Prevention Program Services

As a licensed substance abuse prevention provider in Michigan, Prevention Program Services has a regional focus delivering a variety of prevention services to Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.

The Prevention Program Services (PPS) department has gained a regional and state reputation as a leader in connecting school and community initiatives to support the goal of preventing risky behaviors and negative health outcomes while improving youth academic achievement and success. All of our prevention programs and services are funded through grants. Some grants are designated to serve certain counties; others are tri-county in nature.

Student success cannot occur if students experience barriers to learning. PPS offers the consultation services, professional development and training, technical assistance, and resource coordination needed to help schools and communities prevent the risky behaviors and negative health outcomes that interfere with learning. PPS strives to provide or promote research-informed and evidence-based strategies and programs to support students in reaching their full potential.

Prevention programming includes the following:

  • Early intervention for truancy and substance abuse,
  • Substance abuse disorder prevention,
  • Suicide prevention,
  • Social, emotional, and mental health promotion,
  • Case management for pregnant and parenting teens,
  • Comprehensive school health education,
  • HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention,
  • Parenting education,
  • Community awareness and education.

PPS also works closely with Eaton RESA's General Education and Special Education Departments in guiding the establishment of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in our Eaton County schools.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework by:

  • Responding to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.

  • Incorporating the components of a coordinated school health program around the tenets of a whole child approach to education.

  • Providing a framework to address the symbiotic relationship between learning and health.

The focus of the WSCC model is an ecological approach that is directed at the whole school, with the school in turn drawing its resources and influences from the whole community and serving to address the needs of the whole child. ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage use of the model as a framework for improving students' learning and health in our nation's schools.