The New Vista Regional Prevention Center offers educational programs, alcohol, tobacco and substance use training and resources to promote mental health and reduce youth substance use and suicide across 17 counties in the Bluegrass region. We work to identify strengths and gaps in order to identify new opportunities for collaboration between schools, businesses and community organizations. Our purpose is to build healthier communities.
Planning and implementing prevention programs can be a challenge, especially in the new virtual world. Click here for a summary of prevention programs that can be planned and implemented amid social distancing restrictions. This includes available trainings that have been adapted to be done virtually, programs that target specific substances and programs that promote mental health and wellness. For more ideas, email [email protected]. We are here to help.
Community Prevention Specialists
New Vista provides specialized prevention services to every community in our 17-county service area. Each county is assigned a prevention specialist to assist with implementing effective prevention planning and programs as well as guidance on active collaboration between community coalitions with similar missions focused on mental health and substance use. To contact the prevention specialist in your county email [email protected].
Dinner Table Project
The basic idea is families that eat together have better relationships. When youth have better relationships with their parents and siblings they are less likely to use alcohol or drugs. Then we found out when families share meals together, children have better academic performance, higher self-esteem, a greater sense of resilience, lower risk of teen pregnancy, lower risk of depression, lower rates of obesity. We encourage families to have one device-free meal together each week. To find out more and get your Dinner Table Project Box, email [email protected].
Kentucky Moms Maternal Assistance Toward Recovery (MATR)
The focus of Kentucky Moms MATR is to reduce maternal substance use by improving the health of mothers and their babies. This program provides prenatal education classes and case management services. Click here to learn more.
Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention
Question, Persuade, and Refer are three simple steps that can help save a life. New Vista has certified QPR trainers who can teach the QPR method to anyone in a position to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Visit prinstitute.com to learn more. If you are interested in having New Vista present a QPR training to your group email [email protected].
Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC)
ROSC is a coalition of local agencies, nonprofits, physicians, and substance use treatment providers that works with substance-exposed infants, pregnant women and families to find the recovery system and supports they need within their local community. Click here to visit the ROSC website to find services and learn more.
We coordinate activities and leadership opportunities for youth in our communities. Our Youth Empowerment Specialist collaborates with school Family Resource and Youth Service Center coordinators around the region to build youth groups and coalitions, along with creating youth summits region-wide.
Zero Tolerance Education Program
Education classes are held in Lexington for individuals under 21 who have been charged with underage drinking and driving. Participants are referred by the court system and complete a screening assessment to determine eligibility for the program.