Following several recent student deaths associated with drugs and alcohol, the CSU, Chico president held a Community Call to Action on February 22, attended by over 400 community members, students, staff, and faculty. This was followed soon after by a campuswide Commitment to Action Summit with over 200 attendees. Both focused on the issues of problematic substance abuse in the student population and the critical role of the campus and community in addressing the problem. As a result, there have been steps taken both in the community and on the campus with ongoing plans for the future. Business owners and leaders are organizing and discussing responsible beverage service practices.
The CalMHFA-sponsored UMatter program and the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center are collaborating to increase the ability of student peers to recognize signs and symptoms of students who are in trouble and to get them help by providing 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to students. We plan to train faculty, staff, and community members in MHFA as well.
Bystander intervention training using the Red Watch Band model is being implemented as a component of CSU, Chico's Peer Education Model Program. Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) screening has been brought into the Student Health Center, currently on an as-needed basis, with planned trainings to enhance and increase the number of patients screened through the Student Health Center. The counseling center has started a group for students with co-occurring diagnoses, entitled Living Well: A Substance Abuse Support Group.
Through active partnership with the Student Judicial affairs staff, the sanctions class has been rebranded and updated. It is now called RADAR-Raising Awareness about Drug and Alcohol Responsibilities, with the tag line "Have us on your RADAR." At each weekly course, a student in recovery tells his or her personal story. Plans are under way to tape the stories for future classes.
For more information, contact Trisha Seastrom.