what is prevention?

Prevention focuses on reducing the likelihood of or delaying the onset of behavioral health problems. This is accomplished through evidence-based prevention programs aimed at reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors.  It is an integral part of a healthy community as prevention promotes the health and safety of individuals and communities.

What is Prevention?  An Introduction

Huron County Prevention Coalition

The Huron County Prevention Coalition is made up of individuals from the community, representatives from local social services organizations, elected officials, and community leaders.  To learn more, visit


The Huron County Prevention Coalition strives to support, empower, and advocate for the youth and families of Huron County by building resilience, promoting mental health wellness, and preventing substance abuse through collaborative programs and education.

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Huron County Prevention Providers

Age Exchange

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Services for Aging offers the Age Exchange Program which connects elementary-aged youth with volunteer seniors. This program is a once-a-week group mentoring program where children gain social, team-building and educational assets. Groups are held in both Norwalk and Willard.  For more information click here:


Safety Town


The Norwalk Police Department provides prevention programs for youth in the Norwalk area including Safety Town, DARE, and the ALIVE program.  For more information click here:

Drug Free Clubs 

of America


Run by Norwalk Economic Development, Drug Free Clubs of America builds drug-free youth through five drug prevention strategies: Confidential Drug Testing, Positive Reinforcement, Student Leadership, Parent Support, and Education.  For more information click here:

Huron County Family and Children First



HCFCFC is the county's primary prevention organization and they oversee the local Prevention Coalition.  HCFCFC is a partnership of local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Huron County’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.  For more information click here:


OhioGuidestone provides Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation services, both family-centered and classroom consultation, for children under the age of 6 in Huron County. The ECMHC service offers a specialized approach designed to assist preschools and daycare centers with addressing the needs of children enrolled in their centers, and strengthen and support teachers who serve these children, in an effort to promote social-emotional development and reduce preschool expulsions.  For more information click here:

Huron County Family

Dependency Court


The Family Dependency Court program provides collaborative evaluation and integrated treatment intervention services for substance abusing parents who have lost, or are at risk of losing custody, of their children to abuse, neglect, or dependency.  For more information click here:

Reach Our Youth


Reach Our Youth is a one-to-one mentoring program that matches volunteer mentors with at-risk youth. The program serves youth ages 6 through 18 in Huron County.  For more information click here: