Prevention Services

Prevention Services

A spectrum of community and school-based services

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Service Overview

Region Ten Prevention Services offers a range of community and school-based prevention services.  We promote wellness by increasing protective factors for youth and families, and decreasing risk factors that can lead to mental health and substance use concerns.  Our services include:

Expand Prevention Services Community Trainings
Prevention works to increase knowledge and information throughout our community by providing many evidence-based or evidence-supported trainings.

  • Community Resilience Initiative Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Supportive Certification Courses
    • The Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) has developed courses to teach parents, schools, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, and any community member interested in learning more about toxic stress and how individuals and communities build resilience across the lifespan. Find out more at
    • Region Ten offers Course One: Trauma-Informed and Course Two: Trauma-Supportive. Click HERE for FREE courses available to the public.
  • Mental Health First Aid (Youth and Adult)
    • Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
    • The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.
    • The youth Mental Health First Aid course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences/ACE Interface
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences are traumatic events that have long-lasting impacts on children’s mental health and wellbeing. Region Ten offers trainings to increase awareness of ACEs as well as how to build resilience in our communities to combat the negative effects of ACEs.
    • REVIVE! is the opioid overdose and naloxone education program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and community members on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan®). More information can be found here.
  • Youth Tobacco and Nicotine Use Prevention Efforts
    • This presentation from the Charlottesville Tobacco Free Community Coalition (TFCC) helps parents and those working with youth learn about Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, why they are a problem with youth, current statistics, and what can be done to help prevent youth from using them.
  • Additional trainings can be tailored to your needs. If you have a specific training need not identified in this list related to mental health or substance use concerns please email

Expand Prevention Services Family & Community Wellness
The Prevention Team provides multiple services and outreach in our community to promote wellness.

  • The Family Check-Up
    • The Family Check-Up is a brief, strengths-based intervention model for families with children ages 2 through 17. To make a referral, click here.
  • Everyday Parenting
    • Families that complete Family Check-Up may participate in this parenting curriculum tailored to the strengths and challenges of each family.
  • Parent education workshops and trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. To access our current offerings, please check out the Region Ten calendar here.


  • Suicide and Overdose Prevention efforts
    • We currently have drive-thru events to give out safety devices such as lock boxes, firearm locks, medication deactivation bags, and information. These materials can also be ordered through 
    • The Prevention team also works to share information to promote mental health and wellness through commercials, social media, and other media.

Expand Prevention Services Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program is a school-based service that implements school-wide prevention initiatives, presentations and trainings, and offers support to students individually or in small groups to address topics such as stress management, healthy relationships, substance use, and more. Students may self-refer to this program, or be referred through their school counselor, administrator, teacher or parent.

  • Student Assistance Programs are currently located at:
    • Charlottesville City Schools: Buford Middle School, Charlottesville High School
    • Albemarle County Public Schools: Burley Middle School, Community Lab School, Albemarle High School, Western Albemarle High School, Monticello High School
  • Teen Intervene
    • Teen Intervene is a brief intervention for teens who have been identified as showing signs of a problem with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. This service is provided at no cost to students in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County public schools.
  • Email to get connected to your SAP or to request Teen Intervene.

Expand Prevention Services Coalitions/Community Organization
The Region Ten Prevention team is proud to collaborate and promote the work of prevention through our many partnerships and involvement with local coalitions and community groups. These coalitions are actively involved in stigma reduction campaigns, special events, and resource sharing.

  • Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition (CMHWC)
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Council (SPARC)
  • Tobacco Free Community Coalition (TFCC)
  • Charlottesville Area Network Dedicated to Youth Development (CANDYD)
  • Improving Pregnancy Outcomes (IPO)

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Eligibility Criteria
  • Prevention services are free and do not have specific eligibility criteria.

success stories

Region Ten Prevention collaborated with Charlottesville High School to apply for the new teen Mental Health First Aid program and was one of eight schools across the United States to be selected as a pilot site! This incredible opportunity allows 10th grade students to be trained through their Health classes on how to recognize when they or a friend is struggling with their mental health or in crisis, and how to help them talk to a safe and trusted adult.

- Sophomores wearing their “You Can Talk To Me” lanyards after earning their teen Mental Health First Aid certifications. (This image is from:

The SPARC of Hope Walk/Run is a family friendly event that occurs every October to support suicide prevention efforts in our community. It is hosted at the beautiful East End Farms in Louisa County, and regularly has 300+ participants attend. The 2019 SPARC event raised nearly $24,000 to support local suicide prevention education, lethal means safety, and stigma-reduction efforts.

- Runners participating in a recent SPARC event

In the 2018-2019 school year, Region Ten Prevention trained all Fluvanna County Public School staff on Trauma-Informed practices. Over the course of the year, during professional development days, hundreds of teachers, administrators, school counselors, bus drivers, custodians, and other support staff completed the CRI Trauma-Informed Certification course, as well as specific skills training on validation and intervention.

- Region Ten staff training Fluvanna County Public Schools on trauma during pre-service days in August 2018.


You can find answers to our most frequently asked questions about this service here. If you’ve got a question we haven’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Expand Is the Student Assistance Program (SAP) the same as Outpatient Therapy in the school? Is the Student Assistance Program (SAP) the same as Outpatient Therapy in the school?

No, SAP is a prevention service. If a student has mental health or substance use treatment needs, the SAP can help connect them with the appropriate level of care. SAP can provide short-term crisis support, psychoeducation, skills groups, and classroom guidance on topics related to mental health and substance abuse.

Expand Where is the Student Assistance Program (SAP) located? Where is the Student Assistance Program (SAP) located?

We have SAPs at Charlottesville High School, Buford Middle School, Albemarle High School, Western Albemarle High School, Monticello High School, and Burley Middle School/Murray High School. If you are a student or a guardian of a student at one of these schools, the school counselor or administrator can help connect you with the “SAP” at their school or you may email for more information.

Expand Court has referred me to take a parenting class. Would Family Check-Up count? Court has referred me to take a parenting class. Would Family Check-Up count?

The parent education portion that follows Family Check-Up is individualized to your specific family needs, and our prevention specialist would be willing to write a letter when you have successfully completed the recommended education sessions for you to use in court. However, for FCU, you would need to have custody of your child and be able to bring them to the second appointment. FCU cannot be used during the visitation time for non-custodial parents. This is often a barrier for court-referred families and they are unable to use FCU as a result.

Expand Does Family Check Up (FCU) or Student Assistance Program (SAP) cost money? Does Family Check Up (FCU) or Student Assistance Program (SAP) cost money?

No. FCU and SAP are free services, and we do not open a medical record or take insurance information for participants of these programs.

Expand I’m interested in a training on mental health, substance use, suicide prevention, or parenting skills. Who would I talk to about arranging this? I’m interested in a training on mental health, substance use, suicide prevention, or parenting skills. Who would I talk to about arranging this?

Please email so we can determine what training would best fit your needs.


Key resources

Charlottesville Albemarle Youth Opportunity Center
Region Ten Financial/Billing Resources
9-8-8 Lifeline
CSB Directory
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