Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

These are the Substance Abuse Prevention program being funded, at least in part, by COMBAT. You can use the "Link to page" links throughout this page or in the navigation to go directly to each program's web page for full details. 

Also, COMBAT funds school-based education programs for nine different law enforcement agencies in Jackson County—programs that address both substance abuse and violence prevention. » LAW ENFORCEMENT SCHOOL-BASED EDUCATION

Amethyst Place Prevention Prgrams

AMETHYST PLACE PROGRAM -- Prevention programming is delivered through Amethyst Place's Family Empowerment and Therapeutic Support Programs. The Family Empowerment Program provides prevention services related to child abuse (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline programming), domestic violence (e.g. Healthy Relationships programming), drug use prevention (e.g. recovery coaching and meetings, Caring for Kids prevention), ex­offenders and violence (e.g. court advocacy), parenting and family interventions (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline). The Therapeutic Support Program helps families heal from past trauma, stabilize mental health and improve parenting skills. Amethyst Place serves Jackson County mothers and children overcoming generational poverty, substance use, and trauma. In 2020, this included residential services provided to 50 women and 103 children, as well as 55 program graduates in aftercare services.

Artists Helping The Homeless: BE THE CHANGE

ARTISTS HELPING THE HOMELESS PROGRAM -- BE THE CHANGE is the keystone program that AHH provides to help prevent substance abuse relapses among individuals experiencing homelessness as they are discharged from hospitals, residential services and other facilities. BTC’s holistic approach provides three primary tiers of service: 1)Transportation for individuals to and from safety net service appointments, including medical, outpatient treatment, mental health services, etc. 2) Discharge planning and execution for individuals leaving hospitals, detox facilities, treatment centers, incarceration, etc. These activities help individuals to identify and access the next step, bridging gaps. 3) Residential options for both short-term and transitional housing. This tier of service focuses on young adults whose behavior alienates them from family and the very agencies that could help them.

Boys & Girls Clubs: SMART MOVES

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- SMART Moves is based on a resistance-training/social-skills model. Using small-group activities, it teaches young people to recognize and resist media influences and peer pressures to engage in alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, opioids, other drug use and early sexual involvement. SMART Moves recognizes that self-esteem is an important factor in regulating basic human drives and attitudes. When youth are made to feel that they matter — that they have a unique contribution to make — and when they are helped to understand their feelings, they are less likely to endanger their health or that of others by indulging in risky behaviors. The center-point of Boys & Girls Clubs SMART MOVES focuses on providing young people from Kansas City's urban core with access to safe, secure, positive environments on a daily basis as well as ongoing educational programming to keep youth engaged in beneficial, healthy activities.

Community Organizing To Prevent Substance Use

LEE'S SUMMIT CARES PROGRAM -- Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) serves as the only Lee's Summit community coalition addressing youth health and safety. The 35-year-old agency mobilizes community partners to develop a culture of physical and mental wellness for Lee’s Summit youth and families that inspires positive, healthy choices. LSC serves Lee’s Summit and adjacent communities of the 117-square mile LSR7 School District, reflecting an agency service area of more than 100,000 residents, which is home to nearly 15% of Jackson County's population. COMBAT funding supports LSC’s Community Organizing Program to mobilize youth and adults using Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Seven Strategies for Community Change.These prevention strategies include activities focused on providing information, building skills, providing support, enhancing access/reducing barriers, changing physical design, and modifying/changing consequences, procedures and policies.

Crittention Substance Abuse Prevention Program

CRITTENTON BEHAVIORAL CHILDREN'S CENTER PROGRAM -- The purpose of this project is to reduce drug use among adolescent youth in Jackson County by engaging vulnerable youth from seven county "hotspot" in a year-round program, Lion's Quest Skills for Action, identified effective and best practice on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices maintained by SAMHSA. The project targets youth extremely vulnerable for lives of substance abuse because they come from environments defined by violence, limited parental involvement, academic and/or behavior difficulties in school, and family histories of poverty, mental illness and/or substance abuse.Specifically, youth ages 12 to 19 will be enrolled from the Intensive Residential Care program at Crittenton Children's Center. All residents will participate throughout the year, including approximately 100 youth from Jackson County hotspots. Residents are placed at Crittenton through the court system.

