Livingston Community Prevention Project

  • Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA) is a community-organizing program designed to limit youth access to alcohol and to communicate a clear message to the community that underage drinking is inappropriate and unacceptable. It employs a range of social-organizing techniques to address legal, institutional, social, and health issues related to underage drinking. The goals of these organizing efforts are to eliminate illegal alcohol sales to minors, obstruct the provision of alcohol to youth, and ultimately reduce alcohol use by teens. The program involves community members in seeking and achieving changes in local public policies and the practices of community institutions that can affect youth access to alcohol. The Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) and Its Stops with Students (ISWS) are utilizing CMCA to impact underage drinking and have also expanded the model to address the use of other substances including prescription drugs/opiates, heroin, and marijuana.

 

  • Parents as Partners in Prevention is a collaborative group that mobilizes parents to engage in local substance use prevention efforts by building connections and providing education. Parents work together with the local coalitions to promote non-using norms and provide support and education for parents. The group creates and promotes YouTube videos as well as collaborates to implement Livingston County’s Safe Homes initiative.

 

  • Safe Homes is a community-based parent and adult networking campaign that was created in response to a growing concern among Livingston County residents about the prevalence and perceived acceptance of underage drinking parties hosted by parents. Parents and community-members visit the Safe Homes website, found on www.livingstoncountycommunityalliance.org and www.neversaynevermi.com and take an online pledge stating that they will: Actively supervise all gatherings or parties of youth in their home or on their property or ask another responsible adult for help to do so, Not allow the possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, including recreational prescription drug use, by youth in their home or on their property, Set expectations for their children by knowing where they are going, who they are with, what their plans are, and when they are to return home, Provide a secure storage place for all forms of alcohol and prescription drugs in their home, and talk with any parent of a child they personally observe using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. The parent or community member’s name is published on the websites, letting other parents know that their home is committed to not allowing youth substance use take place, thus being a “Safe Home”.

 

  • Project Sticker Shock (PSS) is a program utilized within Livingston County to reduce underage access to alcohol by educating adult providers. Stickers displaying a warning message about the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors are placed on multipacks of beer and wine coolers in local alcohol retail establishments. The impact of the sticker is increased by local media coverage. PSS helps build relationships between youth, parents, community members, and retailers with the main goal of educating adults over 21 of the underage drinking laws and raising public awareness about underage drinking.

 

  • The Big Red Barrel initiative, founded by the Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA), is a multifaceted approach to raise awareness of prescription drug misuse/abuse. This includes giving residents the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted or unused prescription medication. Often, left over medication is stored at home, providing easy access for misuse/abuse. Prescription medication abuse, especially heavy painkillers, is typically the gateway into heroin use, thus emphasizing the importance of disposing the medication. This program is free with a “no questions asked” policy. A Big Red Barrel can be found in every police department throughout Livingston County, including the Michigan State Police Post and the Livingston County Jail. The program has expanded into surrounding counties as well as throughout the State of Michigan, with a barrel being found in all of the 30 Michigan State Police Posts. The LCPP actively supports the LCCA’s Big Red Barrel initiative and activities.

  • Students Leading Students/Students Taking a New Direction/It Stops With Students (SLS/STAND/ISWS) is a Youth-Led Prevention initiative that provides students from Navigator Upper Elementary School, Pathfinder School, and Pinckney Community High School the opportunity to connect with peers to promote healthy choices and non-using norms. SLS/STAND/ISWS works closely with LCCA and community partners to implement several prevention programs that have been proven to impact substance use and related problems, including Project Sticker Shock, Youth PhotoVoice, and the MOST Teens Don’t Use campaign. SLS/STAND/ISWS allows youth to work side-by-side with adults to have input in the planning and decision making of prevention activities. Using their strengths, youth are able to take ownership for their community while increasing protective factors and promoting overall health and wellness. Please visit our Facebook page for upcoming events @SLS/STAND-It Stops With Students.

