Educated Choices Healthy Options
The Educated Choices Healthy Options Program works with youth and young adults by providing the opportunity to reflect on their current choices, set goals for the future, and learn strategies for making healthier decisions regarding binge drinking to reduce risky behaviors.
Couseling, Testing and Referrals
ECHO Prevention Specialists provide free counseling, testing and referral services for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea for high risk minority young adults (18-24).
Including, but is not limited to:
- Rapid and non-rapid confidential testing
- Client centered counseling sessions
- Risk assessments and risk reduction planning
- Assessments of need for referrals
Through insightful conversations and group participation, the ECHO presentation identifies the link between binge drinking and HIV/VH/STIs/STDs along with:
- Defining alcohol and binge drinking (in terms of, number of drinks and Blood Alcohol Concentration)
- Identifying the harmful effects of binge drinking, including: health risks, STIs/STDs, and sexual assault
- Exploring how to safely consume alcohol (for those of age) and engage in safe sexual behaviors
Substance Abuse Screening & Assessments
The substance abuse screening and assessments consists of surveys generated by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS); a screening/assessment tool used to reduce alcohol consumption and risky sexual behaviors.
Feedback from the surveys is used to enhance motivation to change, review myths and facts regarding alcohol and sexual behavior, and teach coping skills to reduce risk.
This is done in an empathetic non-confrontational and non-judgemental environment in order to give clear understanding as well as unbiased andunwavering support.