Chester County to Participate in “National Prevention Week” Effort

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County encouraging residents and organizations to take part in local events, spreading the message, “prevention happens year-round in Chester County”.

WEST CHESTER, PAChester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announced plans to support “National Prevention Week”, May 8 through 14.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “National Prevention Week” is dedicated to addressing and increasing public awareness of substance use prevention and mental health through partnerships and collaborations which promote quality behavioral health resources.

Vince Brown, Executive Director of the County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, said, “This week serves as an opportunity to share with Chester County residents the need for prevention year-round, providing ideas, tools and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

“The week also serves as a time for communities to celebrate their successes and advocate for prevention.”

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Throughout the week, prevention related-events will be taking place throughout Chester County. Details of all events can be found at www.chesco.org/drugandalcohol, and include:

This year, staff with the County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services is collaborating with prevention providers across the county, as well as leaders across the state to highlight Prevention Week through community education.  Substance use prevention organizations, coalitions and community organizations will be using tools, materials and resources created by the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) to raise awareness of their prevention programs, and what prevention in Chester County looks like.

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For more information, visit www.chesco.org/drugandalcohol. You can also call the Chester County Information and Referral line at 866-286-3767.

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