Prevention services promote mental wellness by increasing protective factors of youth and families, and decreasing the risk factors for developing mental health or substance use disorders. Our Family Wellness program focuses on parent education and support, utilizing the evidence-based program Family Check-Up. Family Wellness includes extensive education on trauma, brain development, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through training like the Community Resilience Initiative’s Trauma-Informed Certification and Trauma-Supportive Certification Courses, as well as more individualized parent education through the Family Check-Up program. Other trainings through the prevention department include Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), ACE Interface, and REVIVE! Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Administration. Mental Health First Aid trainings have a minimal cost ($25) associated, but Region Ten is committed to providing a number of free trainings per year so those who cannot afford can attend. Family Check-Up is for guardians of children ages 2-17.
The Student Assistance Program is a school-based service that can work with students individually, with families, small groups, classrooms, and school-wide through special events on topics such as crisis, bullying, stress, relationships, and substance use. Staff use evidence-based programs such as Teen Intervene and Safe Dates to provide psychoeducation and support to students. Students may self-refer to this program, or be referred through their school counselor, administrator, teacher or parent.
Prevention services involve community partnership and collaboration, and this work is often through Coalitions. The Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Council is based at Region Ten, and staff are active participants in other community coalitions such as the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, the Tobacco Free Community Coalition, and CANDYD: Charlottesville Area Network Dedicated to Youth Development. These coalitions are actively involved in stigma reduction campaigns, special events, and resource sharing.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
No. FCU and SAP are free services, and we do not open a medical record or take insurance information for participants of these programs.
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