Prevention Program Monitor Supervisor Bridget Lewis, MS-LPP, and Prevention Coordinator Dawn Collins (pictured above, l-r) represented CAHS at the 10th Annual I CARE Prevention Summit, Jan. 30-31, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
The I CARE program in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System aims to reduce substance abuse and violence. This year’s Summit attracted about 600 educators, social workers, and parents.
The event focused on a various topics, including trauma, the dangers of drug use, suicide, crime/violence, Louisiana’s heroin epidemic, trauma response care, suicide prevention, mindfulness, and mental health. A special presentation on emerging drug trends was provided by Officer Jermaine Galloway, also known as “Tall Cop.”
The CAHS Prevention Team engaged with the Summit’s attendees with information and handouts that included “Be an Up Stander: Stand Up to Bullying” anti-bullying campaign materials, Emotional Health Check-In charts, and Medication Safety packets / charts created by the Louisiana State Opioid Response (LaSOR) Grant.
“I’ve been a client at CAHS for a very long time, and I get teary eyed when I think about how much they’ve helped me,” said one attendee. “I recommend them to anyone I come across who is dealing with something.”