RESPONDS.

  • 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.

  • 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.

> Read about the Safe Opioid Prescribing Media Event.


> 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.

  • 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.

VCkidsFYI: Text News for Parents

  • Text message campaign for parents to get updates about teens, drugs and alcohol. Get the facts. Keep kids safe.
> Read about the campaign.

Contact Us

Prevention Services

(805) 981-6831

1911 Williams Drive, Suite #210
Oxnard, CA 93036

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