Prevention Resource Center

First Call provides regional support to community coalitions in Cass, Jackson, Johnson and Lafayette counties. Community coalitions are made up of a variety of constituencies within the community, including law enforcement, parents, youth, schools, faith-based communities, business, health care and social service agencies, the media, local government and civic groups.

In partnership with First Call’s Prevention Department, each coalition facilitates a community assessment and then develops a plan to address youth violence and substance use in their area. This provides a context for community change that:

  •          Integrates the community’s culture, resources and level of readiness;
  •          Allows communities to define issues and strategies unique to their area;
  •          Supports unity and collaboration
  •          Increases capacity for prevention and intervention;
  •          Encourages and enhances community investment in the issue.

Prevention Programming

The Prevention Department welcomes the opportunity to work with schools, businesses and organizations throughout Greater Kansas City. Community presentations, educational programs and panel discussions can be customized to meet specific school or agency needs. All presentations are evidence-based and developed using the most current information available.

Fist Call offers several prevention programs, including:

Community Education and Professional Development - Presentations on a wide variety of topics are available, including: Introduction to Substance Use Disorders, Drug Use Trends, The Impact of Substance Use on the Family System, Supporting Sobriety, etc.

 LifeSkills Training - Offered throughout the school year for students in 3rd-12th grade on site during a period designated by school officials. Participants receive information and education that will assist them in making positive, healthy choices and reaching their goals in life. Sessions focus on education and skill-building as it relates to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, family systems, anger management and communication. This program can be provided to an entire grade, or for students that have been identified as having difficulty with communication skills and their peers.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA/YMHFA) - This 8-hour training teaches participants how to help youth and adults who are experiencing mental health or addiction issues. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD) and eating disorders.

Say it Straight (SIS) - SIS is an open forum where 6th-12th students can collaborate weekly on issues related to peer pressure. 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Training - Designed to decrease suicide and attempts by increasing knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression, encouraging individual help-seeking and help-seeking on behalf of a friend; reducing the stigma of mental illness; and engaging parents and school staff as partners in prevention.

Sobriety Group - During Sobriety Group participants learn how to handle stressors such as peer pressure, legal problems, and family dynamics without drugs or alcohol. Weekly sessions are designed for 10th-12th grade students.

Speakers Bureau

The First Call Speakers Bureau provides presentations to raise awareness and increase understanding of how substance use impacts individuals, families and the community. Comprised of Board members, staff and volunteers, the Speakers Bureau spreads the word that help is available, treatment works, and healing is possible.

Customizable presentations are available 7 days a week.

Presentation Topics

Substance Use and the Young Mind
An overview of substance use disorder that includes its progression over time, and how early substance use can impact adolescent brain development.

How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health and Substance Use
Discover the early signs and symptoms of children with mental health problems, as well as how to approach a child who is displaying any of these characteristics. Participants are also given resources to help.

Current Drug Trends
How do the current drug trends affect adolescent brain development? This presentation provides an overview of a variety of drugs currently popular among teens. A specific substance can also be addressed, such as vaping or marijuana use.

Bullying, Drug Use and Suicide
The link between teen suicide, bullying and substance use disorder is well documented. First Call can provide solutions to help identify under-resourced youth and prevent a tragedy.

Call 816-361-5900 to schedule a presentation.

It is the mission of First Call to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs, and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families and the community.

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