University Health Center's Substance Abuse Prevention
Montpelier Hall, 5th floor (North Campus, East Tower, 235 Cantrell Avenue)
Substance Abuse Prevention initiatives are designed to increase knowledge and awareness of alcohol and other drug issues, and decrease the negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking and illegal drug use.
Substance Abuse Prevention supports peer education and provides leadership for the Alcohol Advisory Committee and the Campus Coalition on Alcohol Abuse to ensure that prevention programs are evidence-based, comprehensive and coordinated across the University.
- Early Intervention: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a service available for students who want to consider changing or reducing their substance use. BASICS is comprised of two 50-minute interview sessions. Students who have violated the JMU alcohol policy may be required to attend BASICS.
- First-Year Outreach: Alcohol-Wise is one piece of targeted outreach to first-year students. This online prevention program creates a learning experience that motivates behavior change and helps students’ practice safer decision making.
- Community Engagement: The Campus Coalition on Alcohol Abuse (CCAA) serves as a subcommittee of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition. The CCAA acts as a catalyst in identifying community needs, selecting key alcohol prevention initiatives, and mobilizing community support.
- Peer Education: Substance Abuse Prevention advises SafeRides, a student run, non-profit organization whose mission is to create a safer community for the city of Harrisonburg. Members work to prevent drunk driving by educating JMU students, fundraising to support their mission, and providing free rides home for JMU students.
- Data Collection & Reporting: Student substance use, attitude and behavior data is reviewed annually and bi-annually through various standardized survey instruments.
Visit our website to view a comprehensive summary of the JMU substance abuse prevention plan.