HOUSTON (August 30, 2013) – DePelchin Children’s Center, in partnership with Harmony Public Schools, is proud to announce being the recipient of grant funding from the Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) to implement a Youth Prevention Universal program throughout the Greater Houston Area.

The newly funded program will utilize the evidence-based curriculum Positive Action to provide marijuana, prescription drug, alcohol, tobacco and other substance use prevention education to students between the ages of 12-18.  Positive Action is built around the philosophy that positive actions lead to feeling good, and the curriculum works on improving student’s academics, behavior and character with age appropriate lessons and activities at each stage of the program.

The program partnership between DePelchin Children’s Center and Harmony Public Schools demonstrates the mutual understanding of the importance of empowering children to learn positive behaviors early in life to make positive choices as they grow into adulthood. Harmony Public Schools are 40 high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life.

About DePelchin Children's Center:

DePelchin Children’s Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas.  Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption.


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Analisa Warren