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Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS)

Prevention Services

If you have a Behavioral Health emergency call 911.

To access referrals or call the Crisis Line, phone 1-888-724-7240.

San Diego County's alcohol and drug prevention strategy uses a community change model to prevent alcohol and drug problems throughout the region.

The prevention strategy focuses on four primary countywide initiatives: the Underage Drinking Initiative (1995), which addresses underage drinking issues in our communities and across the Border; Methamphetamine Strike Force (1996), which addresses the personal, community and environmental impact of methamphetamine; the Marijuana Initiative (2005)  to focus on  youth use of marijuana, and the Prescription Drug Task Force (2008) to address the illicit use of  prescription drugs in the region. Providing a targeted focus on these issues allows the County to develop long term, strategic and sustainable prevention plans for each initiative, provides coordination and shared resources where possible, and provides flexible prioritization in each region regarding how each initiative will be tailored to individual community needs.

Accomplishments include:

  • Advanced Social Host Ordinances to approval in all 18 cities within the County, as well as unincorporated areas

  • Created a Methamphetamine Report Card

  • Created the Countywide Law Enforcement Task Force on Underage Drinking and DUI

  • Worked with Tijuana officials to establish and allocate funds for Responsible Beverage Services and Sales training to reduce problems of U.S. youth drinking in Tijuana

  • The Tijuana Border Project received federal designation as a SAMHSA Model Program

  • Developed and implemented a youth-led campaign to raise public awareness of video games promoting drug use

  • Succeeded in establishing policies at community events to prohibit sales of pro-marijuana-themed merchandise

  • Created a street fair vendor policy prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia or any item that promotes the use of illicit drugs

  • Worked with community members to pass permanent alcohol-free beaches

  • Provides Responsible Beverage Service training to over 1000 persons annually and train over 700 volunteers to serve alcohol responsibly at special events around the County

  • Developed a Prescription Drug Abuse plan

Prevention Brochure

The following list of sites provide prevention services throughout the county, grouped by geographic location.

Central San Diego County

Mid-City for Youth
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
4275 El Cajon Blvd, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92105
Tel: (619) 283-9624
Fax: (619) 582-9057
 
North City Prevention Coalition
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
4340 Genesee Ave, Suite 207
San Diego, CA 92117
Tel: (619) 582-9056
Fax: (619) 582-9057

 

East San Diego County

East County Community Change Project & Institute for Public Strategies
131 Avocado Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
Tel: (619) 456-9607
Fax: (619) 476-9104
 

 

North San Diego County

North Inland Community Prevention Program (NICPP)
Mental Health Systems, Inc.
12344 Oak Knoll Road, Suite C-1
Poway, CA 92064
Tel: (858) 391-9303
Fax: (858) 391-9302
North Coastal Prevention Collaborative
Vista Community Clinic
1000 Vale Terrace
Vista, CA 92084
Tel: (760) 407-1220 x7150
Fax: (760) 414-3736

 

South San Diego County

South Bay Community Change Project
Institute for Public Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 476-9100, x331
Fax: (619) 476-9104
 

 

County-Wide Services

Countywide Media Advocacy Project Institute for Public
Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 476-9100, ext 307
Fax: (619) 476-9104
Methamphetamine Strike Force & Prescription Drug Task Force
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (760) 749-8792
Fax: (760) 749-9486
Prevention Evaluation ProjectCenter for Community Research (CCR)
3111 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 528-2235
Fax: (619) 528-2297
 
Responsible Hospitality Coalition
Institute for Public Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (858) 793-1585
Fax: (858) 793-1585
 
San Diego County Office of Education
Club Live (Middle School Youth)
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (858) 292-3577
Fax: (619) 682-5252
San Diego County Office of Education
Friday Night Live (High School youth)
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (858) 292-3577
Fax: (619) 682-5252

Binge/Underage Drinking Initiative & Alcohol Policy Panel Institute for Public Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 476-9100, x313
Fax: (619) 476-9104

Marijuana Initiative Facilitation Center for Community Research
3111 Camino del Rio North, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 528-2235
Fax: (619) 528-2297

All programs listed in this site receive funding by contract with the County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Services to provide prevention, treatment, recovery, and or ancillary services. Except as restricted by State licensing regulations, services are provided without discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, disability, or ability to pay. Client fees are waived for drug Medi-Cal eligible persons participating in Medi-Cal certified services.

 

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