The Center for Prevention Services (CPS) at Pathways of Central Ohio provides a systematic approach to mental, emotional and behavioral health disorders. Through research-based prevention science, CPS promotes personal growth and self-reliance for individuals, families, and communities and coordinates services, trainings, and offers technical assistance to individuals experiencing concerns regarding substance use and mental health disorders, bullying, suicide, problem gambling, and violence. CPS staff 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, OCPC, CIRS, BPS, MHS
Director, Center for Prevention Services
(740) 345-6166 ext. 228
|Cheryl R. Hoshor, R.A., LSW, BPS, LCDC III
Community-Based Prevention Coordinator
(740) 345-6166 ext. 220
|Janet Thode, M.S., OCPS, BPS
School-Based Prevention Coordinator
(740) 345-6166 ext. 218
Programs and Services
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. The Project ALERT curriculum is for students in grades 6-9.
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. Botvin's LifeSkills curriculum is for students in grades 3-9.
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. The SOS curriculum is for students in grades 6-12.
Stacked Deck: Stacked Deck is a curriculum designed to modify attitudes and beliefs towards gambling and prevent problem gambling behaviors. Stacked Deck curriculum is for students in grades 6-9.
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 Janet Thode.
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 contact Cheryl Hoshor.
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 strives 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