HRCSB Promotes Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention

At Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Service Board, we are passionate about making mental health and substance abuse prevention an important component of the services we provide to our community.

Our Behavioral Health Wellness team works to promote protective factors such as effective parenting, community involvement, and to decrease the risk factors of truancy and early initiation of first time alcohol or drug use. Our goal is to help build healthy youth, families, and communities in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.  Utilizing the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), our team assesses the needs related to substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion in our community. We work towards mobilizing stakeholders to build capacity to address the needs of the community.  The stakeholders include, but are not limited to, local schools, primary healthcare, local law enforcement and other youth-serving organizations. We help to plan and implement evidence-based strategies and engage in evaluation following the implementation of these strategies.

Behavioral Health Wellness Prevention Team Works in the Community

Our team provides Tobacco Merchant Education to local retailers of Tobacco products.  It is our goal to help support and educate local retailers on the legal risks of selling tobacco products to minors.

The team supports other local youth and parent serving organizations to help promote healthy families.  HRCSB helps to support Sentara RMH’s Parent Education and Support Program (PEAS).  The PEAS program offers evidence-based parenting education classes for parents of newborns through high school age youth.

We Provide Educational Opportunities to Agencies and Community Members

An important aspect of our work is promoting mental health and decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness.  We offer the following trainings in the community in efforts to work towards improving mental health awareness:

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – Adult & Youth Version
  • Applied Suicide Skills Intervention Training (ASIST)

CALL Us Today to Learn More About How You Can Become Involved in Preventing Substance Abuse in Our Community 540.433.3100