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Prevention Education

The Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of The Finger Lakes has been providing Prevention Education to the five county region for over twenty years.  Our prevention educators can be found in; schools, community centers, criminal justice locations, senior sites, summer camps, professional agencies, etc., providing high quality programs.

We have five Education Coordinators, each charged with providing multi-faceted efforts in; Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Seneca, and Schuyler counties.  In Ontario County, eight of the nine school districts host a school-based educator, employed by the council.  Altogether, our prevention education program employs ten, highly qualified, experienced individuals, who work throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Each educator uses Evidence-Based programs, such as Too Good For Violence, or Guiding Good Choices, to reach populations from Kindergartners, to parents.  Staff are also responsible for keeping up to date on the latest drug-use trends, laws, and information to educate our students.  Our goal is to provide high-quality programming that speaks to a variety of populations, in a variety of life-stages.  Our hope is that the information we impart, helps to prevent, reduce, or stop substance use and abuse in our communities.

We are a non-profit organization, funded by our five counties, and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. (OASAS)  As such, we do our best to accommodate most requests free of charge.

Program Details

Click on any of the following for more information about the programs.

General Education

Provided to any and all populations in our five county region.  Staff are available to research and develop programs specific to a; school, organization, group, etc.  We provide guest speakers to health classes, professional agency in-services, you name it!  General topic ideas include:

  • Risk & Protective Factors
  • Substance Abuse & Families
  • Parenting
  • Drug Information
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction Information

More Info

To sign up for an Adult & Family Education program, or for more information, please contact the county Education Coordinator closest to you.

  • Ontario County: Alexis Thorne, (315) 789-0310
  • Schuyler County: Gretchen Silliman, (607) 535-8264
  • Seneca County: Liz Wiatrowski, (315) 568-9869
  • Wayne County: Jeanna Buisch, (315) 331-5957
  • Yates County: Idelle Dillon, (315) 536-2435