Prevention Services

Substance Abuse Prevention
The substance abuse prevention program is committed to providing evidence-based programs that impact the Washington County community as a whole. As the lead substance abuse prevention agency within Washington County, the program coordinates existing prevention activities and inter-agency programs. Program staff works in partnership with individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, and local and state agencies to help prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse.
Project ACT NOW is a workgroup comprised of local agencies that provide services to individuals experiencing substance use disorder. This includes social service agencies, law enforcement, treatment centers, medical professionals, and mental health practitioners. Along with the local agencies, community members who have been impacted by substance use and misuse are represented.
The workgroup meets monthly to discuss issues related to opioid use and misuse and to take action on the recommendations created by the Washington County Fatality Review Team. Project ACT NOW was instrumental in the implementation of the medication take back program, as well as the increased use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
Project ACT NOW will utilize the recommendations made by the Governor’s Heroin Taskforce as they continue to respond to the opioid epidemic in Washington County.
DARE to Be You (DTBY) focuses on positive development of youth and prevention of problem behaviors through training, curriculum, and technical assistance. Through a partnership with Head Start of Washington County, families with a pre-school aged child (focus child), 2-5 years of age, are eligible to enroll through Head Start. Siblings of the focus child are also included in the 12-week program.
Project Alert works directly with adolescents who are identified as at-risk for substance use/abuse. Adolescents referred for services are assessed by the Adolescent Outpatient Treatment Program and are assigned a level of care. Those identified as at-risk are recommended to attend the 6-week drug and alcohol At-Risk Program. Students identified as in need of treatment will receive services through the Adolescent Addictions Outpatient Treatment Program
Student Assistance Program (SAP) is an intervention program utilized within all public schools in Maryland. Washington County Public Schools implements SAP at every middle and high school in the county. Through a partnership with the WCPS, the Prevention Program's staff functions as Health Department representatives on each of the teams in the middle and high schools. This enables the SAP teams the ability to refer adolescents and their families to the appropriate services and/or levels of care.
Overdose awareness and naloxone distribution is provided to individuals who are at risk of overdose, family and friends of substance users, and professionals in the community.  This program provides information on the misuse of prescription opioids and heroin.  Signs of an overdose, proper response,  and the use of naloxone is covered during the program using the core curriculum developed by the State of Maryland.
Tobacco Free for Life offer tobacco cessation classes and individual consultations!  Classes meet for eight (8) weeks over a four week period.  Classes are held at the Health Department and throughout Washington County.  Cessation aids such as nicotine replacement patches are available to eligible Washington County residents while supplies last.  The staff is also available for community and worksite presentations about the dangers of tobacco, nicotine addiction and second hand smoke.
Drug & Alcohol Presentations are available to anyone in Washington County who wishes to educate community members (adult, adolescent and child) on substance use and abuse. Drug and/or alcohol topics include but are not limited to the dangers of use, the physiological effects of use/abuse, current and local trends, identification, refusal skills, early detection of use/abuse, etc. Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.
For additional program information, please call: 240-313-3356