Prevention Services

The Prevention Services Department of Oak Park Township works to enhance the quality of life in the community.  We provide support through education and raising awareness to many of the physical and mental health challenges facing youth and their families with a focus on reducing underage drinking and substance abuse.  As a way to educate and bring awareness of these issues, we offer many resources and programs within the community.

Contact Information

Kelly O’Connor
Prevention Services Manager
koconnor@oakparktownship.org

Amanda Stephans
Strategic Prevention Framework
Partnerships for Success Assistant Coordinator
astephans@oakparktownship.org

105 S. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL  60302
708-383-8005

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Oak Park Township

Community Coalition

The workgroup for Positive Youth Development (+PYD) uses the Strategic Prevention Framework.  Our mission and vision is to provide practical insight and guidance to support youth in making choices that lead to alcohol and drug free lives.

For more information or to get involved, contact us at: koconnor@oakparktownship.org or 708-383-8005, ext. 125.

Parent and Youth Communication Campaigns

Project Towards No Drug Abuse

Compliance Checks and Responsible Beverage Service

Prevention Programs & Workshops

FACE-IT
(Families Acting Collaboratively to Educate and Involve Teens)

FACE-IT is evidence-based; family-focused alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, prevention, and early intervention program for youth and their parents or caregivers.

FACE-IT consists of 12 two-hour modules offered once per week. Parent(s) and youth attend together and can be referred for 5, 8 or 12 weeks of programming. The modules are both stand-alone and complement one another so families can be referred and begin at any time in the progression (as opposed to waiting for module #1 to start again). The courses teach life skills, critical thinking, anger management, etc. Each module is highly interactive, involves education, group activities with parent and youth together, one-on-one exercises with parent and their child, group session with parents only and group session with youth only and homework. Every third class focuses/educates on an illegal substance. Both parent/caretaker and youth are required to attend and complete the program.

Oak Park Township Illinois Prevention Services Face It Puzzle

Health Connection Hub (The HUB):

The HUB is a closed-loop referral database that helps connect community members to the behavioral health and other social services that they need. Learn more and search for services at www.healthconnectionhub.org

Strengthening Families Program

A 12-week program with your entire family.

You will learn:

  • Effective Parenting Skills
  • Healthy Communication
  • How to Resolve Conflicts
  • Stress Management Skills
  • Hot to Set Limits

Open to families with children ages 7 to 17 years.

Dinner is provided.

Childcare and transportation are available if needed.

There is no cost to families that reside in Oak Park or River Forest. Proof of residency is required, such as Government Issued ID or Utility Bill.

Spring 2020 Program

Begins February 25, 2020

Ends May 12, 2020

Every Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm

Held at River Forest Township Offices located at 8020 Madison Street in River Forest, Illinois.

Call 708-410-0615 to Register. Mention SFP in Oak Park.  The Strengthening Families Program is available in partnership with River Forest Township, Community Mental Health Board and Amita.

Out of Reach
(Prescription Medication Education for Adults)

COVID-19, Cannabis, and Vaping

There Are No Current Treatments or Cures for the Coronavirus

The Federal Trade Commission warned “There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat/cure #coronavirus (#COVID19). Coronavirus-related ad claims will be subject to exacting scrutiny.”

Potential Increased Risk of COVID-19 Due to Smoking or Vaping

NIDA concludes:We can make educated guesses based on past experience that people with compromised health due to smoking or vaping and people with opioid, methamphetamine, cannabis, and other substance use disorders could find themselves at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications—for multiple physiological and social/environmental reasons. The research community should thus be alert to associations between COVID-19 case severity/mortality and substance use, smoking or vaping history, and smoking- or vaping-related lung disease.”

What’s Legal and What’s Not – Know the Rules

Wondering what’s allowed in Illinois? Some of the rules for cannabis are similar to the ones for alcohol, but there are also rules just for cannabis. Find out how to make safe and responsible choices and stay out of legal trouble.

Using Cannabis: What You Need to Know

How strong is cannabis? Cannabis is stronger than it used to be because today’s plants contain higher amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Make sure you understand the health effects of cannabis on your mind and body, how to be safe, and the impacts of underage use.

Video by Chicago Police Outline What’s Legal and Not Regarding the Recreational Marijuana Law

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois will allow the purchase, transportation and consumption of cannabis by adults 21 and older. And police want to make sure residents are prepared — and know what they can and can't do when it comes to legal weed.

Vapes, E-cigarettes, and other Electronic Delivery Systems (nicotine, marijuana, other drugs)

Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). ENDS are noncombustible tobacco products.

Cannabis, social media, and our teens

The American legal cannabis market is set to surpass $12 billion by the end of 2019. But as states legalize non-medical marijuana, they are facing regulation challenges quite different from the early days of alcohol and tobacco marketing: Social media allows cannabis brands to reach a new level of engagement and interaction with youth.

Marijuana Edibles Fact Sheet

Edible marijuana is very different - and more dangerous - than joints and other marijuana products.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. We are professionals working in mental health and public health. We are bipartisan. We are medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. Our commonsense, third-way approach to marijuana policy is based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.

Marijuana Facts for Teens

People smoke marijuana for a lot of different reasons: to feel good, to feel better, to feel different, or to fit in. Whatever the reason, drug use has consequences.

Talk Saves LivesTM: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

Teens and Mental Health (translation in Spanish available for audio)

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening.

Free Screenings

SBIRT

CRAFFT

Mental Health and Suicide Screenings

Community Partners

Our partners in prevention include 12 sectors from local law enforcement, school districts, mental health agencies, parents, community volunteer groups.

Newsroom

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Marijuana Town Hall Meeting

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