Prevention Services

UConnectCare’s prevention department strives to reduce the incidence and prevalence of substance use for people of all ages. Our philosophy is based on prevention science; using programs that are research based, data driven, and outcome focused.  Programs are delivered in school and community settings and aim to promote a healthy lifestyle.

A needs assessment is administered to youth throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties biannually, helping us identify appropriate strategies to address community needs regarding prevention. UConnectCare Prevention Educators are available to deliver a variety of services and certified programs.  Prevention services range from one-to-one support services for youth, evidence based programs, and community presentations. Prevention educators cover a variety of topics related to the prevention of substance use disorders to include information about underage alcohol and drug use, current drug trends, problem gambling prevention, and naloxone training. Our programs and presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your classroom or group.

Prevention offices are located in Batavia and Albion. Our service area is primarily Genesee and Orleans counties, however our Prevention Resource Center extends to Wyoming, Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Livingston counties.  If you have questions about our prevention services and programs, please contact Assistant Director of Prevention Sheila Harding at 585-815-1872 or 

Student Screening & Referral Services

1:1 meetings with students who may be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.  These meetings often occur at a student’s school, but are also available at our Prevention offices in Albion and Batavia.

Evidence Based Programs

We offer a variety of programs in a classroom or support group setting proven to reduce the risk of substance use for youth.

WNY Prevention Resource Center

The Western New York Prevention Resource Center was created to offer support, guidance and assistance to community groups and SUD prevention coalitions throughout the eight counties of WNY. To learn more, visit the WNY PRC website.

Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming Opioid Task Force

Working collectively to help reduce opioid and heroin addiction, prevent overdose deaths, and improve the quality of life in our community.  The task force is a collaborative effort with representation from all three counties.  The GOW Opioid Task Force is led by Genesee and Orleans Health Department and UConnectCare.  Learn more by visiting the GOW Opioid Task Force website.