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Prevention Services

preventionpic4The Healthy Workplace Readiness Project is a prevention initiative for young adults 18 to 25 years old. Recent studies have indicated that the use of illicit drugs is, at least in part, a symptom of urban deprivation and unemployment (Harter, 2000; Watt, 2002). The high unemployment rate for young adults is likely one of the causes for massive amounts of violence and persistently high rates of street drug trafficking and incarceration among young adults. When young adults don’t have jobs, they find something else to do. What they choose to do on their own is not always productive. (Source: Policy Bridge-Pew Center Unemployment Study 2010)
The Healthy Workplace Readiness Project targets males and females 18 to 25 years old who live in communities where there is a high prevalence of drug use and unemployment. The project is designed to provide education that will address the impact of drug misuse and abuse, and how it may affect one’s ability to maintain employment and contribute to a healthy workplace. The Healthy Workplace Project is an evidence-based program that provides a group of five substance abuse prevention interventions for workplace training designed for individuals who are not substance-dependent. The interventions provide training about unsafe drinking, illegal drug use, and illicit opiate and prescription drug use. The Healthy Workplace interventions offer substance abuse prevention materials that focus on the healthy lifestyle practices of workers. The training helps to defuse the stigma of substance abuse and reduce barriers for individuals seeking information or help for substance use disorders.
The training is highly interactive and includes group discussions, videos, role-playing, quizzes, games, and communication exercises. A key to its effectiveness, however, is the provision of information that emphasizes the more immediate, short-term consequences of alcohol and drug abuse and its’ unhealthy impact upon individuals, families and the workplace. The participants are provided with eight weeks of training during four hour sessions that occur twice a week. The participants can begin at any point. The project curriculum enables participants to develop an understanding of the wide range of immediate and lasting effects that alcohol and other drugs can have on one’s physical and mental health and on one’s ability to remain successfully employed.
The Healthy Workplace Readiness Project educational training also involves assisting participants to learn the behaviors that mark the transition to responsible adulthood, including maintaining positive peer relationships, emulating admirable adult behaviors, and engaging in the ongoing pursuit of personal development and healthy lifestyle goals. The Healthy Workplace Project enables participants to develop an understanding of the wide range of immediate and lasting effects that alcohol and other drug abuse can have on the body and its relationship between physical health, mental health and employment.
An experienced Prevention Specialist facilitates the activities and participant trainings for the Healthy Workplace Readiness Project. The Healthy Workplace Readiness Project is provided in a community-based setting at the UMADAOP Lucas County office located at 2447 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. The hours of operation are 8:30am to 8:00pm, Monday-Friday and Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm. Transportation assistance is provided for low-income clients. The Healthy Workplace Readiness Project helps participants develop skills to make informed, healthy decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs, in order to strengthen their capability to have increased opportunities for successful outcomes in the workplace…

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    preventionpic5After school and summer activities are provided for youth to offer pro-social activities for youth. The after-school and summer programs include recreation and entertainment and personal social development programs, particularly those aimed at educational enhancement, increasing self-esteem and cultural awareness, alcohol and drug avoidance, and helping youth to increase their ability to cope with stress and manage social problems.

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      preventionpic6The First Haven Women’s Program has demonstrated effectiveness by providing adult women and adolescent females with specialized prevention, treatment and recovery services. The program serves women that are trying to overcome addiction to alcohol, other drugs, domestic violence, and also those with a family member who is battling chemical dependency. The women served by the First Haven Women’s Program can find comfort, safety and peace of mind in the prevention, treatment and addiction recovery programs that are offered.
      Women who are struggling with issues related to alcohol or drug dependency often feel ashamed and embarrassed. They conceal their problems, fighting a hidden battle that is often hidden from the world around them. The First Haven Women’s Program counteracts this by empowering individuals to overcome feelings of stigma or shame by realizing that with caring and reliable support that they can recover from the setbacks related to their addiction.
      There are several aspects that set The First Haven Women’s Program of UMADAOP Lucas County apart from traditional treatment programs. The program offers a truly modern advanced prevention, treatment and recovery program. The Recovery for Life model offers alternative approaches that have been proven to be effective. The program’s holistic approach to treatment incorporates culturally competent nutrition and exercise programs, cognitive behavioral counseling, gender-specific activities for growth, prevention activities for children, family strengthening sessions and community support that the program continues to provide for clients after they’ve completed the program. The program offers a warm, caring environment and professional staff members who encourages clients to develop unique, individually methods to take control of their recovery options and choices in order to leave their addictions behind.
      The First Haven Women’s Center can help strengthen individuals who feel helpless. A woman can make positive decisions when she uncovers the unique values that matter to her. This allows her to subsequently build immovable inner strength and uncontainable self-esteem. Armed with the means to choose positively, the client’s new-found inner stability is put to practice, as they are faced with unique everyday situations and problems that pertain to their lives. While traditional programs have helped many women to recover from their addictions, we recognize that a predominantly male-driven environment may not always be a comfortable atmosphere for many women that are seeking addiction recovery. The First Haven Women’s Program invites women to understand and believe that there are many pathways to recovery and that it is important for them to help identify the supports that make sense for them on their path to recovery. The Recovery for Life Model is suitable for women of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.
      If you are ready to begin your path to recovery, take the next step by contacting The First Haven Women’s Program at 419-255-4444 today to make an appointment, or feel free to visit the office located at 2447 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo, Ohio.

