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LCADA (Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services)

Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services (LCADA): 2016-17

Information from our LCADA Education Specialist Assigned to Brookside:

Monique Guerrero is a Prevention Specialist who specializes in providing information and education to youth and communities. She has completed an Associates of Arts Degree and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certificate program at Lorain County Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree at Cleveland State University in Psychology as a member of the National Psychology Honors Society.   

The education she provides can range from communication styles and time management to resolving conflicts and substance abuse signs and symptoms. She has worked with kids from 1st grade to 12th grade individually, in small groups, and classrooms. She sees her role as being another positive role model to youth in communities across Lorain County as well as being a source of information for youth and community members alike. As a parent herself, she wants to focus on the needs of the community and is excited to work with Brookside High School and Middle School, as they continue to create environments that foster education, understanding, and growth.

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LCADA offers alcohol & drug abuse education/prevention at Brookside High School and Brookside Middle School through two methods of service:

a. Health classes receive an education program called “Life Skills.” This program is designed to provide factual information regarding involvement in alcohol & other drugs. The program occurs once a week during regular health class time. Information/education, research supported statistics, and activities are used to help educate students on risky choices surrounding alcohol & other drugs.

b. A “Prevention/Education Specialist” is at Brookside High School/Middle School every Wednesday during the school year from 9:30AM-2:00PM. This LCADA specialist works one-on-one with students who may need education or be at-risk for dealing with drug-related issues/situations. The specialist is also able to work with parents who believe that their child may be involved or subject to risky behavior at home or at a friend’s house. This partnership is not clinical in nature, and therefore is not ‘therapy.’ The purpose of this program is to help students head-off any problems they may encounter involving drugs, alcohol, or risky behavior. This program is truly about prevention and education.

For more information on how to connect with the drug prevention specialist, please contact our school social worker, Mr. Smith, or contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal.

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