Prevention and Education Services

The best way to prevent misuse 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 misuse of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and gambling. Research-based programs are taught to individuals, businesses, community groups, and youth 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.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Community and Family Resources offers FREE Mental Health First Aid training to Boone, Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Story, Webster, and Wright counties to educate and train local Iowans to recognize, reach out, and refer to the appropriate services any youth or adults diagnosed with a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This training is open to the general public as well as participants ages 18+ who are employed as, work with, or related to:
  • First-Responders (Public Safety, EMT, Fire, EMS)
  • Educators (private or public, all levels)
  • Military (veterans, active/inactive duty)
  • Older adults (care centers, service providers, and private citizens or organizations)
  • Medical facilities and clinics
  • Faith-based organizations
Trainings are delivered either as a one-day, 8-hour option or as a two-day, 4-hour option. Participants may be eligible for CEU’s as well. Please contact us at (866)801-0085 to request a training or for more information. Community and Family Resources provides all training materials and can accommodate most training spaces at your place of business or within one of our CFR locations. More information on Mental Health First Aid can be found at


Youth are an important resource in our communities. Substance use 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 use.


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 individuals who do not meet criteria for substance use 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.

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.