RACSB Prevention Services seek to reduce the problems related to alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use while encouraging mental wellness. Efforts to inform the community of the problems associated with these issues are combined with offering evidence-based curriculums in partnership with local schools, daycares, community groups, and non-profit organizations.  

Prevention Services work to reduce individual, family, and environmental risk factors while increasing resiliency and enhancing protective factors. We recognize that achieving comprehensive community wellness requires a collaborative approach.

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is utilized to assess community needs related to the prevention of substance use disorders and promotion of mental health. The Prevention Team helps to plan and implement evidence-based strategies and engage in evaluation following the implementation of these strategies.

To learn more, please call: 540-374-3337.

  • Resilience
    We are shaped by our experiences and our environments. It’s how we interpret the world around us that can shape our development. With that in mind, what does it mean to be resilient? We often think resilience is something that just comes naturally. However, resilience needs to be taught and modeled. Resilience is how we…
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  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants learn to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. The training is for individuals 18 or older. Register Now Find a training flyer here. 
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  • Understanding ACEs and Community Resilience
     Nearly 50% of American children have had an adverse experience before the age of 18. And, on average, people who experienced six or more traumatic situations in their childhood live about 20 years less than those with no trauma. Scientists have been studying Adverse Childhood Experiences for years, and the research shows that children who live in…
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  • Youth Prevention Programs
    RACSB Prevention Services partner with schools, community groups, and others in the community to provide a variety of curriculums to prevent youth from using and abusing substances. We also support social-emotional development in youth. DARE to Be You The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers the exciting family education program, DARE To Be You. Through…
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  • Suicide Prevention
    Mental Health First Aid Register Online Just like CPR, we want everyone to take the Mental Health First Aid training. It’s an education program designed to provide our community with the skills needed to recognize mental health challenges and to safely respond to an individual in crisis. Introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental…
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  • Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
    We all have different learning styles. We know through the continued success of programs like Sesame Street and other popular kid’s networks, children relate to and love puppets. Our community is fortunate to have the Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block youth puppet prevention education program. The 3½ foot tall “puppet kids” discuss important (and…
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  • Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
    Wouldn’t it be nice if babies came with instruction manuals? Parenting is hard. Can you imagine the additional stress of single parenting, inadequate income, domestic violence, limited education, or having to raise a child or children from the memories of your own unpleasant childhood? Healthy Families Rappahannock Area (HFRA) is a living, breathing manual that…
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  • Mental Health First Aid
    Register Online Just like CPR, we want everyone to take the Mental Health First Aid training. It’s an education program designed to provide our community with the skills needed to recognize mental health challenges and to safely respond to an individual in crisis. Mental Health First Aid; -          Introduces risk factors and warning signs of…
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Staff at Rappahannock Adult Activities - RAAI explained to Dan that he would need to wear a mask if he wanted to resume community outings, but he continued to push the masks away. After watching his friends go out for two weeks Dan leaned his head toward the mask when it was offered on Aug 3rd. Dan and his friends enjoy spendIng time on the water. Dan spent the morning at Hopyard Farm, on the Rappahannock River, that first day out. In the past two weeks Dan and his friends have enjoyed waterfront adventures at Lake Mooney, City Dock, Fairview Beach Yacht Club, and Mountain Run Lake. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join RACSB Prevention Specialist Jennifer Bateman as you make a bright and colorful Rainbow Windsock Craft.
Art materials needed include a selection of colorful ribbons or crepe paper, markers, an empty toilet tissue roll, string, and other decorating supplies. This project can be completed by all ages with the help of an adult. The approximate time to complete this activity is 30 to 60 minutes.
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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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