We Support Healthy Lifestyles and
Help to Build Strong Communities
We all have the desire to live the best life we can. At times, however, we may need help doing that. At Elevate we create programs and provide services to help young people succeed and to support and empower individuals and families experiencing challenges. From education to prevention and intervention, as well as support, Elevate is a resource in the areas of substance abuse and mental health.
Alcohol and other drug abuse education and advocacy programming has been our passion and a primary focus of our organization for years. Our staff works in schools, with students, administration and staff, to educate and to support their prevention efforts. Our ultimate goal is to positively impact youth by helping them steer clear of high risk behaviors. Learn more.
Sometimes people make poor choices to participate in high risk behaviors associated with drugs or alcohol or other unacceptable and sometimes illegal behavior. We work with these individuals, their families, schools and other social service agencies to help get them back on track. Our programs include individual assessments for youth and their families to get at the root of the cause of the issue, restorative justice programs like our Project Payback work crew where young people can earn what they need to make restitution, as well as crime and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) impact sessions and our truancy support services. We also manage the county Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) program as well as the Treatment and Diversion Program (TAD). Learn more.
Elevate's mission also includes providing support to individuals or families with loved ones experiencing challenges in the areas of alcohol and other drug abuse and mental illness. Whether you need a support group to help you cope with a loved one's addiction or assistance during a mental health crisis, we 're here for you. Learn more.
What We've Achieved
In 2014, 65% of Washington County youth surveyed reported no use of alcohol in the past 30 days as compared to 53% in 2006 -- a 12% improvement during that time period.
In 2015, Elevate served 86 clients in our Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program (TAD), of which 73% were satisfactorily discharged resulting in 1,485 jail bed days being diverted and saving taxpayers well over $100,000. More importantly, participants went on to become gainfully employed and productive members of the Washington County community. In 2016, we are showing a 90% success rate, well above our first year of operation, and in the first six months of the year have already diverted 1,196 jail bed days.
Through a collaborative effort with law enforcement, alcohol compliance checks have helped to increase compliance with alcohol sales laws by 21% from 72% to 93% between 2006 and 2015, thus decreasing alcohol access to minors and keeping them safe.
- Elevate's work with community coalitions has helped to increase opportunities for safe disposal of unwanted prescription drugs through the creation of permanent disposal sites at five different locations throughout the county, all accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Our work with youth to implement tobacco compliance checks has impacted a decrease in youth tobacco consumption in Washington County resulting in increased compliance with sales laws, from 69% in 2006 to 88% in 2015.