The Youth Prevention-Indicated (YPI) program provides drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention and intervention to school districts in a 7-county area, which includes Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria Counties.
The goal of the youth indicated programs is to identify individuals who are showing early warning signs of substance use or other high-risk problem behaviors and to curb those risky behaviors. This is achieved through curriculum-based education and referrals.
Education is achieved through the facilitation of curriculum-based support groups. CBSG is a 12-session interactive drug prevention curriculum designed for students ages 11-17. The sessions take place in a small group setting 1 time a week for 45 mins. Throughout the 12 sessions, students learn about communication, coping skills, chemical dependency, decision-making, drug facts, and self-control. These components are delivered through discussion, games, role-playing exercises, videos, and student worksheets.
The YPI Program also provides individual screenings to students in early stages of substance abuse or at-risk for future substance abuse. Students are referred by school personnel, parents, probation officers, and/or court officials. When non-drug related problems are identified through the course of screening, referrals to other support services may be provided.
In addition, Prevention Staff provide presentations on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in a variety of settings for adults and youth. These presentations are conducted at schools, probation groups, church groups, businesses, and other community and professional organizations.
If you would like more information on the YPI Program, please contact Tracy Aguilar, Director of Youth Services, at 361-575-7842.