Madera teens can now seek substance abuse help through a school-based program called Project SUCCESS (School Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Schools).
The national model program is being launched in Madera through a partnership between Kings View, a non-profit health care provider in Fresno, and Madera County Behavioral Health Services. The program uses highly trained school counselors to work with students to educate them on resisting the pressure to use alcohol, drugs or tobacco, along with the students’ family if needed, officials say.
“Project SUCCESS is a voluntary program that allows students to self-refer,” said Kings View’s CEO Leon Hoover. “Therefore, the student doesn’t feel pressure to attend and this can lead to better outcomes.”
Project SUCCESS has been proven effective in preventing and treating substance abuse through prevention education, individual and group counseling, training, educational programs for parents, referral, community involvement and consultation...