Our goal is to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse especially alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
Current prevention strategies to help schools include:
- Networking, training and resources for teachers, providers and other caregivers;
- Facilitating parent discussions about substance abuse prevention in the home; and,
- Facilitating youth discussions, youth training and prevention projects.
Back to School Webinars with Sue Badeau
Sue is a national expert on child development, trauma and resilience. Her broad experience includes over 30 years of teaching, being a caseworker and a foster mom/grandmother of 40+!
CTBH has partnered with Sue to offer a series for school staff and other caring professionals.
October 8th, 8-9:30 Peer to Peer Practicum for school staff, Aug 26th webinar not required but may be helpful to watch. RSVP Here!
Nov 12th, 8-9:30 Self Care for Schools and Other Care Givers RSVP Here!
This amazing and FREE curriculum from Maine’s Department of Education has been constructed by professionals with 50+ years of experience in education, student/parent engagement and staff/administrator professional development. These expert-developed lessons are aligned with industry established best practices, are leveraged through an Equity lens and include over 450 modules that cover PreK-12.
InformME is CTBH’s website for marijuana and other drug prevention with local and state information parents and students need if they or someone they know are struggling to understand the harms of marijuana and other drug use.
Maine’s Back to School COVID-19 Toolkit: This Maine Department of Education comprehensive website includes resources for parents, students and schools to help navigate our world with health and safety.
Helping Reduce Your Own and Others Stress is an issue we will be dealing with forever whether it’s a pandemic or just everyday challenges.
During 2020-2021, we have found Gabrielle Treanor’s resources very helpful for ourselves and for youth and parents.
Parent and Student Resources:
- SIRP is a class for youth you may need help with their substance use choices but who are not ready yet for treatment. Contact Gina Brodsky for more info or go directly to our SIRP page.
- InformME is CTBH’s website for marijuana information and includes local youth videos and information parents and students need if they or someone they know are struggling to understand the harms of marijuana or other drug use.
- Partnership to End Addiction is a national online resource for parents and other adults with everything needed from prevention to treatment to a help-line.
- Teen Text line 1-515-TEXT – for peer support
- Statewide Crisis Line: 888-568-1112
- Intentional Peer Support Warmline to speak with staff who have lived experience with mental health conditions: 866-771-9276
- Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
- 211 and 211maine.org can provide general COVID-19 information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources
- Maine Schools Substance Abuse Policy Development Guide a guide to help develop evidence based policies for your school
- Sample School Policy – shared by Kittery Schools
- Sample School Administering Medical Marijuana Form – shared by Kittery Schools
- Tobacco-Free Toolkit For Schools addresses tobacco use and exposure in schools
Educational and Curriculum Resources:
- Maine Prevention Resources for Schools
- Why Scare Tactics Do Not Work
- Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Results
- Evidence Based Practices Resources Center a national database of resources from SAMHSA regarding substance use policies, misuse, treatment and substance use disorder.
FMI, Contact Gina Brodsky at email@example.com or 207-351-2658