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Performance-Based Prevention Services


The Performance-Based Prevention System (PBPS) is a database tracking software package, which is based on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Minimum Data Set (MDS), a nationally recognized standard. MDS is a collection of standard data elements developed by CSAP to enable states, substance abuse agencies, community-based service providers, and others to quantify and compare the number and type of primary prevention and early intervention services delivered. The use of these standards provides a consistent and comprehensive basis to collect and analyze data.

Promote use of evidence-based practices, through single and recurring activities, in addition to the use of outcome base core measures.  Also, conduct activities that encompass the six federal strategies: education, information dissemination, problem identification, environmental, community base process, and alternative activities.

Provide educational and after school program services to Allegheny County School Districts. Ensure that all residents of Allegheny County have access to community and school base ATOD drug free services.

Descriptions of Prevention Services

Teacher in-services, seminars, youth leadership training, and educational workshops for parents, criminal justice personnel and other professional contacts.

Distribute materials via: speaking engagements, health fairs, presentations, and resource directories at family support centers, schools, drop-in centers, churches, community events, medical facilities and other key locations, answering requests for information received by telephone/hotline, brochures, media announcements and along with other methods of distributing ATOD prevention materials.

Develop cooperative agreements with employment programs, conduct resume writing and job search workshops, and provide opportunities for work experience.

Provide activities related to work readiness/retention and attitude skills.

Attend relevant County meetings, collaborative meetings, advisory board meetings, and various other community meetings to provide consultation on ATOD prevention strategies.

Provide support groups, home school visitor programs, parenting classes, family wellness groups.  Sessions may include, but are not limited to: cultural diversity, conflict resolution, ATOD family issues, and/or facilitation skills.

Conduct family oriented activities that focus on positive family interaction, such as picnics, pizza parties, holiday celebrations, day trips, athletic/sporting events, and community events.

Referrals may include, but are not limited to DUI, EAP, or other appropriate services (such as 12-step programs, treatment services, etc.).