Community Behavioral Health

Prevention Network

School Based Prevention Projects

In 1999, the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse along with the Mayor of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls School District, partnered to provide prevention services in the schools.

Prairie View Prevention Services oversees staff and prevention programming in each high school and middle school in Sioux Falls.

The trained Prevention Specialist/Chemical Dependency Counselor is on-site providing screening, prevention programming and expertise to all school staff on dealing with ATOD issues.

The success of this initial program has led to the expansion of the program into the Rapid City School District and the Spearfish, Lead-Deadwood School District.

The continuum of prevention and intervention services provided to the schools and youth include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Implement researched based or promising practice model programs into schools.
  • Work with school personnel to identify, screen and refer students in crisis due to alcohol and other drug-related issues to appropriate level of care.
  • Complete assessments or screenings of students referred for potential alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling for students experiencing difficulties related to alcohol and drug use.
  • Conduct intensive prevention groups for students who have violated District alcohol and other drug use regulations.  These groups will include a parent participation component.  
  • Facilitate support groups for students with alcohol or drug abuse concerns, provided weekly based on needs of the school, the number of students in need determining the sites/campuses to offer the service. 
  • Assist district staff, as requested by building principal, in the supervision of prevention activities such as IMPROV, Youth to Youth, and SADD.
  • Be an active school team member by providing assistance to school staff to plan, organize and conduct prevention workshops for district personnel and assist with development and implementation of a building prevention plan.
  • Serve as a resource for parents, school counselors, and teaching staff.