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The Ulster Prevention Project began in 2006, under the direction of the Ulster County Substance Abuse Prevention Board, supported by the U.C. Legislature and funded by NYS OASAS based on statistics as a seeming inability to effect change:
Inefficiencies existed due to duplication of services and lack of cooperation between youth-serving organizations left gaps in substance abuse prevention programming within the County.
Evidence-based prevention strategies and programs were not integrated into the County’s overall framework to address this problem, which was amongst the worst in the State (based on statistics from the NYS OASAS’s County Risk Profiles [PRISMS] Report, 2003).
The Ulster County Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Board provided leadership for the Ulster Prevention Project (UPP). Through the expertise of an accomplished Board representing key community sectors and success in meeting well-defined performance measures, in 2010 UPP became the Ulster Prevention Council (UPC). UPC continues to grow, add services and build a prevention infrastructure across the County.
Our work addresses needs identified by the Ulster County DOH Community Health Assessment (CHA), goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the biannual Ulster County Youth Development Survey and other data. UPC uses the Strategic Prevention Framework (see picture below), a public health model, to work toward significant, measurable population level change.
A move to larger and more accessible facilities in 2018 enhances UPC’s ability to serve as a training and resource center providing a wide array of workshops, cross-training and technical assistance to schools, service providers and health professionals as well as presentations at conferences, to classes and community groups, families and youth. Most services continue to take place in the community.