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Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Services


The PEI Program provides a multitude of free services and trainings for community members, school staff, and law enforcement personnel. PEI activities are designed to increase awareness of risk factors and early warning signs of mental health disorders and decrease stigma, as well as to create awareness of, and alternatives to, substance use among youth.

School-Based Programs


Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a ten-week course offered for adolescents on a high school campus. It is a cognitive behavioral intervention that trains participants to cope with their aggressive and/or violent behaviors. It is taught in three one-hour classes per week, focusing on Social Skills, Anger Control Training, and Moral Reasoning. Participants are selected by school administration, not to exceed 15 participants per course. PEI provides trained instructors and all materials to a limited number of high schools.

Contact: Kristen Batchelder, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Friday Night Live is a substance abuse prevention program for adolescents and teens. Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive healthy children and youth development and engages youth as active leaders and resources in their communities.

Contact: Meagan Poage, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Girls’ Circle is a high school or middle school girls’ support group that will run in eight, ten, or twelve week sessions, meeting once per week for 40-60 minutes. Each session will have a theme, and each week with include activities and/or discussion related to topics within that theme. PEI staff will facilitate and support the activities and/or discussions, but participants will be encouraged to direct the discussions and to support each other. Participants can be referred by school staff, or self-referred. Girls’ Circle will be offered at a limited number of schools each session.

Contact: (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Life Skills Training Elementary School Program is a developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve knowledge of essential life skills - all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. Classes will be taught for 50 minutes once per week for eight weeks by PEI staff at a limited number of elementary schools. Schools are asked to purchase student materials for participants ($5 each).

Contact: Meagan Poage, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Life Skills Training High School Program is designed to promote positive health and personal development for high school youth. The program helps adolescents navigate the challenges of the high school years, and prepares them for the independence and responsibilities they will encounter as young adults. The program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to prevent substance use, violence, and other health risk behaviors. Classes will be taught for 50 minutes once per week for eight weeks by PEI staff at a limited number of high schools. Schools are asked to purchase student materials for participants ($5 each).

Contact: Meagan Poage, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October. Activities vary from school to school; PEI can support a limited number of elementary schools (on a first come, first served basis) with a speaker, a PowerPoint presentation, and fun giveaways for students.

Contact: Meagan Poage, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Second Step training develops social and emotional learning by building communication skills, increasing self-confidence, and helping students identify goals and responsibilities. PEI staff offer weekly 50-minute classes for sixth, seventh, and/or eighth grade students in separate classes by grade. Sessions are twelve to fourteen weeks long.

Contact: Meagan Poage, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a middle school suicide prevention and risk awareness training. Using an age-appropriate DVD and follow-up discussion, the training is provided to middle school staff, students, and families to give youth the skills to “Acknowledge, Care, and Tell” if they feel that they, or someone they know, is showing signs of depression or may be at risk of suicide. Presentations can be scheduled throughout the year at schools that serve 6-8 grade students.

Contact: Kristen Batchelder, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Trainings are designed to address youth/teen suicide prevention and suicide risk awareness in high school. Student leaders can be trained by PEI staff to present information to their peers with the support of PEI staff, or PEI staff can present the information to the student body. Presentations can be scheduled throughout the year at high schools.

Contact: Kristen Batchelder, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

School Referred, Off-Site Programs


Nurtured Heart Approach is a relationship-focused methodology focused on helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. Originally developed for working with the most difficult children, including children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety related symptoms, it has been used effectively to help all kinds of families and children to better communicate and interact. Offered in multiple locations in Yuba and Sutter counties in English and in Spanish, Nurtured Heart classes run for an hour and a half a week for five weeks. Classes are intended for adult participants.

Contact: John Floe or Rudy Rodriguez, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Strengthening Families is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and general population families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, and to improve social competencies and school performance. The Strengthening Families Program is offered locally as a seven-week program for families with children 10-14 years old. Families are provided with dinner, then parents and youth go into separate classes for age-appropriate skill building, activities, and discussion. Families reunite to work together in a family class. Childcare is provided for younger children. Each session is two and a half hours long, including the family dinner. There is no cost for participants.

Contact: Rudy Rodriquez, (530) 822-7215/ [email protected]

Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health Network of Care Website This Website is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other resources.