226 South Maple Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601
Community Prevention Services of Westmoreland provides Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Prevention programs and activities. We also offer the Communities that Care Program in the Monessen School District.
Community Prevention Services of Westmoreland (CPSW) provides Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention programs and activities. We engage the community in substance abuse education and awareness, personal life skills development and alternative activities that help children and youth achieve a drug-free passage into adulthood.
Our goal is to foster healthy lifestyles for all age groups. We provide prevention services from "womb to tomb" throughout Westmoreland County. CPS promotes positive attitudes and responsible citizenship in the community by providing prevention/education and outreach services.
CPSW collaborates with community-based events such as Red Ribbon Week, National Inhalants Awareness Week, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Day, National Recovery Month, Tobacco Enforcement Compliance Checks, Project "Sticker Shock" to combat underage drinking and the "Reality Tour" a portrayal of the life and death of a drug user.
The general public is reached through outreach, newsletters, public service announcements, health fairs, puppet shows and speaking engagements. We utilize Evidence-Based Programs that enable us to track outcomes and measure our successes, as well as our own innovative-interactive activities.
Prevention and Tobacco Specialists educate county residents on a diversity of topics including the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, making healthy decisions, learning refusal skills, and STD/HIV education and outreach services. CPSW is funded by the Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission (WEDAC) and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP).
Eligibility for CPSW
We offer alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and education programs to Westmoreland County. We serve children, adults, senior citizens and community groups. Our programs and services are free.
For More Information
Contact Westmoreland Community Action for more information on the Community Prevention Program or call 724-834-1260 x 132.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking
The Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking public awareness campaign was developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance in 2000. The campaign objectives are to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen house parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Underage Drinking Laws.
The campaign takes place on a local and a statewide level and concentrates on celebratory times for youth: homecoming, holiday, prom and graduation seasons and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent.
Since the campaign began it has been requested for replication in all 50 states, Canada, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In 2001, the Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking campaign received the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Promising Prevention Program Award.
In order to facilitate local support for the campaign, public awareness kits are disseminated when requested from the Drug Free Action Alliance to local communities. The kits contain helpful materials to assist in local implementation. The intent of the kits is to provide communities with tools that are factual, reproducible, and free. Drug-Free Action Alliance must be acknowledged as the originator of the campaign on all reproduced materials.
Mini-grants have been given to local communities to promote the campaign. These communities in turn partner with their schools, businesses and media in their local area to increase the distribution of this important message. Funding has also been used to increase law enforcement activities through compliance checks and party patrols. On a statewide level, Drug-Free Action Alliance partners with corporations to reproduce and disseminate materials to their customers and employees. Participating corporations include large manufacturers, grocery stores, convenience stores and insurance companies.
Since the campaign began in 2000, an independent evaluation by the Miami University, Applied Research Center has been conducted, with a targeted phone survey of households in Franklin County with a parent and a teen between the ages of 13-18. The survey seeks to determine the attitudes and perceptions of respondents regarding teen alcohol use and specifically adult provision of alcohol to teens. There have been observable changes in attitudes and behaviors related to underage drinking. The comparative data from 2001 to 2006 phone surveys indicated the following changes.
In conclusion, the evaluation results support the campaign’s effectiveness for increasing knowledge of underage drinking laws, providing important educational information to parents and youth about underage drinking, and helping to prevent parents and other adults from hosting parties where alcohol is available or served to teens.
Drug-Free Action Alliance is the sub-grantee from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services for the grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative funds.
For more information about the campaign or to receive a copy of the campaign materials, please contact Drug-Free Action Alliance at www.DrugFreeActionAlliance.org or (614)540-9985.
For More Information
Contact Westmoreland Community
Action for more information on the
Community Prevention Program or call 724-834-1260 x 132.
We Provide Services to Residents of Westmoreland County
At Westmoreland Community Action, we provide services to residents in towns and townships throughout Westmoreland County, PA including: Adamsburg, Alverton, Arnold, Bolivar, Claridge, Crabtree, Delmont, Derry, Donegal, East Vandergrift, Export, Greensburg, Harrison City, Herminie, Irwin, Jeannette, Kecksburg, Latrobe, Ligonier, Lower Burrell, Mammoth, Manor, Monessen, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, New Alexandria, New Florence, New Kensington, New Stanton, North Belle Vernon, Norvelt, Scottdale, Smithton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Stahlstown, Trafford, Vandergrift, West Newton, Youngstown, and Youngwood.
Townships in Westmoreland County include:
Allegheny Township, Bell Township, Cook Township, Derry Township, Donegal Township, East Huntingdon Township, Fairfield Township, Hempfield Township, Ligonier Township, Lower Burrell Township, Loyalhanna Township, Mount Pleasant Township, Murrysville Township, North Huntingdon Township, Penn Township, Rostraver Township, Saint Clair Township, Salem Township, Sewickley Township, South Huntingdon Township, Upper Burrell Township, Unity Township, and Washington Township