Twin Lakes provides thorough, evidence-based substance use disorder prevention programs and services:
- In the community.
- At schools.
- With families.
- At the one-on-one level.
Our goal is to help prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use by promoting healthy lifestyles and neighborhoods.
Prevention and education services are either self-pay or funded through grants and government sources.
Our evidence-based prevention and education programs
Botvin LifeSkills® Training
Botvin LifeSkills Training is a program geared toward preventing substance use and violence. It targets students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
There are 8 elementary sessions, each lasting 45-minutes. The middle and high school program has up to 18 sessions, each lasting 45-minutes.
Botvin LifeSkills Training:
- Improves knowledge of life skills, self-esteem, and healthy life choices.
- Promotes positive outcomes by teaching social skills, ways to deal with stress, communication, and decision-making.
- Includes talks on smoking, drug use, and alcohol.
- Teaches skills to help students handle peer pressure and make healthy, lasting lifestyle choices.
Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones (HALO)
HALO is an age-appropriate program for children ages 3 to 6.
There are 12 HALO sessions, each lasting 30 minutes. HALO uses songs, games, and demonstrations to teach children how to tell the difference between healthy and harmful choices.
This program encourages kids to:
- Learn about their emotions.
- Form social skills.
- Build awareness of how the body works and how drugs and alcohol can harm it.
Project Towards No Drug Abuse (PTND)
PTND is a 12-unit, 45-minute drug prevention program for high school students to help them:
- Become better decision-makers.
- Learn refusal and communication skills.
- Inspire them to not use drugs.
EVERFI offers self-paced online modules where students can learn:
- Prescription Drug Safety Basics. Topics include safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription medicine. It also covers the science of addiction, refusal skills, and how to support friends in need.
- Mental Wellness Basics. Topics include mental health disorders, healthy coping skills, and how to get help for themselves or a friend.
- Drinking Decisions and Basics. AlcoholEDU® explores influences involved in deciding to drink. Other topics include how alcohol affects the brain and body and how to make smart decisions in the future.
The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)
Somerset County school students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 take the survey every 2 years.
This anonymous survey explores student behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence.
PAYS uses the data to:
- Update schools, state agency directors, legislators, and others on changes in harmful substance use and behaviors.
- Assess risk factors for harmful behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them. Community leaders can use this data to direct prevention resources where they will have the greatest impact.
Project Sticker Shock
Each spring, you'll see stickers on cases of alcohol at Somerset County beer distributors to increase awareness of state underage drinking laws.
The goal is to educate the public and change attitudes about selling and serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Twin Lakes works with local Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters and beer distributors on this campaign.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week happens the last full week in October to honor Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena. Kiki was an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency who was murdered by a drug cartel.
During Red Ribbon Week, students in Somerset County:
- Get a red ribbon to wear.
- Participate in contests.
- Are challenged to be mindful of drug use and provide positive messages in their school and neighborhoods.
Twin Lakes partners with the Drug-Free Communities Coalition and other groups in the county to spread the drug-free message. They give the red ribbons at no cost to schools and share ideas on drug-free activities.
The week also includes a Red Ribbon Rally at the Somerset County Courthouse to award contest winners. Community members join in with displays of red bows and posters at local businesses.
Recovery to Work Program
Recovery to Work is a program to help individuals in recovery rejoin the workforce. The program highlights training topics to help you gain employment including:
- Resume building.
- Interview skills.
- Communication skills.
Learn more about the Recovery to Work program.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
This program provides liaison support to school-based SADD chapters.
It also offers students the chance to work on their skills at regional and local conferences and training.