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Prevention Services

Strengthening Families

This evidence-based program increases family cohesiveness. Children ages 3-17 receive counseling in their home, at school, and in the community. Counselors work with clients to identify early risk factors that can lead to later at-risk behaviors. Counselors help families set rules and goals that are achievable. Studies show that children who live in a structured environment, can read, follow rules, communicate, and think independently, achieve more and report higher feelings of contentment than others. Counselors work with the client from four (4) to six (6) months dependent upon individual need. Referrals to wrap-around services are made as needed. Please contact us with any questions regarding specific programming or eligibility requirements. Read more

To learn more about the US Surgeon General’s approach to substance use prevention please click here.

New Directions and Safe & Sound

Throughout Hillsborough County, Counselors use evidence-based curricula, Life Skills Training, Curriculum-Based Support Group, and Project SUCCESS, for middle and high school students. Topics include drug and alcohol education, resisting peer pressure, improving self-esteem, managing anger, decision-making skills, goal-setting and more. Counselors off er group and individual counseling to students that have been referred by school officials, parents, peers, or by self-referral. A New Directions or Safe & Sound Counselor can be found in 33 schools within Hillsborough County – for a complete list please contact us!


Cove Behavioral Health has partnered with education technology company EVERFI to provide RxSmart, an innovative digital course that arms high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. RxSmart is implemented through the school’s Physical Education program as a supplement to the HOPE curriculum. To learn more about implementing this program in your school, please contact us.

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These strategies address prescription drug and alcohol abuse to all residents of Hillsborough County. Prevention Specialists provide information and education via tabling events, commercials, and other community health/wellness fairs.

Watch Your BAC

Offered on local college campuses this program focuses on addressing high risk binge drinking and its negative consequences by providing educational as well as information and referral services for students, parents and community members. Using innovative strategies, including the websites and print media, the partners involved in this program provide students, their parents and the larger community access to information stressing the importance of understanding the effects of alcohol consumption by providing information on how to monitor blood alcohol concentration.

Use Only as Directed

Use Only as Directed is an environmental Prevention campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of medication misuse and preventive measures available to everyone. We welcome your feedback about the campaign. Community participation is greatly appreciated.

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