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Our Mission & Approach

Prevention Links is a private, not-for-profit organization. With community being defined as any environment where people live, work, or learn, the goal of Prevention Links is to pull together all available resources to eliminate the deleterious effects of drugs, alcohol, violence, and inadequate educational and health institutions in our communities.

Our mission is to foster healthy sustainable communities by empowering people through education, collaboration and by serving as the linkage to resources. 

Prevention Links, established in 1970, has an extensive history of providing science-based prevention programs that introduce and reinforce the skills necessary for youth to make good choices; to strengthen families; and, to train community members in best practice strategies to delay or prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

Our work focuses on identifying and enhancing existing strengths within the individual, family, school, and work setting to serve as the first and most valuable resource in sustainable revitalization of all types of community. Through implementing training programs and evidence-based strategies, practices and programs that are outcome-based, we empower all segments of the community to be actively engaged in changing their environments.

What is Prevention; how do you know it is effective; and why should you support it?

Prevention teaches our children healthy decision making skills. It teaches our children to identify their internal strengths in order to stay on course and mature into healthy adults. Prevention teaches parents and community members the most effective skills available to foster this development. Prevention is a learning process in which success is measured every time our children have the tools it takes to make the right choice. 

Prevention Links ~ Foster, Empower, Sustain…

Our organization takes a comprehensive approach to prevention, and our four divisions reflect that comprehensive approach;

Community Prevention 

For nearly fifty years, Prevention Links has been delivering evidence-based prevention programs for individuals across the life-span. Coupled with environmental strategies that decrease risk and increase resilience, these programs foster prevention-prepared communities. 

Family Success 

In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Prevention Links serves as the host agency for Several Family Success Centers in the Region. These are local, home-like environments where families can come together to engage in activities that increase resilience and promote connection with each other. 

Recovery Support 

Prevention Links provides individualized support services in which peer mentors in stable recovery assist people in early recovery from substance use disorders to find secure housing, build a community of supportive friends, and other tasks that help them to build a solid foundation to thrive in the community. 

Recovery Community Development 

Prevention Links empowers local and statewide communities of recovery to transform systems and services, to widen the doorways of recovery, and assure resources to enhance the quality of long-term recovery. Prevention Links provides assistance to individuals facing substance use disorder get connected with industry sought certifications, job trainings, and long-term employment. Individuals are connected back to their communities to thrive in their recovery journey.

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