Research says the most effective and cost-efficient way to address the issue of substance abuse is prevention. SATUCI uses three different types of evidence-based programs to teach the prevention of substance use and abuse. The programs are primarily taught in the elementary, middle and high schools by SATUCI prevention staff.
Lifeskills is a substance abuse prevention curriculum taught to Marshalltown fifth through ninth graders. The material focuses on giving students the skills needed to resist alcohol and drugs. It also increases self-esteem and self-confidence.
Prime For Life
PRIME for Life is an evidence-based alcohol and drug program for people of all ages. It is designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The program goals are to reduce the risk of health problems and impairment problems by increasing abstinence, decreasing high-risk use and delaying initial use.
Curriculum-Based Support Group: Youth Connection
The Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program is a unique, multi-cultural, evidence-based preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations. The program is designed for individuals, ages 4-17, whose high-risk situations – including Adverse Childhood Experiences, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for future behavioral and health problems including substance abuse, delinquency and violence. The support group modality sets the CBSG® Program apart from other preventive interventions. Children and youth meet in confidential, small group settings and are taught a set of essential life skills to help them learn how to: cope with difficult family situations, resist negative peer pressure, respect themselves and others, set and achieve goals, make healthy choices, and refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.