Education / Prevention

School Based Prevention Programs:

Using research-based curricula determined model or exemplary by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), trained ETCADA staff facilitate 6 -10 week drug prevention programs designed to reduce the onset of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth. Teachers, Counselors and Administrators with in our 23 counties can contact our office to arrange sessions for thier school at no charge.  

Youth Prevention Universal:

The YPU program aims to influence all groups through evidenced based curricula to provide prevention education and skills training.

Youth Prevention Selected:

The YPS program serves groups at greater risk of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, utilizing evidence based curricula to strengthen protective factors and deal effectively with risk factors in the lives of youth.

Youth Prevention Indicated:

The YPI program benefits those who are already showing signs of drug involvement or related risk factors, utilizing evidenced base curricula to strengthen protective factors and deal effectively with risk factors in the lives of youth. Family members may also be involved in these services. The program also provides crisis intervention services to participants and their families to intervene in situations which may or may not involve alcohol or drug use but may escalate if immediate attention is not provided.  


Prevention Resource Center (PRC):

A clearinghouse for drug and alcohol prevention information, resources, and expertise. One of eleven in the state, ETCADA hosts the PRC for Northeast Texas. The PRC also serves as the regional headquarters for the 2young2drink campaign against underage drinking. Our team of professionals conducts tobacco compliance checks and education of merchants that sell tobacco to ensure they do not sell to minors and that they have the proper signs /posters alerting the public about the prohibition of the sale of tobacco to minors. We also conduct public education and our team is available as speakers for events and Community Health Fairs, etc.. Teachers, providers and organizations can order materials (brochures, education pamphlets, handouts, videos, CD’s) via our web site on multiple topics at no charge or shipping only.

Community Coalitions:

Our Team of professionals work collaboratively  with concerned and dedicated  members of our local communities to create safe, healthy, drug-free communities. Prevention strategies are utilized to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among young people. Coalition networks provide linkages to social services. Our groups meet regularly and engage in activities that foster the development of health choices and drug resistant kids. You will see us at local health fairs, schools and where ever  the community gathers for events.  We conduct training on leadership and involvement in your community to eliminate illicit drug use. Our members have the opportunity to attend out of town trainings given by the State for youth to help them build the skills needed to lead their peers away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Investing in and building a generation of drug free youth that will some day lead our communities is vital. Become a member, get involved and make a difference in your community. We are here to help you achieve a drug free environment for your youth.