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The UCaDDAPT prevention team works to prevent and reduce underage drinking and substance misuse. For more information, or to connect with prevention services, contact us at the numbers below.

Staff Directory


Heather Lewis, Prevention Program Manager 801-851-7188 HeatherL@utahcounty.gov

  • Coordinates county drug prevention efforts

  • SHARP Survey

Brian Alba, Prevention Specialist 801-851-7178 BrianA@utahcounty.gov

  • Eliminating Alcohol Sales to Youth (EASY) Coordinator

  • Provo CTC coach (Communities That Care)

  • Community presentations

Malyce Warner, Prevention Specialist 801-851-7136 MalyceW@utahcounty.gov

  • Naloxone Trainings

  • Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain CTC Coach (Communities That Care)

  • CAASA CTC Coach (Communities That Care)

Mekel Jones, Prevention Specialist 801-851-7176 MekelJ@utahcounty.gov

  • American Fork CTC Coach (Communities That Care)

Michelle Swapp, Coalition Coordinator 801-851-7181 MichelleA@utahcounty.gov

  • Utah Valley Drug Prevention Coalition Coordinator

Services

Utah County drug prevention focuses primarily on environmental factors, such as modifying policy, changing physical design, changing consequences and enhancing access to services. In addition, we offer community services including:

  • Community Prevention Coalitions

  • Community Presentations

  • Naloxone Trainings and Supplies

  • Prevention Promotional Items

Community Coalitions

One of the most effective ways to prevent substance misuse locally is through community coalitions. Utah County drug prevention uses both the Communities That Cares (CTC) and Strategic Prevention Framework models. These science-based processes brings diverse stakeholders together to prevent health and behavior problems in a five step process: Needs Assessment, Capacity Building, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.  

These are local coalitions currently sponsored or partially sponsored by UCaDDAPT:

Community Presentations and Promotional Items

Presentations addressing topics such as community involvement, research data, and specific substance use prevention strategies are available to all Utah County residents at no cost. These presentations are research-based, specific to age groups and are effective in raising awareness in schools, churches, or businesses.

Utah County offers free promotional items for substance use prevention activities. Items include T-shirts, informational brochures, water bottles etc. Quantities are limited.

For more information, contact Heather Lewis 801-851-7188 or Heatherl@utahcounty.gov
 

School Based Services

We provide prevention services through each of the three Utah County school districts. School-based prevention services include Love and Logic, Strengthening Families, Prevention Dimensions, Why Try, First Offender Program, and other student assistance programs. Utah also recently added Botvin Life Skills training for secondary school health classes. For more information on prevention efforts in each of the school districts, contact your school district's Prevention Specialist:

Naloxone Training

We offer free Naloxone (narcan) training courses. Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal medication. We also have a limited amount of Naloxone kits available for free based on need. If you are interested in becoming trained or receiving a kit, contact Malyce Warner at 801-851-7136, or MalyceW@utahcounty.gov
 

SHARP Survey

The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey is a voluntary and anonymous questionnaire given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. This data provides information essential to doing effective prevention work. We advocate for parents to choose to allow their students to participate. There is no evidence indicating a negative impact if students participate.

SHARP is administered every other year to identify substance abuse trends among Utah County youth. It also identifies risk and protective factors.  A risk factor is a negative condition which can influence individuals to engage in problem behaviors. A protective factor is a positive condition which counteracts the influence of risk factors.  Research indicates that by decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors, problem behaviors will be reduced.
 

Social Development Strategy

The social development strategy is proven effective technique adults can use to help youth develop in a healthy way. This simple strategy has 5 components: Opportunities, Skills, Recognition, Bonding and Clear Standards of Behavior. Providing opportunities to youth to participate positively and meaningfully in society is essential for their development. When those opportunities are accompanied by an adult helping with skill building and recognizing progress and success, bonding occurs. Youth who are bonded to prosocial adults are more likely to follow their healthy standards of behavior.

Here is a summary from the Communities that Care Website on each of the 5 components:

  • Opportunities: Provide developmentally appropriate opportunities to young people, for active participation and meaningful interaction with prosocial others.

  • Skills: Teach young people the skills they need to succeed

  • Recognition: Provide consistent specific praise and recognition for effort, improvement, and achievement.

  • Bonding: Acknowledge a young person’s effort and promote positive bonding — a sense of attachment, emotional connection and commitment to the people and groups who provide that recognition. Bonding can occur with a family member, teacher, coach, employer or neighbor.

  • Clear Standards for Behavior: Through the process of bonding, young people become motivated to live according to the healthy standards of the person or group to whom they are bonded.

 

Related Sites:

Utah Valley Drug Prevention Coalition

Parents Empowered

Use Only as Directed

Naloxone Training

Safe Drug Disposal

Social Development Strategy

Utah Department of Drug Abuse and Mental Health

Eliminating Alcohol Sales to Youth (E.A.S.Y.)

https://www.drugabuse.gov/

https://www.samhsa.gov/