Local training offered on substance abuse prevention

Local News

December 4, 2019 - 9:42 AM

A four-day training next week will teach local leaders how to help prevent substance abuse in Allen County.

The Allen County Multi-Agency Task Force and Thrive Allen County are teaming up to bring the four-day training to the Allen County Courthouse, starting Monday morning.

The program will look at the history of substance abuse, and the effects of addiction and abusive substances on the brain and health. The course will teach skills to implement effective prevention programs to improve health and wellness.

It is aimed at members of community coalitions working to address substance abuse, and professionals working in fields related to substance abuse prevention.

“I’m very excited that this free training is coming to Allen County,” Jessica McGinnis, Drug Free Community Coordinator with Allen County Multi-Agency Team (ACMAT) and Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center, said. “It’s a fundamental training for those in our community who care about addressing substance abuse and prevention work.”

The program is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Participants will qualify for continuing education credits or educational credentials.

For those who are interested in attending the training, contact McGinnis at 620-365-5717. There is no charge to attend, but an online course must be completed as part of the registration process.

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