P.O Box 15118
325 South Belmont Street
York, Pennsylvania 17405
Drug and Alcohol Services
General Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education
Memorial Hospital offers a number of drug and alcohol prevention education programs. Below is a list of programs available. For more information, please call Helen Gyimesi, a trained drug and alcohol Prevention Coordinator, at 717-815-2788 or e-mail at hgyimesi@mhyork.org
General Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education and Training
Speaking Engagement Topics
  • Inhalants:The Invisible Threat-What Adults Need to Know
  • Club Drugs:What, Where, Why and Current Trends
  • Methamphetamine:Speed Kills
  • Over-The-Counter Drugs and Herbs
  • Drug and Alcohol Trends in the Community
  • “Legal” but Deadly:Abusing Prescription Drugs
  • Brain Scan:Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
  • Uppers, Downers, All Arounders:Physical and mental effects of psychoactive drugs.
  • FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Addictions 101
  • What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?
School-Based Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education
Too Good For Drugs
Too Good For Drugs™ (K-8) is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students.
The program builds five essential life skills:
  • goal setting
  • decision making
  • bonding with pro-social others
  • identifying and managing emotions
  • communicating effectively
Protecting You/Protecting Me
Protecting You/Protecting Me is a school-based alcohol prevention program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is designed to help reach children before they have fully shaped their attitudes and opinions about alcohol use by youth and their role in preventing it. SAMHSA has designated this a model program. There are eight lessons for grades one through four and 10 lessons for grade five.
The curriculum addresses eight topics:
  • Our Brain
  • Growth and Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Rules and Laws
  • Friends
  • Choices and Decisions
  • Media Awareness
  • Communication (especially with adults)
Project ALERT
Project Alert dramatically reduces both the onset and regular use of substances among middle grade youth. The 14 lesson program focuses on the substances that adolescents are most likely to use: alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and inhalants.
Project Alert uses activities and videos to help:
  • Motivate adolescents against drug use
  • Teach adolescents the skills and strategies needed to resist pro-drug pressures
  • Establish non-drug-using norms
Key program approaches:
  • Behavior modification
  • Community involvement
  • Information sharing
  • Media education
  • Parent-child interactions
  • Parent training
  • Peer leadership
  • Counseling or support
  • Skill development
This is a multimedia drug prevention program that gives parents of children in grades four through eight (nine to 13 years old) the knowledge and skills needed to guide their children through early adolescence. It seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding in the family, and teach skills to parents and children that allow children to meet the expectations of their family to resist drug use successfully. This is a five-session curriculum that addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict, and strengthening family bonds. Sessions are interactive and skill based, with opportunities for parents to practice new skills and receive feedback. Video-based.
Strengthening Families
The Strengthening Families Program focuses on families with children 10 to 16 years of age and shares proven techniques for family communication and parental management. Families attend together for eight weeks of fun, games and food!