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        Vision & Mission

        The vision of the StarQuest Off-Site Suspension Program (StarQuest) is to assist students to build emotional and social learning skills that will reduce risk factors that have resulted in on-going misconduct that is inappropriate and/or disruptive. Students will develop positive coping strategies that enable them to reduce the risk associated with truancy and dropping out of school. A key aim of the program is to reduce students that experience repetitive suspensions and to help ensure a smooth transition back into the general education program
        The mission of the StarQuest Program is to provide a community-based, off-site school suspension program designed to help students correct and manage their own behavior by improving emotional and social deficits.

        Program Overview

        StarQuest enables suspended students an opportunity to report to an off-site location and participate in structured, age and grade appropriate, small group behavioral conduct training sessions during the period of their suspension. The students are bound to rules that are similar to in-school suspension rules and they must maintain good behavior, or they will be dismissed from the program. If a student is dismissed, or simply chooses not to attend the program, the student is marked as unexcused from the program during all the days of the suspension, and will not be permitted to make-up any work or tests upon his/her return to their home school.

        StarQuest uses the developmentally appropriate behavior to empower students with the ability to maintain positive self-governance. Additional areas covered include problem solving, positive consequences, anti-bullying, stress reduction, taking responsibility, following rules, finishing tasks on time, staying awake and alert in the class room, accepting teacher feedback respectfully, decision-making, and goal- setting to teach referred students to have a positive self-image in order to learn and take responsibility for their actions.

        The methodology that the program uses to accomplish behavioral change is to provide instruction on acceptable behaviors that the students learn through interactive discussion groups, mock classroom situations and through the reinforcement of consistent messages regarding acceptable behavior. Students are provided opportunities to modify behavior and demonstrate the ability to control their classroom and home conduct within norms of prosocial behavior. The program utilizes curriculum guided activities that provide social skills training with an emphasis on avoiding substance use, anger management, conflict resolution and violence prevention, and gang involvement.

        Students assigned to the program receive a day long, structured interview, assessment and observation related to their conduct violation. This involves completing a Student Attitudinal Survey and a brief consultation with the staff. Students assigned for two or more suspension days or for serious code of conduct violations will complete the first day as was previously described. On the second day and thereafter, their home school will provide academic work from the students’ teachers for each course on their schedule. Student suspensions are for a period of 1-10 days from their home school. Their level of need will be evaluated daily with recommendations to the home school occurring upon completion of their suspension.

        The program starts at 8:00a.m. and ends at 2:30p.m. UMADAOP Lucas County provides student lunches. The lunch period is 11:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Students must arrive on time, and if being picked up, they are to be picked up on time. If a student is more than thirty minutes late without consent, the student will not be accepted on that day. The TARTA public transportation bus stop is within 50 yards of the program site. The program site is located at:

        2447 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo Ohio 43607
        Phone: (419) 255-4444

        All StarQuest students are to wear their school uniform. No hats or “doo-rags” are allowed. The use of any personal electronic equipment is not allowed. UMADAOP will not be responsible for any stolen or lost items. UMADAOP will not be responsible for dispensing medications of any type. Students must have their referral and/or intake paperwork completed before services can be offered. Students may also be subject to random searches.


