The influence of various risk and protective factors change with age. For example, risk factors within the family have greater impact on a younger child, while association with drug-abusing peers may be a more significant risk factor for an adolescent. Early intervention with risk factors, like early aggressive behavior and poor self-control, is likely to have a greater impact than later intervention. Earlier interventions can change the course of life away from problems and toward positive behaviors.
The ADM Board supports multiple programs in area schools aimed at promoting social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making; improving self-esteem and competency development; and improved teacher training to detect and appropriately respond to problems.
B.L.U.E. Program - Minority Behavioral Health 330-374-1199
B.L.U.E. (Believing. Liberating. Understanding. Empowering.) is a program that focuses on depression and emotional wellness through four areas: 1. Beliefs as well cognition driven behaviors 2. Liberating which is important in the sense of self-acceptance and expression and being one’s self 3. Understanding depression and suicide 4. Lastly, Empowerment is centered on empowering children to utilize healthy coping skills and resources to promote emotional wellness. The program consists of group programming for adults to support children in promoting emotional wellness and preventing suicide. The adults will receive similar information as the students along with learning how to intervene. The program understands the importance of engaging the children as well as extended supports. Methods include psycho-education, skill building, empowerment, family meals, role playing, etc.
Safe Landing Youth Shelter and Respite Care Services
The Summit County ADM Board provides funding for two programs under the Shelter Care, Inc. umbrella. These funded programs include Safe Landing Youth Shelter, in operation since 1978 and funded by ADM since 1981, and the Respite Care Program, in operation and funded by ADM since 1991.
The Summit County ADM funding for Safe Landing, assists in the financial support of the residential and non-residential services provided, including counseling and case management services as well as the operation of a 24/7 crisis hotline. All services at Safe Landing are free to youth and families in Summit County. While a youth is in the program, they receive individual, family and group counseling to assist in de-escalating the crisis that led to the youth’s disruption and to help the family develop a safe plan for the youth’s return to the home. Parents, youth, police, school staff, or any other concerned adults may call Safe Landing at any time, day or night, to access help through the crisis hotline.
The ADM funding for the Respite Care Program, assists in the financial support of residential services for youth referred to the program. As with Safe Landing, the Respite Care Program is free to youth and families in Summit County. This program assists in providing planned respite periods to families to assist in maintaining the family unit.