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to prevent and reduce underage drinking & youth substance use

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SUMMER 2022 e-Newsletter  

Summer is here & it's the most likely time youth will try alcohol for the first time! PACT is currently promoting its Alcohol and Teens Don't Mix: Be Their Guide. Don't Provide. campaign. The ATDM campaign provides guidance to parents to talk with their youth and young adults about the dangers of alcohol. PACT has a new Spanish Parent Landing Page and parent prevention ads are running across Facebook and in the print publication Noticia to reach Hispanic and Latino parents across Nassau County.  

Research shows that parents are the #1 reason young people decide not to drink!  

FREE eTIPS NOW Available 

California Mandates ATAP Training 

In New York State, alcohol training for businesses that serve or sell alcohol is voluntary. This means businesses that sell or serve alcohol are not required to have their employees participate in a NYSLA Certified Alcohol Awareness Program (ATAP). ATAP provides businesses and their employees with information regarding safe and legal sales of alcohol as well as tips for recognizing fake IDs. 

Over the past two years, PACT has offered FREE TIPS training to Nassau County businesses. TIPS is a NYS Liquor Authority certified ATAP that is designed to prevent intoxication as well as reduce drunk driving and underage drinking. Despite advertising, in-person outreach at restaurants and bars, mailings and promotion by our local Chambers of Commerce, town governments and coalitions, participation in TIPS has been low. So PACT is now promoting a NEW FREE eTIPS PASSPORT Program (Training Intervention Procedures), an online, self-paced innovative approach to learning safe alcohol serving and selling - at home. While we are hopeful the new format will increase participation, we also look at best practices in other states.  

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control recently enacted mandatory alcohol server training and over 56,000 California businesses that the serve alcohol will be trained and certified by August 31, 2022. Research shows that mandated alcohol server training can reduce single-vehicle nighttime crashes. Click here to learn more regarding Oregon's mandated alcohol server training's positive effect in their state.

Serving and selling alcohol bears an important safety responsibility to prevent underage drinking and reduce DWIs in our communities. PACT looks to further engage our sectors and partners in this public safety concern.

Please contact Cathy Samuels at (516) 799-3203 x131 for further information on PACT's efforts to ensure our communities and youth are safe. 

NEW Transitioning to College Program!

for Parents & Entering Freshman

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Transitioning to college is an exciting, emotional and often challenging time for both young adults and parents. YES Community Counseling Center’s BRIDGES Program is hosting Transitioning to College, a FREE workshop for parents and graduating high school seniors transitioning to college this fall. The program is on Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at YES Community Counseling Center, 152 Center Lane, Levittown. The purpose is to empower young adults to navigate the challenges of starting college and assist parents during this sensitive milestone.  


The evening will kick off with a panel of speakers addressing young adult social and emotional growth and common college transition issues. Next, The Safe Center LI will focus on creating healthy relationships, including sexual assault prevention. The final part of the program offers a choice of workshops from study skills to match one's learning style, to what college students should know about drugs and alcohol. A separate parent discussion will focus on ways to support their child's transition to college. Naloxone training will also be offered to both parents and young adults and Spanish translation services will be available for parent sessions. The College Transition program is also supported by YES Community Counseling Center’s PACT Initiative as well as Massapequa Takes Action Coalition.

To register online, click here.

Active Parenting Begins July 12th!

AUGUST 31st is 

OVERDOSE Awareness Day

YES Community Counseling Center and PACT will host Opioid Education and Naloxone Trainings in August across Farmingdale, Levittown, and Massapequa. In celebration of Overdose Awareness Day, a Light of Hope Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 31st at Maria Regina Church in Seaford.

We invite the community in recognition of the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. To register, click here. 

The Lifeline and 988

EFFECTIVE JULY 16TH, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally. 

Click here to learn more. 

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YES Community Counseling Center PACT Initiative

152 Center Lane

Levittown, NY 11756

516-799-3203 EXT:131

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YES Community Counseling Center's PACT initiative seeks to prevent and reduce youth (ages 9-20) underage drinking and substance use. Working with our partners, we develop strategies to change the environment by which youth substance use exists. Funding for this website was made possible by Grant 5H79SP081365 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The information expressed on this website does not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of the trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.