        • To provide a structured environment where consistent supervision and behavioral conduct programming is offered that directly addresses conduct violations in order to increase successful promotion and graduation rates.
        • To reduce recidivism rates for out of school suspension.
        • To improve the safety in the regular public school environment.
        • To reduce the number of students in the community serving out-of-school suspensions without adequate supervision.
        • Improve academic performance, increase attendance and improve discipline.
        • Decrease in number of disciplinary incidents.
        • De-escalation in severity of reported incidents.
        • Decrease in recidivism occurring from repeated conduct violations.
        • Decrease in misconduct referrals..
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          preventionpic3The Circle for Recovery of Ohio (CFRO) is a statewide re-entry program for ex-offenders that is provided to offer availability and access to effective community re-entry services that help ex-offenders avoid the use of alcohol, other drugs and a return to criminal activity. The primary goal of the Circle of Recovery is to help prevent a relapse to criminal behavior and chemical dependency among ex-offenders. The services target chemically dependent adult male offenders that are returning to live under supervised control in Toledo, Ohio upon their release from one of Ohio’s correctional facilities.
          The program is conducted at 2447 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. The program provides a structured array of substance abuse prevention strategies and education related services that include screening consumers, conducting intake interviews, providing individual and group educational sessions, job readiness and personal development training, relapse prevention and warning sign management education, crisis intervention and referrals for screening by appropriate treatment services whenever a need is indicated or requested.
          The offenders served by this program are referred by the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority to receive services that also address specific issues such as domestic violence, victim empathy, community service, child support, family reunification, violence avoidance, anger management strategies and encouragement to maintain regular attendance and involvement with 12-step programs and sponsors. The program works collaboratively with personnel in the criminal justice and in the housing and employment support arenas to help offenders manage a successful re-entry into the community.
          Many offenders have weakened or non-existing family ties, deficits in educational and vocational skills and long standing problems due to alcohol and other drug use, a special emphasis is made to help the participants rebuild and strengthen family ties, upgrade educational and vocational skills and to maintain sobriety from alcohol, drugs and criminal behavior. The program is designed to begin serving offenders prior to their release from the penal institution. The program connects them with mentors who can be instrumental in helping to provide positive guidance to reduce recidivism among parolees who otherwise might have a tendency to fraternize with individuals still involved in drug use, drug trafficking or other criminal behavior.

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            preventionpic2The Healthy Lifestyles Project is a life skills prevention education initiative designed to help low-income women and men ages 18-25 that are at risk for substance abuse, including opiate addiction, prostitution, drug trafficking, problem gambling, hustling lifestyles, gang involvement and other types of criminal involvement.
            The project is designed to help non-chemically dependent adult customers reduce their unhealthy lifestyle risks by acquiring legal and healthy lifestyle habits in order to maintain drug-free lifestyles and responsible parenting. It is intended that the project will be able to help individuals perceive the harm caused by substance use, abuse, prostitution, opiate addiction, problem gambling and other unhealthy activities in order to help them avoid the life entrapping issues of substance abuse, poverty, poor health and loss of parental custody and incarceration.
            Some of the customers that are served by the Healthy Lifestyles Project are young women and men who are homeless or lack regular employment and are possibly engaged in hustling lifestyles.
            The project helps participants to understand the obstacles and life habits one has to overcome in order to acquire and maintain healthy lifestyles.
            The project provides services geared to help improve social competencies, enhanced abilities to resist alcohol, opiates, other drug use, and illegal activities.
            The project also provides life skills training activities that include; alcohol and other drug prevention education, training to prevent problem gambling, hustling and illegal activities, and the avoidance of activities that are harmful to children and families. Some of the customers have young children that might be experiencing school failure, receiving poor or inadequate care, or possibly living with other relatives, or possibly living in a foster home.
            The project offers life skills training designed to help low-income women and men between the ages of 18-25 that are at risk for substance abuse issues related to unhealthy or illegal lifestyles by reducing alcohol and other drug risk factors, earning a GED, completing high school and acquiring gainful employment.
            The project offers four-12 week training periods. The project staff includes a Prevention Specialist whose job duties focus on the development of self-sufficiency skills through group facilitation, information dissemination and the coordination of alternative activities for project customers.
            The project collaborates with GED programs, high schools, community colleges, Lucas County Workforce Development Agency, the Department of Jobs and Family Services, law enforcement agencies, childcare providers, churches, private businesses, homeless shelters and the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority.

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