Della Lamb Youth Services

DELLA LAMB PROGRAM -- Youth Services offers positive alternative activities for at-risk youth, ages 5-19. These programs are structured through a neighborhood-based after school / evening / weekend format and include multiple options for kids to connect with engaged caring adult role models. These activities provide alternatives with long-term impact on the social-emotional wellbeing of our youth, families and the broader community. The Della Lamb Youth Services program has a varied schedule of activities integrating academic and recreational opportunities. These initiatives allow for social play and peer interaction with caring adults. The program is located in the heart of Jackson County targeted neighborhoods in close proximity to multiple public housing projects and within ethnically diverse populations, including refugees and immigrants as well as low-income populations.

EJC Youth Court Peer Diversion Court

EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH COURT CENTER PROGRAM -- The high rates of juveniles involved in criminal activities in Jackson County create an increased risk factor associated with violent behaviors and alcohol and drug use for teens. The Eastern Jackson County Youth Court (EJC) exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behaviors; to provide positive peer-led restorative justice, which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior; to increase juvenile offenders knowledge and enhance refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior; including drug use and violent activities; and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the juvenile criminal justice system. The EJC is a juvenile prevention peer court, which provides immediate sanctions for juvenile offenders.

Family Drug Court Advocacy Program

JACKSON COUNTY CASA PROGRAM -- Jackson County CASA’s Family Drug Court Advocacy Program serves children who are brought under the Jackson County Family Court system's jurisdiction due to parental abuse and/or neglect with a co-occurrence of parental substance use. This program works directly with the Jackson County Family Drug Court. This special treatment court is designed to work with families affected by substance use disorder by assisting parent(s) to enter treatment. Children are placed in a safe temporary living environment while their parents receive treatment and support. The ultimate goal is for family reunification and preservation.

Girl Scouts Outreach Program

GIRL SCOUTS PROGRAM -- The Girl Scout Outreach Program supports leadership and socio-emotional health development for girls living in high-risk communities through age-appropriate activities guided by supportive adults. Through skill-building activities, girls develop attitudes, behavior, and skills like confidence, conflict resolution and problem solving that are critical to well-being and becoming responsible, productive, caring and engaged citizens. Girl Scouts Outreach program will be three, eight-week sessions provided over the course of the school year. Over 27% of the girls served by GSKSMO are living in a low- or moderately low-income household. With the growing number of girls living in poverty, the Girl Scouts have continued to evolve to provide a range of programs designed to fill the gap when families or communities simply don’t have the resources to make Girl Scouting a part of their lives.

Guadalupe Center's Life Skills Program

GUADALUPE CENTERS, INC. PROGRAM -- The Guadalupe Center is expanding its Substance Abuse Prevention Life Skills Program, directed to youth who reside primarily in Kansas City's Westside and Northeast neighborhoods. The Life Skills Program utilizes Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence, an active learning, evidence-based social and emotional learning program addressing the physical, emotional and social consequences of alcohol and other substance use. This curriculum provides vital life skills that support youth through the challenges of their adolescent years, including positively managing emotions and improving peer and family relationships. Guadalupe Center's SA Prevention Specialist facilitates the students' progress through a series of 24 interactive and multimedia lessons that address risk and protective factors and guide individuals through development of practical social, personal and intellectual skills they can draw upon to make positive choices in the face of challenges.

