Community Overview

 

Community Overview

At the core of The Center’s services are programs available to the community. Some community programs are provided to individuals and groups, while others are intended for entire municipalities.

We believe that it is the collective efforts among our community partners that will ultimately shift the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of our residents to support efforts that encourage youth, teens and adults to make smart, safe decisions about the use of alcohol and drugs.


Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC)

In August, 2010, the BCPC was created to bring together individuals and organizations that are committed to, and passionate about, reducing the prevalent rates of alcohol and drug use among youth and young adults in Bergen County and preventing the problems that often result. BCPC’s members work together to address these significant issues by leveraging resources and building on the group’s collective strengths to influence the environment as it relates to alcohol and other drugs in Bergen County. Ultimately, the BCPS will be a comprehensive community coalition that will respond to community conditions by developing and implementing multi-faceted plans that lead to measurable, population-level reduction in one or more substance abuse problems. Read more...


Childhood Drinking Coalition

Research indicates that the average age of first use of alcohol is now 11 years old. It is especially concerning that young people in New Jersey appear to be experimenting with alcohol at a rate above what is reported nationally. Approximately 407,000 underage youth in New Jersey report that they drank alcohol in the past year. The Childhood Drinking Coalition was created in response to these findings and the fact that alcohol continues to be the most widely used and abused drug by America’s young people. Read more...


Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA)

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol is a youth-led community movement with a mission is to develop youth and adult partnerships to impact public policy and change community norms that encourage early and sustained alcohol use. CMCA is a community-based program designed to reduce teens’ (13 to 20 years of age) access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices. CMCA seeks both to limit youths’ access to alcohol by eliminating illegal alcohol sales to minors and preventing the provision of alcohol to youth in the community and for the community to communicate a unified and clear message about underage drinking being inappropriate and unacceptable. Read more...


Coping with Work and Family Stress

Coping with Work and Family Stress is a program designed to teach adults 18 years and older how to deal with stressors at work and at home through behavioral, social and cognitive strategies. Individuals participate in a group size of 8 to 12 people. They meet* once a week for eight weeks, two hours each session. Read more...


Employee Assistance Program

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to employers in Bergen County who want to provide employees and their families with confidential, professional counseling when a personal or emotional problem becomes more than the individual can handle alone or when it begins to interfere with the employee’s job performance. Problems can range from family conflicts to alcohol and substance abuse to managing stress, depression and grief. Read more...


Faith Based Initiative

Many individuals suffering from alcohol, tobacco and other drug addictions (ATOD) turn to their religious leaders for help and guidance. The Center believes that the religious community in Bergen County has the ability and unique opportunity to influence and reach out and help these individuals and their families who are suffering from substance dependency and related problems. Read more...


Take Control of Your Health

Take Control of Your Health helps people with chronic conditions and their caregivers, overcome daily challenges and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Often, we do not recognize health issues and diseases that are chronic conditions. These may include, but not be limited to: diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, chronic back pain, arthritis or other consistent long term issues that affect our daily lives. Participants will learn skills that help them take a more active role in their health and health care. Audience: Anyone dealing with chronic (long term) health condition, caretakers or adults 60+. Read more...


Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education is a 6-session program that celebrates healthy aging by educating older adults about the positive aspects of growing older, maintaining a positive attitude and develop a comprehensive plan for working with all your health care professionals. Participants gain an understanding of common aging issues so they can avoid problems associated with the interaction of over-the-counter, prescription medication, herbal remedies and alcohol while supporting their ability to make positive lifestyle choices as they age. Audience: Seniors 55+. Read more...