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Frequently Asked Questions

What is prevention?
Who might use our services?
Why would you need our services?
How can you contact us and access our services?
Do we provide you with immediate service?
Where are we located?
Do we require a referral in order to access this program?
How much does this service cost and what are the payment options?


What is Prevention?

The goal of our Prevention Programs is to promote positive life choices. We offer children, youth, families, and other community members the opportunity to learn new information and to develop new skills that will help them to make good life choices.

Prevention Programs help participants to recognize unwise choices that will impact their lives in negative ways. By presenting information that explains the consequences of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, we help children and youth understand why prevention is the best choice. In addition, we focus on preventing child abuse and neglect, school failure, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, teen suicide and violence.

Who might use our services?

Children, youth, families, schools, and a wide-range of other community groups and organizations throughout the ten counties served by the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (MPNNCSB) can benefit from Prevention Services programs.

Why would you need our services?

Knowledge is power, and dealing with issues before they become problems offers our community a powerful resource.

Parents who are interested in learning new or different approaches can register for one of the many parenting classes that we offer throughout the ten counties that we serve.

Educators might want to learn about the many school-based prevention programs that we offer to children and youth. Principals, teachers, or guidance counselors could explore topics such as Enhancing Teacher Collaboration, Creating a Positive and Productive Classroom, Engaging Challenging Students, Managing Stressful Situations with Grace and Ease, and Preventing Youth Suicide.

Parent - teacher associations (PTA) could bring these prevention programs to the community.

These are just a few of the topics that we can address in a training or workshop forum. We can also tailor a program to meet your specific program needs.

How can you contact us and access our services?

The Prevention Services local phone number is (804)-758-9398. Our toll free number is 1-888-PREV-550 and our fax number is (804) 758-9158. You can also email us at prevention@mpnn.state.va.us.

When you call our office, program staff will help you identify the service or program that you seeking.

Do we provide you with immediate service?

When you contact us, we will do our very best to assist you in any way that we can as quickly as we can. If our office cannot assist you, we will help you to find the assistance that you are seeking. However, we may not always be able to immediately connect you with the service or program that you are seeking.

Where are we located?

The Prevention Services Office is located in the Bareford Building, which is at the intersection of Gloucester Road and General Puller Highway in Saluda. Our office is directly across the street from the Middlesex County Courthouse.

Do we require a referral to access this program?

A referral is not required to take part in prevention programs, so in most cases, individuals will register for our programs on their own. In some cases, counselors, teachers, or others will provide referrals to our programs, such as in our parent education classes.

How much do our services cost and what are the payment options?

Prevention programs are varied, so it is best to call our office and discuss which program you are exploring. Our staff person will discuss the cost for the particular program that interests you, as well as payment options for that program.