Healing House Aftercare

HEALING HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- The Healing House Non-Residential Aftercare Program is a middle ground between a housing program and independent living—with a focus on resources, education (vocational & HiSET), open 12-step meetings, employment services, nutrition and exercise. Most importantly, family counseling that will work with spouses, partners, children, parents or significant other is also offered with family activities twice a month. The Non-Residential Aftercare Program offers additional time to reshape the way the participants think and, therefore, how they act. Families can heal from the trauma they experienced during their loved ones' active addiction and develop a strong social network for family support. With this program, participants can stay engaged with services as long as they need and so can their family members.

Kansas City Youth Court

KANSAS CITY YOUTH COURT PROGRAM -- KCYC exists to nurture respect for the rule of law, encourage civic engagement and promote healthy, positive decision-making in young people. Our motto is: "Youth Helping Youth for a Better Community." COMBAT's efforts to address violence and drug use in our community is in line with the KCYC's mission to help at-risk youth make necessary changes to avoid criminal conduct and the use of substances. The KCYC is a teen court that receives referrals regarding low-level juvenile offenders from the Kansas City Police Dept., Jackson County Juvenile Office and schools for the purpose of adjudication. The KCYC is an official diversion program of the Jackson County Family Court that seeks to provide young offenders an opportunity to be mentored by their peers. Most referrals to the youth court program emanate out of the school setting, which allows the Youth Court to address disruptive behaviors that impede the education of the offenders as well as other.

Newhouse Children's Substance Use Prevention

NEWHOUSE SHELTER PROGRAM -- Newhouse is an 88-bed emergency shelter facility offering safe housing and critical supportive services to domestic violence victims and their children. For over 49 years, Newhouse has remained dedicated to its mission to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools that allow individuals and families to make positive changes and lead self-sufficient lives. The Children’s Substance-Use Prevent program further enhances the long-term goal to empower children to break the cycle of violence and substance-use, key underlying sources of fatal domestic violence incidents. The program is based on the Learning For Life curriculum and will be incorporated into Newhouse's K-6 school and preschool, as well as family bonding activities.

reStart Susbstance Abuse Prevention Program

reSTART, INC. PROGRAM -- reStart, Inc. provides comprehensive homeless services at its 9th Street location in Kansas City, including vulnerability assessments, diversion, emergency shelter, family shelter, youth network services—youth emergency shelter, youth street outreach—Supportive Services for Veteran’s and Families, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, Rapid Rehousing, and Homeless Prevention. In addition, clients have access to Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. COMBAT funds support a key staffing position within reStart, Inc.’s Substance Abuse Prevention program, which includes secondary and indicated prevention activities delivered across youth programming services offered at reStart’s emergency shelter. The full-time Prevention Specialist coordinates on-site and off-site substance abuse prevention education services.

Sisters In Christ Dahomey Training Center

SISTERS IN CHRIST PROGRAM -- The Dahomey Training Center is a substance abuse prevention and anti-violence program based on the protective factor of workforce development in mitigating the occurrence of substance abuse and criminal activity among at-risk populations. Its programs and services are designed for at-risk women and girls. This includes women and girls from families suffering from generational addiction; women and girls with personal histories of substance abuse; women and girls involved or associated with criminal activity and lifestyles; and formerly-incarcerated women facing massive challenges as they transition from correctional facilities to re-entering society. Under a customized service plan, clients at the Dahomey Training Center will receive weekly client-centered, evidence-based services, tailored to meet their individual substance abuse prevention and workforce development needs.


    COMBAT funds other violence prevention programs—more than 40—offered by a variety of agencies thorughout Jackson County. These programs have been broken down into these sub-categories to assist you in finding services that meet your specific needs

    » Bully Prevention
    » Child Abuse
    » Counseling Services
    » Diversion Programs
    » Domestic Violence

    » Job Training Programs
    » Legal Services
    » Parenting Programs
    » Re-entry Programs
    » School Attendance/Truancy
    » Sexual Assault Programs
    » STRIVIN'
    » Victim Support Services
    » Youth-Orient Programs