On January 1, 2012, Phoenix House will initiate Comprehensive Prevention Services in selected schools in Northeast San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Panorama City, North Hills, Mission Hills, and Granada Hills. The goals of the project are the reduction of underage alcohol and binge drinking and the decrease of illicit and emerging drug use among youth and young adults. We will work in close collaboration with our partners, including the Los Angeles Unified School District and its schools, Los Angeles Police Department, local neighborhood councils, and community-based organizations serving the area. Representatives of these groups will form a Community Advisory Council to help steer our activities towards the areas of greatest need.
Phoenix House will implement evidence-based specific prevention programs, designed for youth in middle and high schools, and consisting of educational classes, as well as group and individual counseling that target at-risk behaviors and underlying value systems. The project will start with a six-month assessment of the community risk and protective factors to identify the specific environmental and youth-oriented prevention activities that are needed in local neighborhoods.
The agency will then use evidence-based alcohol and drug use prevention curricula in middle and high schools, including Kennedy HS, Panorama HS, Monroe HS (using Project Towards No Drugs), as well as Vista MS, Porter MS, and Sepulveda MS (using Project Alert). We will also actively participate in a larger prevention coalition headed by San Fernando Valley Partnership that will work toward decreasing the availability and accessibility of alcohol and other drugs through environmental strategies.
The three-year project is supported by the County of Los Angeles, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control. The new prevention services will expand the continuum of care available at Phoenix House of Los Angeles, currently providing evidence-based residential, and outpatient treatment as well as case management services for at-risk youth.