MCSAC Programs

LifeSkills Training is an evidence based program that teaches youth the skills they need to resist peer pressure and learn healthy coping skills. The program meets the Indiana state standards for elementary, middle, and high school.

Be the Majority! is an environmental strategy designed to address the misconception that all youth are using alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.  The reality is, according to the Indiana Youth Survey data, 7 out of 10 Morgan County teens choose not to use these harmful substances.

MCSAC wants the youth and teens of our community to realize that by choosing NOT to misuse substances, they are already in the majority of their peers.

Youth involved in Morgan County’s Drug Free Youth (DFY) are the faces and voices of the Be the Majority! campaign in posters, billboards, and videos shared throughout the county.

Success Over Stress (SOS) is an evidence based program designed for adults. This program focuses on effectively recognizing what causes individual stress and how to manage those stressors in a positive way.

We modify this program to fit the need of each particular group. Typically it is a one-hour program. Some of our programs include making art and craft projects, learning effective tips, and group conversations. An example of one program is our adult art and craft class. We listen to relaxing music while we do an art project and enjoy a light snack with some tea or hot chocolate.

Positive Action is an educational program that promotes a fundamental interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. 

Impairment Goggles

The participants wear various versions of impaired goggles (marijuana, alcohol, other drugs) while completing a basic obstacle course. The goggles simulate many of the effects of being under the influence of these substances. The result is that the wearer’s balance and equilibrium are affected, making them stumble and struggle to walk a straight line or perform basic functions, as if impaired. This program is available, and modified, for everyone from 3rd grade through adults.

Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR is a Suicidal prevention training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. MCSAC offers this program free of charge to any interested group.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration and lifelong health and opportunity. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have lasting, negative effects on health, well-being, and opportunity. ACEs and their associated harms are preventable. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full health and life potential. The program promotes social norms that protect against violence and adversity. The program teaches skills by social-emotional learning. The program discusses safe dating and building healthy relationships and positive parenting skills and family relationship approaches.

Substance Education

Substance Education enables individuals to recognize and challenge common misconceptions about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Through practice can learn information and practical ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug use) resistance skills for dealing with peers and media pressure to engage in ATOD use.

Topics include: Fentanyl and other Opioids, Tobacco, Vaping, Alcohol and Marijuana

Other topics are available by request.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. We work to educate individuals to make them aware of what it is and how to help them make better choices for themselves and other to keep each other safe.

Narcan Education and Distribution

The FREE program trains lay responders (community members, people with substance use disorder, and their friends and family members) on how to reduce overdose risks, recognize signs of an overdose, access medical services, and administer Narcan Nasal Spray. Discussion will include taking other action (e.g., rescue breathing and contacting emergency medical assistance). The training takes less than 30 minutes. After being trained, each participant will be eligible to receive Narcan nasal spray filled with Naloxone Hydrochloride.

Participants will also receive resources and referral information pertaining to substance use disorder treatment, where they can become trained in CPR and information about local recovery and support groups.

This program is conducted in partnership with Morgan County Substance Abuse Council (MCSAC), the Morgan County Health Department and the local chapter of Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL).

This is NOT About Drugs

This is Not About Drugs (TINAD) is a universal program that addresses youth substance abuse with an emphasis on prescription opioids. It is designed for grades 6–12 and can take place in a classroom or small group setting. It aligns with most the evidence-based and common health curriculums programs such as Botvin LifeSkills and Too Good for Drugs.

Stigma Reduction

We conduct presentations to help correct negative language that can cause stigma by sharing accurate information. We discuss how to speak out against negative behaviors and statements, including those on social media. We discuss how it is okay to talk openly about mental health and the be conscious of language – remind people that words matter.