URBAN OUNCE OF PREVENTION BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES magazine PROTOTYPE ISSUE
An exclusive from CEO Evaughn Cagle about focusing on the needs of the inner city
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“During group discussions, youth learn life skills that include effective communication, conflict resolution, anger management, values clarification, decision making, and goal setting.”
Youth Leadership Development Programs • The Building Dreams Mentoring Program is designed to involve positive role models in the lives of youth and to promote positive cultural lifestyles. Educational sessions are provided in the area of alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention. The youth participate in activities that offer preparation for academic excellence and civic leadership. • The New Bridges Program is an after school program designed to promote growth, learning, and character building. During group discussions, youth learn life skills that include effective communication, conflict resolution, anger management, values clarification, decision making, and goal setting. • Developmental Enrichment activities are a part of both the Building Dreams Mentoring and the New Bridges programs. These activities include field trips, college tours, community service, African Dance and Drumming, summer camp, and other positive activities. Our Youth Slide Show captures a number of developmental enrichment activities that the youth participated in throughout the year.
Tamika started participating in the New Bridges Program when she was 13 and continued until she was 18 when she graduated from high school. She was very active in New Bridges and was always eager to take a leadership role demonstrating the skills that she had developed in the program. Tamika excelled in the African Dance and Drumming activities and performed on stage before over 3,000 youth at a National PRIDE Youth Leadership Conference. She also
enjoyed community service activities that
involved senior citizens. Tamika is now a freshman in college.
is to address health-related problems and social ills of inner-city families. It is our philosophy that to be effective, community-based organizations must consider the cultural lifestyles, attitudes, feelings and beliefs of the population that they serve. Our Mission
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Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a non-prot community-based organization that has served the Summit County community since 1990. Our agency specializes in quality health and wellness services that focus on promoting the well-being of inner-city families.
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Adult Programs • The New Beginnings Program goal focuses on the following health- related issues: 1) adult female alcohol/ drug use and abuse problems; 2) infant mortality and low-birth weight; 3) cultivating healthy parent-child relationships; and 4) domestic violence. • The Exodus Treatment Program is an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. The Exodus program offers individual, intensive and non-intensive group counseling, crisis intervention, and case management. Childcare and other supportive services are also available to clients.
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Adult Success Stories Barbara is an African-American female that gave birth to a baby born with cocaine in its system. Her baby was taken into protective custody by Children’s Services Board which referred her to the Exodus Treatment Program and the New Beginnings Program for parenting. Barbara remained completely dedicated to the process and completed both programs successfully. In addition, Barbara went back to school and received her GED, and most importantly, was reunited with her baby.
Ken is a 50 year-old male who was addicted to cocaine. He had lost his CDL license and job as a commercial truck driver. He lost his family and moved in with his mother after losing his home. Ken came to the agency where he began receiving treatment for his drug addiction. He also participated in the ATR Employment Skills Training Program. Ken successfully completed his treatment program and continues to maintain his sobriety. He was re-certified for his CDL license and is driving for a trucking company out of state.
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An Ounce of Prevention Focused on n ed in he inner city
Evaughn Cagle, founder and CEO of Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (UOPBHS), has been involved in community service for decades. As a teenager in east Akron, working as a church volunteer and for the local Goodwill agency, she first became aware of the unmet needs of inner city communities, and developed the desire to make a difference. Motivated to make a career of helping people, Cagle attended Hiram College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Cagle’s first, post-college job was a formative experience: working as an employee assistance counselor for B.F. Goodrich, at one of the world’s largest tire manufacturing facilities. One of her functions was counseling employees whose alcohol and drug use was affecting their ability to work, and referring them for treatment. Wanting to have more impact on the larger community, Cagle eventually moved on to a local nonprofit in the inner city where she not only helped clients receive addiction treatment, but also expanded her efforts into working to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
Launching an agency In 1990, Cagle took her next big step, obtaining startup funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and opening Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services, Inc. in the west Akron inner city. Her husband, Alexander Cagle, was the co-founder. “I can honestly say that the agency would not have grown to be what it is today without him, his wisdom and talents,” she says.
The following year, UOPBHS earned certification as a Medicaid service provider, enabling it to serve more clients.Currently located at 1735 Hawkins Ave. S. in Akron, UOPBHS provides a comprehensive range of community based services to adults, families and adolescents.
UOPBHS’ adult programs include: •The Exodus Treatment Program, an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. The Exodus program offers individual, intensive and non-intensive group counseling, crisis intervention, and case management, along with child care and other supportive services. •The New Beginnings Project, which focuses on the following health- related issues: adult female alcohol/ drug use and abuse problems; infant mortality and low-birth weight; cultivating healthy parent-child relationships; and domestic violence.
