Prevention Resources, Inc. is a 501c3 not for profit agency with a 50-year history as a critical community resource, headquartered in Hunterdon, NJ with service to Hunterdon, Somerset, Bucks and Monmouth Counties. Prevention Resources (PR) promotes Health and Wellness for individuals, families and communities through Education, Collaboration, Advocacy and Treatment. PR’s core values reflect the agency’s philosophy and culture, and permeate all we do: empowerment, equality, integrity, confidentiality and collaboration. PR is committed to integrating and aligning services across the regions we serve. PR is overseen by elected governance Board of Trustees that is diverse, participatory, and connected to the staff through bimonthly meetings, and utilization of a continued 360-degree review of the agencies practices and policies. PR’s “best practices” and “thinking out of the box” is based on our adherence to all policies and practices recommended by the Center for Non-Profits, as well as adherence to the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and New Jersey Standards for Prevention (NJSP), which is strength-based. PR staff is highly trained in all curriculums delivered and participates in a liberal staff development program (to ensure they are current with all trends, community issues and new resources). PR has historically shown its ability to propose, plan, carry out and meet and exceed evaluative requirements for previously secured grants.
PR has experienced tremendous growth in the last ten years from its founding as an Information and Referral Center in 1972 to its current structure of three divisions serving over 15,000 people directly, and many more through our Coalitions and Environmental change strategy initiatives.
Our agency is broken into three divisions; Family Success Centers, Prevention Services and Support Services.
Family Success Centers (FSC) Division: PR has an established history working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in its management of two highly successful Family Success Center’s; the Harvest FSC in Flemington and Oceans FSC in Asbury Park, NJ. The FSC provides a welcoming and family friendly environment to all of its community members. The mission is to strengthen individuals and families through collaborative activities, educational workshops, and one-on-one partnerships. The focus is to empower families with the knowledge and skills needed to maintain healthy relationships and peaceful, mindful lives.
The Prevention Services covers Prevention Education, Community Coalitions, and Community Based Strategies to reduce substance use. PR provides Prevention Education Programs and services to all Hunterdon County residents and is committed to implementing a full continuum of science and evidence-based programs. PR’s prevention education programs are comprised of programs for school-aged children (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) on a myriad of topics, as well as parenting, senior and community programs. Our coalitions utilize a public health model called the Strategic Prevention Framework, which includes utilizing data driven assessments, environmental strategies based off logic models and data driven evaluation to ensure successful proven outcomes. With the collaborative partnerships, shared resources and focused environmental strategies, the coalitions work to achieve critical, population-level, environmental changes that significantly contribute to decreasing the incidence of youth substance use in our community.
The Support Services division of PR covers Treatment/Early Intervention services, Family Support Services and Recovery. PR is a licensed level 1 outpatient treatment program, licensed by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DHMAS). Treatment categories include early intervention substance use assessment and substance abuse counseling, marriage, family, mental health, and anger management counseling and Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center. In 2011, PR collaborated with law enforcement to create L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Adolescent Program), an early intervention service. L.E.A.P. recognizes that family dynamics often leads to youth engaging in high- risk behaviors or engaging in illicit activities such as underage drinking and illegal drug use. In collaboration with Prevention Links (PL), PR has created Family Support Centers; PR covers Hunterdon, Mercer and Somerset Counties, and PL covers Monmouth, Middlesex and Union Counties in order to reach a higher number of parents/caregivers of young adults. The Family Support Center goal is to provides support to parents of young adults struggling with their loved one’s opioid use disorder. The Center offers parent support, education, resources and advocacy in an environment that is safe and non-discriminatory. Lastly, our recovery center, Open Door Recovery, was created to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance use and addiction. Our Peer Recovery program, provides peer to peer recovery support which includes referrals to appropriate treatment, care coordination, evidence-based programs and linkages to providers and services that can help facilitate recovery and wellness.
All division services are predicated on Evidence-Based Practices to ensure we have substantive and measurable changes in all we do. As long-term members of the Center for Non-Profits, we implement all recommended best practices to ensure growth, sustainability and accountability to the communities we serve.