Prevention

At Elevate we work side by side with our partners on community coalitions to try to prevent young people from engaging in high risk behaviors like underage alcohol use or drugs. We work with schools and law enforcement in the cities, towns and villages across Washington County to teach young people about making healthy choices and to advocate for positive societal changes.

 

Education

Elevate health educators partner with schools throughout the county, both public and private, to provide alcohol and other drug abuse prevention education.  All courses are taught using age/grade appropriate best practice curricula. 

Our staff also collaborates with area schools to implement the Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. 

Community Outreach professionals are also available to speak to parent groups, faith communities and businesses throughout the county.

In addition, we work with school groups to support their alcohol and drug free activities.

 

Advocacy

Elevate's prevention staff partner with several community-based coalitions in Washington County, both youth and adult focused.  Every coalition engages in different strategies and tactics, but all have the same goal to promote healthy youth development through education and advocacy.

 

Other Prevention Programs/Services

Prevention staff promotes several national awareness campaigns, locally, including "Parents Who Host Lose the Most," "Under the Influence," and "Red Ribbon Week>" Our staff also manages the "Party Hotline" for residents to make officials aware of possible underage drinking parties.  The hotline number is 262-247-5289. All caller information is kept confidential. 

Waukesha County Drug Free Communities 

Waukesha County Drug Free Communities is a coalition of more than 100 Waukesha residents representing some 12 different sectors, with the shared goal of preventing youth substance abuse. The Waukesha DFC Coalition works together to reduce Access to alcohol and other drugs as well as to increase people's understanding of the risks of substance abuse. The work is supported by a renewable, federally funded grant. One of  goals is to build a self-sustaining coalition of community members who will continue to work together to prevent youth alcohol and drug use long after the grant ends. 

Elevate, serves as the fiscal agent and coordinator for the Drug Free Communities program, but the DFC program is implemented in Waukesha County.

For specific questions, email: dfcwaukesha@elevateyou.org