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Our Student Assistance Training (SAP) Team – Deb, Josh, and Bevan – have successfully met every criterion for the Student Assistance Program state monitoring! This is a rigorous evaluation of our training standards and competencies that happen every two years and our training team has surpassed each standard. It is not an easy accomplishment, especially…

Teen and younger child mix things in bowls at a table- maybe they are making a meal?

Prevention of substance use and gambling disorders is NOT simply about telling kids not to do these things. Effective prevention starts with identifying what children and youth in the community need, and then meeting that need with research-backed strategies. Risk & Protective Factors: The Foundation for Effective Prevention Risk factors are those things that increase…

Brightly colored red and blue and gold image shows kids doing fun things and "Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free."

Compass Mark, once again, paired with the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse to distribute red ribbons to school across Lebanon County.  Students will wear the ribbons to help celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23rd through October 31st.   The Red Ribbon Week Campaign serves to educate youth and promote involvement in drug…

Two men stand outside under a tent in back of cardboard boxes. They are wearing masks.

On Saturday October 21st Josh Mountz, Compass Mark Prevention Specialist, joined Chief Todd Breiner from the Lebanon City Police for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.  The event is dedicated to collecting unused or expired medication to make sure that they do not get into the wrong hands.  Pennsylvania Youth Survey data states that…

Learning

Last month Compass Mark, in partnership with the Lancaster Lebanon IU13, held the annual Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Summit. This event was designed to teach schools and administrators on how to integrate the PAYS substance use data in local planning. Summit attendees learned how to read and interpret the data, recognize, and address risk factors,…

Four eager faces are waiting to help a woman bent over a desk, scrolling on her phone.

The Addiction Resource Center at Compass Mark is is adapting to reach out in new ways to the communities we serve. This week marks the rollout of a website chat feature on compassmark.org so that the public can interact with our Information & Referral team quickly and anonymously. The web chat icon can be found…

A black and white drawing with bookmarks to color and the headline "Compass Mark's Activity Book"

The Advocacy Team at Compass Mark created a packet containing three lessons with corresponding worksheets for students and families to enjoy at home. The lessons taught on personal strengths, time management, and goal setting. Even the cover page offered a chance to color and cut out your own bookmark! The packets were printed and dispersed…

A photo of a community board in downtown Lancaster, PA asks everyone in English & Spanish, "what are changes you want to see in our community?" there are many replies, too small to read

As an organization dedicated to the prevention of addiction, Compass Mark is acutely aware of the impacts of trauma, violence, and inequity in our community. We grieve the disproportionate loss of life and freedoms experienced by people of color, and recognize that our vision of a healthy community for all cannot be realized when systemic…

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COVID-19 Update Lancaster & Lebanon Counties Treatment & Recovery Services The addiction field is considered a life-sustaining service and is working hard to adapt treatment, support groups, and recovery services to safely meet the needs of people affected by substance use and gambling disorders. Although our offices are closed to the public, we are still…

A coloful eagle stretches along the hall of a middle school. It's feathers are made up of indivual cut-outs with inspirational words written by the kids.

Compass Mark’s dedicated teams work to fulfill the mission to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization. Lauren Krebs, Youth Leadership Advocate I haven’t been here long but I did get to witness Landis Run Intermediate School’s community service project day and it was great. The children started the day by handing out bracelets…

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