Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
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Prevention programs are designed to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. Many of the programs are evidence-based programs, which have been proven through research to produce positive results, and have been certified as model programs by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Active Parenting Now
This free education program is for Baltimore County residents who want to improve their parenting skills. This six-week program will be conducted at the Halstead Academy, located at 1111 Halstead Road, 21234 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, February 19 until March 26. To register, call 410-887-3210.
Active Parenting of Teens
This free education program is for Baltimore County residents who want to improve their relationship with their teenage children. This six-week program will be conducted at Dumbarton Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, March 13 until April 24. Please call 410-887-3828 to register.
Conducted in Head Start and other childcare centers in Baltimore County, this program focuses on improving impulse control, problem solving, anger management, and empathy toward others. The Second Step Family Program familiarizes parents with the curriculum, assists them with reinforcing the skills at home, and helps them improve their parenting skills.
This program targets middle school aged children and is provided in some Police Athletic League (PAL) centers and middle schools. This program encourages children to resist peer pressure, make healthy decisions, and make a commitment not to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is a student-run peer leadership program in which students educate their peers about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, HIV/AIDS, violence and teen pregnancy. There are SADD chapters in high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools throughout Baltimore County.
After-prom events are safe, supervised, alcohol and drug free activities that offer a fun, exciting alternative to high risk activities following Senior Proms. Baltimore County high schools may apply for grants from the Department of Health's Bureau of Behavioral Health to help fund after-prom programs.
This program is selected for substance abuse treatment centers and the Detention Center for families of adolescents ages 6 -12 years old. This program is designed to improve parenting skills and family communication and cohesion.
This effort focuses on affecting policies and practices associated with underage drinking. The Baltimore County Department of Health partners with many organizations as members of the Combating Underage Drinking Coalition. Other members of the coalition include:
Baltimore County Police Department
Safe and Drug Free Schools
Department of Social Services
Department of Recreation and Parks
Division of Catholic Schools
State's Attorney's Office
Towson University Counseling Center & University Policy
Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association
Baltimore County Liquor Board
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Baltimore County Traffic Safety Coalition
The coalition works to provide events, services, information, and education in efforts to reduce youth access to alcohol. Strategies include reducing the availability of alcohol to minors, increasing consistency of enforcement, and decreasing the perception among youth and parents that underage drinking is normal and acceptable.
Proms and graduations are exciting events for teens that are often accompanied by "high-risk" behavior. It's during these times that teens are more susceptible to drinking alcohol, using drugs, and driving while under these influences. The Safe and Sober Prom Season 2014 Parent Guide and Pledge Book (PDF) offers the following information to help parents keep their teens safe during prom and graduation season:
Facts about underage drinking and drug use
What parents can do to encourage driver safety in their teen
Consequences of providing alcohol to minors
Supporting after-prom events
Transportation companies that have made a commitment to not allow any minor to use or possess alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs in their vehicles
Educational materials on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs are available by calling 410-887-3828 or sending an email to the Bureau of Behavioral Health.
Revised February 28, 2014