Prevention and Education Services

The best way to prevent abuse or addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is to never start using them. Teaching youth, adults, and communities about healthy behavior and lifestyles is one way we can decrease risky behaviors and prevent addictions.

Community and Family Resources offers programs focusing on preventing use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and gambling. Research-based programs are taught to individuals, businesses, community groups, and children from preschool through college.

If you are looking for information on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, or gambling or if you would like to have a program presented, Community and Family Resources’ Prevention Staff is here to help. Education is the key to understanding addictive behaviors. Contact our professionally trained Prevention Staff for information on how our education and prevention programs can help you or your organization.


Youth are an important resource in our communities. Substance abuse prevention strategies such as education and youth development are just a few of the ways we can work to prevent youth from becoming involved with substance abuse.


Gambling, like substance use, can quickly turn into an addiction and often goes unnoticed. Gambling prevention and education is available for a variety of audiences such as youth, adults, community groups, businesses, and organizations.

Drug Education and Awareness Program (DEAP)

This educational program has been designed for those individuals who do not meet criteria for substance abuse treatment, but would benefit from education about alcohol and other drugs and how they affect the human body, families, communities, work, and relationships. The program cycle is 4 weeks long and it is best to attend the weekly sessions consecutively in order to obtain the greatest benefit from the information presented. Concerned persons and community members are also encouraged to attend.

Webster County Iowa Partnerships for Success (IPFS)

Through epidemiological data, Webster County has been identified as one of 20 Iowa counties meeting the “highest need” criterion for helping our community with dangerous alcohol consumption patterns. Because of this heightened awareness of the problem, Iowa Department of Public Health has received a grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Community and Family Resources, as the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention service provider for this area, received the IFPS Grant to work with residents and business owners to reduce underage drinking and youth binge drinking throughout Webster County.

The priority issues for the IPFS project are to reduce underage drinking in ages 12-20 and reduce youth binge drinking in ages 12-20. The IPFS Collaboration Council is a group of various community members that meet once a month to address both of these priority issues, as well as youth suicide prevention. The IPFS Collaboration Council will choose evidence based strategies that will help in being most effective when reducing alcohol consumption in the county. The strategies will be chosen based on data that will be collected from various sources and by the information gathered during focus groups that will be held throughout Webster County. Through the work of the IPFS Collaboration Council and with the help from individuals in Webster County, we can come together to make positive changes in our community.

Other Services

Other services that are offered through our Prevention Department include: Employee and Supervisor Training; 12 Hour State of Iowa DUI Course; Responsible Beverage Server Training; Tobacco Cessation; and assistance with policies regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.