Substance Abuse Prevention

Island County Human Services receives substance abuse prevention funding from the state Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

This funding pays for a part-time Prevention Specialist who provides training, technical assistance, and community-based coordination of substance abuse prevention efforts countywide, including Camano Island.

Recent and upcoming programs and collaborations include:

Partnering with the Stanwood-Camano School District to update Second Step curriculum at Utsalady and Elger Bay elementary schools on Camano Island. Second Step focuses on improving the socioemotional skills of children to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior. Reducing aggressive behavior at early ages help reduce risk associated with substance abuse.

Partnering with Island County Readiness to Learn Foundation to implement a session of the Strengthening Families Program in South Whidbey. The session will be offered February-March 2012. More information on the program will be available at

Participating on the Oak Harbor Youth Commission board to advocate for youth services and needs.

Partnering with Oak Harbor School District to train 20 high school students in the Teens Against Tobacco Use curriculum. These trained high school students are available to present information on the dangers of tobacco use to younger youth throughout the school year.

Refer to the attached presentation on the health of Island County youth for the latest statistics on youth substance abuse: Healthy Youth Survey

To contact the coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please call or email Susan Strom at 360.678.7884 or