There are serious social problems that affect schools across the country; Bucks County is certainly not immune to them. These issues include abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as school safety. The BCIU Prevention Programs staff strives to directly respond to these issues as well as to support school districts in their efforts to provide students with healthy, safe environments and the skills that they need to make positive choices.
We focus on evidence-based ATOD curricula and violence prevention/bullying initiatives, and provide various programs and services to increase awareness and early identification of at-risk students through professional development and support, our lending library, and direct student services.
Due to the increased concerns, our office will be providing suicide prevention curriculum throughout Bucks County Schools. We also work with several existing consortiums to request counsel on social issues facing our students. These associations include the Bucks County Safe & Drug Free Schools Advisory Council, the Bucks County Health & Physical Education Advisory Council, the BCIU Programs & Services Advisory Council and Bucks County School Counselor's Committee.
Our office actively collaborates with community groups to help address these social issues. They include:
• Bucks County Youth Suicide Prevention Taskforce (BCYSPT)
• Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission Prevention Service Providers
• Bucks County Partnership for Healthy Youth Taskforce
• Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities, a community coalition
Under a grant from the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC), the BCIU provides programs to public and non public schools. Services include both professional development and direct student services in the areas of alcohol, tobacco drugs and violence prevention. The BCIU is also focusing on programs related to problem gambling among youth.
The BCIU also coordinates a countywide Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force (which developed a manual that is available to download here). Bucks County Youth Suicide Resource Guide