Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support (PASS)
P.A.S.S. is an innovative, curriculum-based, statewide prevention program that works with teens who experience challenges in their daily lives, or whose parents are seriously and persistently mentally ill. Participants report having emotional issues revolving around building and maintaining relationships; anger management; feelings of frustration; distraction; lack of self-control; poor decision making; inability to finish tasks and an overall lack of focus. The therapist data indicates that some of the participants have serious challenges with aggressive, suicidal and/or self-destructive behavior and substance abuse.
This multicultural initiative has been in existence since 1996 and has documented positive changes for participants. P.A.S.S. utilizes a strength-based approach to helping individuals, families and communities to develop the resources needed to maintain healthy lifestyles. It focuses on the development of a culturally competent, inclusive system of support that fosters self-help, empowerment, advocacy, support, and education. Junior and adult mentors help the adolescents apply the strategies taught in the program to their unique life situations.
Ongoing parent support groups and contacts with schools and other community programs complete the circle of support. P.A.S.S. is sponsored by Monroe and Orleans County Offices of Mental Health, and the program is managed by Coordinated Care Services, Inc (CCSI).