FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Fairfield Behavioral Health Services implemented a series of programs at the beginning of the school year that target students in first through seventh grades.
Students were involved with these classes from four to 12 weeks ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. From September to December 646 students were served during the first and second semesters of the 2015-2016 school year under the leadership of Prevention Coordinator Veronica Edmonds and Prevention Assistant Jeremy Purnell.
Healthy Promotions, Keepin’ It R.E.A.L. (KIR) and Project Toward No Drug Abuse are being implemented at Geiger Elementary School, Kelly Miller Elementary School, McCrorey-Liston School of Technology, Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield Middle School and Gordon Odyssey Academy.
The Healthy Promotions program introduces students in grades one through four the negative impact that tobacco and alcohol can have on an individual, family and the community. Students are encouraged to remain drug free and are educated on how to react and respond to bullying in a positive manner.
In addition, Fairfield Behavioral Health Services strives to get students more involved by being physically active and by choosing to eat healthy foods.
Keepin’ It R.E.A.L. (KIR) is implemented to fifth graders. This evidence based program teaches students how to think critically and communicate successfully. The program covers risks, decision making, support systems, resolving conflict and several other communication skills. The REAL stands for Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave, the four strategies teens can use to resist drugs.
Life Skills Training is an evidence-based program implemented to sixth-graders and seventh-graders that aim to give healthy alternatives to risky behavior. Students are taught the necessary skills to resist peer pressure, help them develop greater self-esteem and self confidence, inform them of the immediate consequences of substance abuse, and help them cope with anxiety.
Project Toward No Drug Abuse (TND) is also an evidence-based program implemented to eighth grade and ninth grade students at Gordon Odyssey Academy. Students are taught coping skills, self-control, discussion on stereotyping, and decision making and commitment building. TND Game is used to help students demonstrate the knowledge they have gained form each lesson.
Call 803-635-2335 or visit www.fairfieldbhs.org for more information on these programs.