Substance Use Prevention

Broomfield works to prevent substance use among youth through the Broomfield Communities That Care initiative. 

Take a look at Broomfield’s Substance Misuse Data Review to learn more about tobacco, marijuana, opioids, and alcohol. 

To access a service provider for prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services of Behavioral Health.

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Congratulations to the Broomfield Communities That Care Coalition (BCTC) on being awarded five additional years of funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment!

Broomfield Communities That Care Coalition

Communities that Care (CTC) is an evidence-based process that helps prevent problems before they start. CTC aims to address the underlying causes of youth health and behavioral problems (shared risk and protective factors). Broomfield’s CTC Coalition is comprised of over 50 community members, leaders, and youth focused on the prevention of youth substance use. The coalition works together to identify priorities and implement substance use prevention strategies for youth. 

Vision Statement

Broomfield is a place where I belong; a community where all youth feel supported and connected to their peers, family, school, and neighborhood to foster resiliency.

CTC Process

The CTC process guides the coalition through the process of matching risk factors evident in community data with proven methods for addressing those risks. CTC has identified these key protective and risk factors for youth substance misuse in Broomfield. By increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors, we will see an impact on youth substance use and other health outcomes. 
  
 Protective Factors
 Risk Factors
  • School Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement
  • Community Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement 
  • Favorable Attitudes toward Substance Use
  • Early and Persistent Antisocial Behavior

Strategies Selection

From the CTC Coalition process, the following strategies will be implemented:
  1. Build Public Support for Increased Funding and Access to High Quality School Extracurricular Activities and  Community Opportunities for Youth
  2. Build Public Support for Evidence-Based Social Emotional Learning in Schools
  3. Promote Positive Youth Development in Broomfield 

Join


Submit an online inquiry to join the coalition. 


Youth for Youth Advisory Group


Broomfield Youth for Youth (Y4Y) was established in 2018 and is comprised of local middle school and high school-aged youth. Y4Y collaborates with CTC by providing a youth voice for the coalition. The group is focused on three areas to help teens lead healthy lives:
  1. Youth substance use prevention
  2. Improved well-being 
  3. Forming positive relationships  
Follow on Instagram #broomfieldy4y. If you are interested in learning more, please email youth4youthinfo@gmail.com.

Y4Y developed a great mental health support & resource guide for teens during COVID-19. See here.
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Broomfield Sources of Strength Community Resiliency Project



This summer, Y4Y focused on a youth and community priority, “connectivity and resiliency”, which is particularly important during the current state of quarantine due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Sources of Strength (Sources), a comprehensive wellness and resiliency-building program, served as the guide in creating an empowered community, where young people and adults learned to develop and/or recognize their support systems and lean into their strengths, to raise the level of wellness in our homes and community. Sources is designed to harness the power of peer and community networks to change unhealthy norms and cultures, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Y4Y advisers were trained as Peer Leaders in Sources and are partnering with Broomfield Community Members in an effort to support the emotional health and wellness of our community. For more information, email youth4youthinfo@gmail.com.

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 Positive Youth Development


Positive Youth Development (PYD) increases youth engagement through programs, policies, and practices. Learn more by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's PYD site.

For more information about upcoming PYD training opportunities, email publichealth@broomfield.org. Check out the Positive Youth Development Toolbox for examples on how to incorporate PYD in your program practices and policies.

Videos
Purpose of the Teenage Brain  |  Power of the Adolescent Brain  |  Harvard Graduate Student Speech


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Resources 


  Tobacco Free CO  
Tobacco Free CO
Whether you are ready to quit tobacco, quitting again, just thinking about quitting, or trying to help someone else quit – you are in the right place. You can also check out the latest resources on vaping.

   
Responsibility Grows Here Responsibility Grows Here
Encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly.
   
 
Rise Above Colorado Rise Above Colorado
Empowering youth to a life free of drug abuse.
   
Medicine Disposal
Broomfield's Medication Disposal Drop-Box
Dispose of unused medications—prescription and over-the-counter—safely year-round!
   
Take Meds Seriously
Take Meds Seriously
Prescription drug safety starts with you. 

   
 Below the Surface - back to normal resize Below the Surface
Aims to connect teens to Colorado Crisis Services by texting "TALK" to 38255
   
Lets Talk Let's Talk Colorado
All Coloradans benefit when we learn to discuss our mental health, and those of us who need treatment are more likely to seek it when we all agree that mental health is everyone's responsibility.
   


Forward Together
Forward Together is an innovative program by the state of Colorado to help parents and teens become more connected.