Prevention Services

Life Happens. We’re Here to Help.

EFR’s Prevention Services provide information and activities to reduce substance abuse and problem gambling in Central Iowa. EFR prevention specialists work with youth and adults throughout the community to promote healthy lifestyles and positive choices. Employee & Family Resources strives to provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and adhere to the standards laid out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. View these standards here.

When to Contact Prevention Services

Research shows that the time, energy, and resources spent dealing with the negative consequences of substance use disorders significantly decline with increased investment in prevention efforts.

A comprehensive prevention strategy can decrease impacts on individuals and communities, as well as reduce legal, medical, and treatment costs associated with substance abuse and problem gambling.

EFR’s Prevention Team uses comprehensive strategies to address substance use and problem gambling.

Drug-Free Workplace Supervisor Training in Polk County.

Sessions provide information regarding the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, the related cost to employers, what constitutes reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol abuse, and the referral of employees who abuse alcohol or other drugs. Trainings are available upon request. For more information or to schedule a training call 515-471-2358.


Student Assistance Program (SAP) & Outpatient Counseling

Maddox*, an elementary-aged student, struggled with anger outbursts, physical aggression, and difficulties with problem-solving. After spending years off-and-on in therapy seeking treatment with various providers only to remark that “none seemed to want to listen,” Maddox’s parents sought SAP services through their district. 

Today, Maddox is completing his SAP sessions and moving towards outpatient counseling. He has reduced his anger outbursts and has learned skills to help him successfully navigate challenging days.

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