SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS DIVISION
The Kings County Department of Behavioral Health Substance Use Disorders Division offers a wide range of education, prevention, treatment and counseling services to Kings County residents.
Kings County is committed to preventing Substance Use Disorders (SUD). As part of that effort, Kings County Behavioral Health Developed a three year 2018-2021 Strategic Prevention Plan (Click Here).
The SUD Division serves as an administrative office that contracts the majority of its federal, state and local funds to community-based organizations. Multiple programs are delivered within these agencies including:
The SUD Division is responsible for ensuring Contractor's compliance in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws, statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines and ordinances. Both informal and formal monitoring of contract objectives and use of funds are performed as well as technical assistance in program planning and implementation. County Contracted providers can access all contractor materials on the KPN page(s).
Video and radio Ad we did with young students as part of our Prevention efforts.
- Although drug abuse, alcoholism, and addiction have been stereotyped as merely a social concern, they actually represent a public health problem with extensive social consequences. It is important to realize that although the first episode of substance use may be a choice, a physical dependence follows in the form of complex brain disease, making it extremely and dangerous to quit using without proper support.
- Drug and alcohol abuse cross lines of gender, race, age nationality, and social class.
- It is estimated that 1 in 13 adults are alcoholics, with most of these between the ages of 18 and 24.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, caused by consuming alcohol during pregnancy, is the number one cause of preventable developmental disability and birth defects in the U.S.
- It is estimated there are over 19 million drug addicted persons age 12 and older in the United States.
- Over 50% of high school seniors reported using an illicit drug by graduation.
- Some risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse are: chaotic home environment, faulty parenting, lack of healthy relationships, poor social skills, school failure, improper behavior, association with deviant peers, and the belief that others approve of using drugs.
- Alcohol and drug abuse are commonly co-occurring, with an estimated 40% of substance abusers using both.
- In 2005, the estimated cost to California of drug and alcohol abuse was upwards of $345 billion dollars.
- Primary substances currently abused in California consist of: heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol and marijuana.
- The most effective prevention programs include family, school, community, and media components. The goal is to send the message that drug and alcohol abuse are dangerous to individuals and communities and should be avoided.