Bluegrass Prevention

The Prevention Program’s primary focus is not client based, but rather, community-based through strategic planning, education, and environmental strategies targeting alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention, as well as mental health promotion. Prevention staff work closely with local Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Boards (KY-ASAP), schools, and other community groups and agencies throughout the 17-county Bluegrass region.

Prevention provides current information and/or training on preventing the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, synthetic drugs, and other emerging substances.  

Prevention services also include:

  • Zero Tolerance program—a 20-hour educational program for those Under 21 who are cited for drinking and driving. Referrals come from the court system. Currently, one session (4 classes total) is held each month in Lexington.

  • Bridges Program—an early intervention program designed for youth and their parents/guardians. Referrals come from the court or school system.

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Enhancement Site (FASD PES)—This statewide initiative provides training, resources and collaboration. Visit to learn more and to see what is available to you.

  • Alcohol Prevention Enhancement Site (Alcohol PES))—a statewide initiative providing training, resources and collaboration. Visit to learn more and to see what is available to you.

  • Lending Library offering informative DVD’s on current topics and emerging issues

  • QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) suicide prevention training

  • Mental Health Promotion in collaboration with The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Michele Flowers McCarthy, Corporate Director of Substance Use and Prevention Services

Jan Chumley, Service Area Administrator  

Phone: (859)-225-3296 


1351 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511-1277
859.255.4866 (fax)


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