Services

Training

We are proud to have certified trainers on staff who are available upon request to educate the community in the following areas:

Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS):  TIPS training is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving with an intended audience of those who serve, sell, or consume alcohol.  This training can lower insurance premiums, reduce exposure to alcohol liability lawsuits, reduce penalties for alcohol violations, and improve customer service and satisfaction.

Science of Addiction and Recovery (SOAR):  SOAR was designed to open-up the conversation about addiction and recovery to a wide range of audiences, including, but not limited to: law enforcement; schools; parent and family groups; health care providers; housing and child welfare agencies; and recovery support providers.

 Bridges Out of Poverty:  This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty. This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals gain insight and strategies.

 

Student Assistance Program 

The Student Assistance Program is a nation-wide, school-based prevention/intervention program focusing on students in grades 6-12. While this program concentrates on students at risk of, or using alcohol and/or other drugs, staff also see students with concerns such as teen depression, low self-esteem, chronic truancy, grief issues, children of divorce, teen pregnancy/or early parenthood, children of alcoholics or substance abuse. This program centers on all facets of a student's needs to determine the nature of a problem, its level of severity and whether to refer a student to a more intense level of service. The Student Assistance Program is not intended to be treatment or therapy.

Our Student Assistance Counselors provide free services at the following Lewis County school districts: Beaver River Central, Harrisville Central, Lowville Academy and South Lewis Central as well as Adirondack Central School. Participation in this program is both voluntary and confidential* for all students. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, other school personnel, community agencies or the students themselves.

* The Student Assistance Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality. At the first visit, prior to admission, each student is informed of their right to confidentiality. He/She is informed that all information shared with the Counselor will not be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement that is signed voluntarily by the student.  If there is a disclosure regarding child abuse, child neglect, or personal harm, staff are mandated reporters and will make necessary contacts to ensure the safety of the student.

 

Youth Advocacy Program

The Youth Advocacy Program originated in 1982 as a response to the increasing number of troubled youth in the surrounding communities throughout Lewis County. The goal of the program is to assist youth to better understand their concerns, accept responsibility, and cope more effectively with the demands they face. This is provided through confidential, informed, supportive and preventive advocacy by the Youth Advocate on an individual or small group basis.

This program offers free advocacy to youth in the following school districts: Beaver River Central (grades K-12), Lowville Academy (grades 6-12) and South Lewis Central (grades 6-12). Participation in this program is both voluntary and confidential* for all students of participating schools. Students may seek Youth Advocate services voluntarily or may be referred by parents, teachers, guidance counselors, or other school staff.

 

Reasons for Seeking Youth Advocate Services may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Academic Struggles

  • Peer/Dating Relationships

  • Problems at Home

  • Behavioral Problems

  • Anger Management

  • Needing Someone to Talk to

  • Parents' Divorce/Separation

  • Parents' Deployment

 

MVPS thanks the United Way of Northern New York and the Lewis County Youth Bureau for their continued support of this program.

* The Youth Advocate Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality. At the first visit, prior to admission, each student is informed of their right to confidentiality. He/She is informed that all information shared with the Counselor will not be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement that is signed voluntarily by the student.  If there is a disclosure regarding child abuse, child neglect, or personal harm, staff are mandated reporters and will make necessary contacts to ensure the safety of the student.

 

Schools Using Prevention Education Resources (S.U.P.E.R.Ed.)

S.U.P.E.R Ed. is a comprehensive classroom based alcohol and substance use prevention curriculum geared toward elementary students in grades K-5.  The program covers the topics of personal safety; decision and refusal skills; alcohol and drug information, and self-esteem.

The goals of this program include educating children at a young age on the dangers of alcohol, substance, and tobacco use; educating children at a young age on the importance of personal safety and decision making; and preventing and/or reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs by school aged children.

 

This program is provided in the following school districts: Beaver River Central, Harrisville Central, Lowville Academy and South Lewis Central.