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The purpose of the Prevention Department at Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health is to assist communities in their efforts to build and sustain resilient, drug-free communities. The Prevention Staff is devoted to assisting communities in gaining the resources necessary to ensure the health and well-being of all citizens. Prevention of substance abuse involves more than just preventing access and use of substances. Efficient strategies involve addressing the issues that trigger substance abuse including domestic violence, bullying, sexual and physical abuse, mental illness and many more.

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse has designated Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health (SEMO BH) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri as the Regional Support Center (RSC) for Service Area 19. Services Area 19 includes the following Missouri counties: Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne. The prevention specialists assist communities in organizing coalitions whose objective is to educate citizens on the realities of drug and alcohol abuse and prevent the use and abuse of these substances. Annually, the RSC conducts a Community Assessment. It is developed to identify problem areas and assist coalitions in creating plans to address those issues, which include evidence based strategies and activities. Effective coalitions involve representation from all sectors in the community; law enforcement, faith based, businesses, media, youth, schools, policy/decision makers, etc. This type of community collaboration produces the most successful prevention outcomes.

In addition to their work with the community coalitions the RSC also participates in a statewide campaign providing educational visits to all merchants who sell tobacco products. This annual campaign takes place in the spring. Support staff provides updates on new laws, when applicable, organization of trainings, helpful tips and information on the prevention of sales to minors. The Food and Drug Administration and the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control now offer free, tobacco sales webinars online. Visit www.fda.goc/BreakTheChain or contact the RSC for more information on dates and times.

If you are interested in additional information in your area, please contact:

Amber Windhorst, Prevention Coordinator

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
101 South Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901




Butler County

"We Can Be Drug Free" Coalition

Leader: Austin Montague

Contact: (573)776-7830,

Poplar Bluff, MO

Carter County

Ellsinore Redbirds Against Drugs (R.A.D.) Coalition

Leader: Ladeana Seib

Contact: (573)322-5325,

Ellsinore, MO



Carter County Youth Task Force

Contact: (573)323-8879,

Van Buren, MO

Reynolds County

Reynolds County Maternal Child & Family Health

Leader: Pam Aiello

Contact: (573)648-2498,

Centerville, MO


Ellington Whippets Against Risky Situations (W.A.R.S.)

Leader: Tonya Sharp

Contact: (573)663-2291,

Ellington, MO

Wayne Inter-Agency Network Coalition

Leader: Sherie Wymore

Contact: (573)223-7426,


Leader: Stacey Keeney



Wayne County

Piedmont, MO

Education & Presentations-Prevention staff are available to provide presentations on a variety of topics:


Brain Power

Building Community Coalitions


Children's Program - Children of Addicted Parents

G.A.S.P.- Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play

Get Connected

Guiding Good Choices

Making Your Workplace Drug Free

Media Literacy

Mental Health First Aid

Meth 360

Prescription Drug Abuse

A Parent's Guide to The Teen Brain

Project Alert

All Stars

Read, Set, Listen

Ready To Talk - Helping Parents Talk About Sex

Scene Smoking

Secrets Through the Smoke

Self Esteem

Signs of Suicide

Synthetic Drugs

The Discovery, Positive Connections for Kids

The Parent Toolkit

Time to Talk

Tobacco Use by Minors

Too Smart To Start


Parents 360





Prevention Library- The RSC offers a wide variety of prevention materials and information. Please visit the RSC or contact the Prevention Coordinator to inquire about topics and quantities.


Leadership and Partnerships- The RSC is open to working with agencies, group, and community members to further establish strong, sustainable prevention programs, events, and activities. We would like to hear your ideas. Please call the Prevention Coordinator to discuss partnership and leadership opportunities.


Alternative Activities- Keeping youth actively involved in alternative activities is a key component in promoting healthy choices and behaviors. If you are interested in planning an event in your area, contact the Prevention Coordinator to get started.




l        ACT Missouri -


l        Center for Disease Control (CDC) -


l        Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) -


l        The Department of Mental Health/Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse



l        Mental Health First Aid -


l         Missouri National Guard Counterdrug Task Force- The National Guard Counterdrug Program, with members in most major communities, provides highly skilled personnel, specialized equipment, and facilities to support law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in response to the changing drug threat.


l       National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute (CADCA)- The institute serves as both a vehicle for coalition-specific substance abuse prevention policy development and a center for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building.


l       National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) -


l     National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) -


l       National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs (NREPP) - Registry of evidence based and model programs with research showing they are effective


l       Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


l       Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Government agency focused on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental health or substance use disorders.


We are certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and accredited by CARF International

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