The community and health of the individuals is positively impacted by the promotion of prevention and wellness. The prevention efforts of our providers focus on building awareness, reducing risk and reinforcing protective factors.
The Paint Valley ADAMH Board assures access to a variety of prevention services through our providers and community partners.

Prevention is happening in our communities and schools.  Below are some of our highlights:

  • Pickaway, Pike and Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalitions provides outreach, support to survivors of suicide, and other awareness and prevention services.
  • Pickaway Area Recovery in Pickaway County offers Life Skills and Too Good for Drugs curriculum to school aged children.
  • The Recovery Council in Pike County offers evidence-based Too Good For Drugs to school aged children.
  • Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center offers not only Life Skills, but Positive Adolescent Choices.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-Central Ohio, provide evidence-based Turning Point Education and alternatives to alcohol and drug addiction.
  • PAX GBG is an evidence-based model that promotes self-regulation in children at an earlier age. By equipping children with these self-regulation skills earlier, they learn to regulate their behaviors (with the help of their peers) and make better decisions, positively impacting the children, their school and the community. In case you are wondering PAX is not an acronym, it is the latin word for peace. To build PAX is to build peace in the classroom and the community.
  • The ADAMH Board is now offering the community companion to PAX Good Behavior Game to the community (PAX Tools). PAX Good Behavior Game is only utilized in the school setting by teachers. While PAX Tools (intended for parents/guardians and youth workers) is a much simpler version of the good stuff in PAX GBG aimed to reinforce what children are learning in the classroom

The cost-benefit estimates show that effective school-based programs pay for themselves and more. For every dollar spent on these programs, an average of $18 dollars per student would be saved over their lifetime.


Source: Miller, T. and Hendrie, D. Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, DHHS Pub. No. (SMA) 07-4298. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008.