Two of UOPBHS newest programs are Crossroads, a men’s substance abuse treatment program, and Turning Point, a substance abuse treatment program for adolescents. - Crossroads provides evidence-based counseling services, including intensive outpatient, individual and group counseling. It also provides crisis intervention, anger management and comprehensive case management services.The men learn coping skills, behavioral change techniques as well as good decision making and problem solving skills. - Turning Point provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and case management services. Participants learn recovery techniques such as coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and living a balanced life.
UOPBHS also focuses on youth leadership development: •The Building Dreams Mentoring Program is designed to provide positive role models and promote growth, learning, and character building. Along with receiving alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention education, youth also participate in activities that offer preparation for academic excellence and civic leadership. Participants learn life skills that include effective communication, conflict resolution, anger management, values clarification, decision making, and goal setting. Developmental enrichment activities include field trips, college tours, community service, African dance and drumming, summer camp, and other positive activities. Cagle says one of the purposes of UOPBHS’ youth programs is to expose inner-city kids to “activities that they would not otherwise have a chance to participate in, to help them learn about what is available to them in life – for example, going to museums and plays, taking swimming lessons and other things, while receiving general support and guidance.” Kids between the ages of nine and 17 learn about
activities like poetry, stage performing, making jewelry and others, while also receiving a useful education in the negative effects of alcohol and drugs. Outcome data which Cagle provides each year to the state agency indicates that UOPBHS’ programs are having the desired, positive effect in the community. In the most recent fiscal year, none of the 42 children who participated were involved in the juvenile justice system, dropped out of school, or used alcohol or drugs.
“The goal is to remove potential barriers which can prevent people from recovering.” -Evaughn Cagle, founder and CEO, UOPBHS
A client-centered approach In serving clients with drug and alcohol-related problems, training and expertise in best practices of addiction treatment are obviously important, but not the entire answer, Cagle notes. “What we find is really effective in helping clients is that they know our staff really cares about them, which makes a big difference for people who are struggling with addiction.” The agency employs a “client-centered” approach by providing intensive case management. Helping clients with a full gamut of needs, such as housing, help with childcare, transportation, help with employment and education, legal problems and other needs, Cagle notes. “The goal is to remove potential barriers which can prevent people from recovering.” Lawanna Holt, a social worker who refers clients to Urban Ounce, says Cagle’s agency fills an important role in the West Akron community. “The work she does is wonderful; it’s geared to the total needs of each client.They provide support in the family setting, support in recovery, support in the court system, help with employment and transportation. It’s well-rounded, so the clients get everything they need.” “Their parenting program is one of the best around, because they deal with each client’s specific needs.They will go into the home, sit down with the parents and children and teach them strategies they can use.They also do interventions, and provide mentoring for adolescents.They are really well-rounded.” “Their parenting program is one of the best around.” -Lawanna Holt, social worker
Treatment Trends 2015-2016 SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – 2014 data showed that 21.2 million Americans ages 12 and older needed treatment for an illegal drug or alcohol use problem in 2014. However, only about 2.5 million people received the specialized treatment they needed in the previous 12 months. Because of the Affordable Care Act, addressing the removal of barriers via creating access to a range of health plans required to cover essential benefits including mental health and substance abuse treatments more American have obtained treatment. According to OSAM (Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network) report covering the past year ( January thru December 2016: The Akron – Canton area has seen an increase in alcohol, powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines over this period.The Akron – Canton area has seen an increase in the amount of law enforcement seizures and arrest involving these substances, yet the ease of availability of these substances has not been affected. UOPBHS has experienced steady increase over the past two years of self-reported alcohol, cocaine/crack, opiates/heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines use among treatment participants.
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Donate to Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services. Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to guiding high-risk inner-city youth to be healthy, self-assured, positive and engaged in their communities. Every week there are accounts of how this is happening in our leadership development activities which includes alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention. While our programs will not solve the myriad of issues affecting today’s youth, we continue to educate one day and one youth at a time. In such turbulent times as these, when we may feel alone and small and unable to make any lasting changes we may find ourselves asking "What can I do that will make a difference?" or "What can one person like me do?" In reality we just need to stop and reflect. We need to realize that making small changes in the world, even for one person, will eventually add up to something bigger in the life of another. Your tax deductible donation to Urban Ounce of Prevention Behavioral Health Services for our Youth Leadership Development Programs is appreciated.
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Jamal participated in the Building Dreams Mentoring Program from age 8 to 18. He was raised in a home with three siblings and his mother. Jamal participated in weekly activities of the Building Dreams Program as well as the many enrichment activities. He attended two National PRIDE Youth Leadership Conferences where he expanded his knowledge in life skills and alcohol and drug prevention. After participating in several college tours with the agency, Jamal enrolled in a historically black college. He returns to the agency during the summer to encourage participating youth.
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Barbara is an African-American female that gave birth to a baby born with cocaine in its system. Her baby was taken into protective custody by Children’s Services Board which referred her to the Exodus Treatment Program and the New Beginnings Program for parenting. Barbara remained completely dedicated to the process and completed both programs successfully. In addition, Barbara went back to school and received her GED, and most importantly, was reunited with her baby.
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