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School-based Addiction Prevention Program Hires Program Specialist

Hyannis, MA (February 23, 2016) - Caron Treatment Centers, a leading and nationally recognized not-for-profit provider of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Welch as Student Assistance Specialist of the Botvin’s LifeSkills® Training Program on Cape Cod.

LifeSkills® is an internationally recognized prevention program to assist elementary and middle school students in developing drug resistance, personal self-management, and general social skills. This school-based program, which is typically implemented once a week over an eight week period, is already underway in the Sandwich public school system. Falmouth, Barnstable, and Dennis-Yarmouth school districts have also expressed interest in participating in this much needed grant-funded programming in 2016 and several other districts are being approached about opportunities for collaboration as well.

Welch, a Falmouth resident, will oversee the implementation of the project throughout the Cape Cod region. She will facilitate the existing Cape programs and work with school districts that are putting the program in place for the first time. Welch joins Caron with more than 15 years of experience as a well-regarded educator and an extensive professional background in the non-profit sector. Having earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Service Studies from Cornell University, Welch brings a wealth of insight into student, teacher, parent, and professional relationships. She has worked with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and maintains a passion to promote prevention education while fostering collaborative opportunities to guide youth toward healthy and productive living.

“We are so fortunate to have Caron provide our students with Botvin Lifeskills® programming," says Carilyn Rains, BSN, M.Ed, RN, Nurse Leader of Sandwich Public Schools. "This evidence-based programming on the topic of substance abuse prevention has provided our students with the tools they will need as they are confronted with many of life’s challenges related to substance use as they enter into adulthood. We need to be very transparent on the issues of substance use and abuse as we face the current opioid crisis today, and what better way to prepare our children than with sound prevention strategies and a premier educational program!”

The Student Assistance Specialist position was made possible by a generous donation from the Smithers Family Charitable Fund and the Cape Cod Substance Abuse Prevention Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation. This will allow prevention services to be made available to students across Barnstable County.

Caron Treatment Centers has been dedicated to delivering evidence-based, gender-specific behavioral health and addiction programming for 60 years. Caron’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides comprehensive, customizable drug, alcohol, and nicotine prevention services and healthy living programming designed to help students lead successful lives. By partnering with schools, parents, communities, and other concerned organizations, their goal is to help students achieve and thrive. Caron has been offering prevention services, including the LifeSkills® program in Massachusetts for more than 13 years and has worked with over 350 schools and more than 40,000 participants.

About Caron Treatment Centers

With 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has Recovery Centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron’s Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including teens, young adults, adults and older adults. Caron’s treatment is customized to meet the needs of individuals and families – with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its former patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter.