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Kids and Legalization: Our Kids Deserve Better

The Board of Directors of Youth Connections is committed to the health and safety of our kids by supporting environments where they can thrive. This includes preventing additional access to substances that are dangerous and detrimental to developing brains. Research shows that youth who regularly use marijuana, permanently lose up to eight IQ points. Research …

Self Care Corner

By Stacey O’Tremba, Dawson County PFS Stacey attended the session titled “Self Care and Personal Growth: Beyond Bubble Baths and TED Talks” during the virtual CADCA Mid-Year conference and was so moved by some of the tips she learned about, she agreed to share some of them in this month’s Self-Care Corner of the newsletter.  …

WhyTry Curriculum

Mary Miller – Toole County BG An assessment with our Toole County school administrators found that a curriculum was needed to serve as a possible platform for Lunch and Learns for 5th through 8th grade students, in two area school districts.  We searched for a curriculum that was Evidenced-Based providing tools and training to motivate …

PAX Good Behavior Game: Bridging the Gap Between School and Home

By Karen Sylvester, Yellowstone County The Substance Abuse Connect coalition and I began working with Billings School District #2 in the spring of 2019. We had several meetings discussing the PAX: Good Behavior Game, what the data showed ,and how the coalition could support them in that implementation. Once the school saw the data and …

Communities That Care buy-in with Evidence Based Programs (EBP)

By: Edward Szczypinski, Gallatin County Communities That Care (CTC) is a model for engaging the community from the very beginning in the prevention process by taking a systemic approach in guiding community mobilization,data-based community profile, developing a focused, long-range community action plan and building on existing resources and filling any gaps, then choosing evidence based …