 

  • Youth PhotoVoice is a process in which youth capture and record their thoughts and perceptions about a specific topic in order to be seen and heard by those within a community.  PhotoVoice can reflect a myriad of topics and is an opportunity to educate youth while giving them a platform to be heard.  Within Livingston County, Youth PhotoVoice will focus on substance use issues. Youth from Pinckney Community High School, including Students Leading Students and Diane Harris’ photography classes, work together on this event in the Pinckney Community. Plans to expand Youth PhotoVoice into Hartland are under way.  Several meetings are held, facilitated by the Community Prevention Coordinator, utilizing the core components of youth-led prevention education, to maximize the impact on the youth and the community at large. PhotoVoice encourages youth to communicate with one another and generates discussion about youth substance use throughout our community. PhotoVoice pictures are available for public display. For an opportunity to host the PhotoVoice pictures, please contact the PhotoVoice Coordinator, Sandie Parker at Sandra@kbamichigan.com or (248) 343-3769.

 

  • The CBSG (Curriculum Based Support Group) Program is a SAHMSA evidenced based prevention model that currently has 26 groups offered in Livingston County and Whitmore Lake elementary schools. The 12-week model is designed to provide children, ages 4-17, living in high-risk situations, with the skills and support they need to overcome adversity, stay in school, and stay free of drugs, violence, and crime. The model has a focus on learning information and skills that prevent the onset of use/experimentation and interrupt use/experimentation before it escalates to abuse. The curriculum is interactive and essentially the same for all age groups, however activities are targeted for specific ages and developmental levels. Activities are used to engage students, give them tools to abstain from substances, and also teach them about other common issues, such as identifying feelings, handling peer pressure, making friends, building self-confidence, handling change, and learning to use healthy coping skills.  

 

  • Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) which has been implemented in Livingston County for 14 years, is a model program that prevents and reduces adolescent substance use and abuse by using interventions that are effective in reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors. Highly trained professionals (Project SUCCESS Counselors) are placed in each Livingston County public middle and high school as well as 2 alternative schools to provide a full range of substance abuse prevention and early intervention services. This year, Project SUCCESS has been expanded to Whitmore Lake Middle and High School. Services include individual sessions, small group sessions, large group prevention/education discussions and programs, staff training and consultation, and screening, referral, and follow-up with students and families needing substance use treatment or mental health services.

  • The “MOST Teens Don’t” Social Norming Campaign was adapted in 2014 from a campaign by the same name in Jackson County, Michigan as a way to challenge local pro-use norms in our community. The goal of the “MOST Teens Don’t” campaign is to let students, parents, and the broader community know that MOST teens don't use alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and MOST teens don’t abuse/misuse prescription drugs. The campaign uses social norms marketing, which is based on the central concept of social norms theory – that people’s behavior is influenced by their perceptions of what is “normal” or “typical.” The problem is that people often severely misperceive the typical behaviors or attitudes of their peers. This misperception is believed to influence teenagers to use more. In other words, teens may feel pressured to use because they believe that "everyone else is doing it."  The basic idea behind the campaign is to turn this dynamic around by using media messages to inform teens about the true levels of substance use among their peers. Studies show that actual levels of substance use are much lower than teens perceive them to be. Having accurate information about teen substance use is hypothesized to lead to changes in perceptions of using norms and, in turn, may lead to fewer teens using substances. The “MOST Teens Don’t Use” campaign features positive statistics about Livingston county middle and high school students from the Livingston county Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) Survey. The data is used to create messages that inform people within Livingston County that MOST Teens Don’t Use. The entire community follows a standard calendar so that messages are delivered consistently. The messages are placed on posters of various sizes and displayed within schools, churches, libraries, and community organizations across the county. The campaign also includes parent rack cards, banners, email blasts, social media posts, and giveaway items.

Livingston County Prevention Coalitions

FY 2015-16 Program Briefs

Pinckney It Stops With Students Youth Photo Voice

Photo Voice is a process in which youth capture and record their thoughts and perceptions about a specific topic. Photo Voice is used by groups of various ages and experiences that want their perspective seen and heard by those within our community.  Pinckney It Stops With Students chose the topic of marijuana.  Even though MOST teens are not using marijuana, it continues to be a "hot button' issue.

Below are a sample of the photographs captured by Pinckney High School students as part of the marijuana Photo Voice project.

Click on the images below to view each photo from the 2017-2018 program year.

FY 2016-17 Program Briefs

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