Prevention works with the community to promote public health to prevent alcohol, marijuana and other drug use amongst young children, adolescent and young adults. The program employs evidence-based prevention strategies to reduce behavioral health risk factors, and support policy change and and compliance with local laws and regulations to ensure the safety of young people in Baltimore County.
Active Parenting Online Education Classes
Help prevent future problems with alcohol, drugs and sex; encourage success and stimulate independence for your 5 to 12 year old. Build skills for honest communication, respectful discipline and prevention of risky behavior for your tweens and teens.
Our self-paced, online parenting education classes are free for all Baltimore County residents and are low-stress, convenient and perfect for the busy parent. Once you register, the 60-day enrollment period allows you access to videos, activities and lessons from any web browser, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All participants receive a free parent guide. A gift package and certification will be provided upon course completion.
Enhance your parenting skills from the comfort of your home. View an award-winning video series that covers the parenting of children five to 12 and parenting of tweens and teens for free. All videos are available in English and Spanish. Complete the appropriate form for the course you are interested in:
- Active Parenting Fourth Edition for those raising youth ages 5 to 12 years of age
- Active Parenting of Teens for those raising tweens and teens
All Stars Character Education Program
The Department of Health supports the utilization of the All Stars Character Education program for fourth and fifth graders (ages 9 to 11). The focus of All Stars Character Education is on strengthening students' motivation to avoid risky behaviors by:
- Establishing positive norms
- Promoting bonding to positive peers and a positive adult
- Building six positive character qualities which include being caring, forgiving, helpful, honest, respectful and responsible
- Promote positive family relationships
There are 15 highly engaging and hands-on activities.
For additional information and to have your child join our program, call 410-887-3828.
The BCDH partners with many organizations as members of the CUD coalition. This effort focuses on affecting policies and practices associated with underage and high-risk drinking and related consequences. To become involved, email email@example.com or visit Recognize The Risk.
Baltimore County Partners in Preventing Underage Drinking
- Colleges and universities
- Government agencies
- Law enforcement
- Licensed beverage associations
- Liquor Board
To request staff attendance or materials to provide at outreach events, complete the Community Event Requests Form. The Bureau of Behavioral Health may provide information about substance use prevention, treatment, recovery support services, tobacco and mental health.
Cooperating Taverns and Responsible Retailers' Program
In an effort to decrease underage and high-risk drinking, the BCDH developed the Cooperating Taverns and Responsible Retailers' Program. The program is supported by the Baltimore County Police Department, Liquor Board and Licensed Beverage Association. The purpose of this program is to recognize the efforts of responsible alcohol retailers in Baltimore County.
Alcohol establishment owners who sign the Cooperating Taverns and Alcohol Retailers' Agreement receive a window cling to inform the community of their commitment to implementing responsible service practices. Creating an environment where it is difficult for youth to purchase alcohol is possible when communities work together. Be a part of the solution by refusing to purchase or provide alcohol for youth. Look for the window cling identifying responsible retailers in your neighborhood.
View a list of participating alcohol retailers who have signed the agreement, thereby joining the efforts of the Department of Health to address underage and high-risk drinking.
Talking to children about alcohol can be intimidating, but it can have a huge impact on their future. Parents are the number one influence on whether or not their kids drink. The Talk. They Hear You app is designed for parents of children ages 9 to 15. It helps parents and caregivers practice tough conversations about alcohol.
- "What is Prevention?" an Introduction Video
- Heroin and Opioid Awareness and Prevention Toolkit
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Public Service Announcement: Don’t Be a Friend. Be a Parent.
- 2018 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse "Mind Matters" Video Series
- Answering Your Child's Tough Questions (SAMHSA)
- Talk, They Hear You: Talk With Your Teen About Marijuana (SAMHSA)
- Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know (NIDA)
- How Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain (Ask. Listen. Learn.)
- Facts on Underage Drinking (SAMHSA)
- Make A Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol
- After High School: Talking With Your Young Adult About Underage Drinking (SAMHSA)