The Center for Prevention Services at Pathways of Central Ohio provides a systematic approach to mental, emotional and behavioral health disorders through promoting personal growth and self-reliance for individuals, families and communities and coordinating services, providing training and offering technical assistance to individuals experiencing concerns regarding substance use/abuse, bullying, suicide, mental illness, problem or pathological gambling and/or violence. Staff of the Center for Prevention Services are certified by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board as well as the American School Counselor Association and receive extensive training in multiple evidence-based curricula.
|Bobby Persinger, BPS, CIRS, CPC
Director, Center for Prevention Services
(740) 345-6166 ext. 228
|Lezlie Ankrom, BPS, CPS
Senior Prevention Coordinator
(740) 345-6166 ext. 224
|Connie Wright, BPS, CPS
(740) 345-6166 ext. 218
|Janet Thode, BPS, CPS
(740) 345-6166 ext. 220
(740) 345-6166 ext. 215
Center for Prevention Services
The Licking County Prevention Partnership (LCPP) is a community-wide collaborative whose mission is the development of safe and healthy neighborhoods through collaborative planning, community action, policy advocacy and enforcement. The LCPP educates about the dangers of violence, bullying, suicide, and drug use as well as the correlation between drug use and other behavioral health issues.
If you would like more information on the Licking County Prevention Partnership, click here or contact Bobby Persinger.
CPS staff are trained and certified in a variety of evidence-based curricula including Project ALERT, LifeSkills Training (LST), Signs of Suicide (SOS), Stacked Deck, Prime for Life and WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education). Each evidence-based process is designed to help individuals understand the dangers of substance use, problem gambling, bullying and violent behaviors and curb unsafe and unhealthy decision making.
Project ALERT: Project ALERT is effective in motivating students against drug use, provide skills to resist drugs and establish non-use attitudes and beliefs.
LifeSkills Training (LST): LifeSkills is proven to reduce the risk of substance use, violence and other high-risk behaviors and promote healthy ways to handle challenging situations.
Signs of Suicide (SOS): SOS is proven to improve students awareness of mental health concerns and help identify individuals who may be thinking about suicide.
Stacked Deck: Stacked Deck is a curriculum designed to modify attitudes and beliefs towards gambling and prevent problem gambling behaviors.
Prime for Life: Prime for Life is an early intervention process designed to curb unhealthy behaviors including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
WISE: The only evidence-based curricula designed to increase the awareness of prescription drug misuse and abuse as well as promote safe and healthy medication taking practices among older adults.
If you would like more information or to schedule an evidence-based program contact Bobby Persinger.
The Center for Prevention Services offers an early intervention program for persons 13-21 years old. U-Turn is based on the evidence-based curriculum Prime for Life and is a 4 hour class full of educational information designed to curb the onset of substance use. U-Turn is not mental health counseling or treatment for substance use/abuse.
Cost: $100 (cash or check only)
If you would like more information or to register for a U-Turn class click here or contact Bobby Persinger.
The Youth Leadership Council of LIcking County is an award-winning, youth-led prevention and leadership development project comprised of high school students from Licking County who work to help make Licking County a happy, healthy, safe and drug free place to live, work and go to school. Through community service, leadership development, civic engagement and prevention education, the YLC stives to educate and inform parents, professionals and their peers on the dangers of substance use, abuse and violence.
If you would like more information visit www.kidscaretoo.org or contact Bobby Persinger.
The Center for Prevention Services offers effective, evidence-based problem gambling prevention programming and services. Through the Play It Safe Ohio initiative, we provide information and education regarding problem gambling and how to get help if you or someone you know is experiencing issues related to problem or pathological gambling.
If you would like more information visit www.playitsafeohio.org or contact Bobby Persinger.
The Center for Prevention Services offers custom designed services to meet the needs and schedules of individual customers.
Customers include (but are not limited to):
• School Age Youth (Pre-school through High school)
• Parents & Other Family Members • School Personnel (Principals, Teachers & Nurses)
• Child Care Center Staff (Administrators, Teachers)
• Medical Professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners)
• Business Professionals (Management, Staff)
• Non-Profit & Government Employees • Religious Leaders
• Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Professionals
• Senior Citizens and other community members
Trainings and Technical Services include (but are not limited to):
• Crisis Intervention & Management
• Anger Management & Conflict Resolution
• Time Management and Project Development
• Mental Wellness & Positive Self-Esteem
• Effective Youth-led Prevention and Youth Leadership Development
• Violence, Bullying and Suicide Prevention
• Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention
• Positive Self-Esteem and Asset Building
• Healthy Relationships and Effective Communication
Fees: Vary with services for more information contact Bobby Persinger.
Pathway’s Programs are funded in part by Mental Health & Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties · United Way of Licking County · United Way of Knox County
United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties · United Way of Washington County · The Licking County Foundation ·
Energy Cooperative Round-Up Foundation · Newark City Schools · National Suicide Prevention Lifeline · Cardinal Health Foundation
AT&T Aspire Grant · Ohio Department of Health · Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services · Corporate and private donations