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 The purpose of the Prevention Department at Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health is to assist communities in their efforts to build and sustain resilient, drug-free communities. The Prevention Staff is devoted to assisting communities in gaining the resources necessary to ensure the health and well-being of all citizens. Prevention of substance abuse involves more than just preventing access and use of substances. Efficient strategies involve addressing the issues that trigger substance abuse including domestic violence, bullying, sexual and physical abuse, mental illness and many more.


The Missouri Division of Behavioral Health has designated Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health (SEMO BH) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri as the Regional Support Center (RSC) for Service Area 19. Services Area 19 includes the following Missouri counties: Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne. The prevention specialists assist communities in organizing coalitions whose objective is to educate citizens on the realities of drug and alcohol abuse and prevent the use and abuse of these substances. Annually, the RSC conducts a Community Assessment. It is developed to identify problem areas and assist coalitions in creating strategic plans to address those issues, which include evidence based strategies and activities. Effective coalitions involve representation from all sectors in the community; law enforcement, faith based, businesses, media, youth, schools, policy/decision makers, etc. This type of community collaboration produces the most successful prevention outcomes.


In addition to our work with the community coalitions, the RSC also participates in a statewide campaign providing educational visits to all merchants who sell tobacco products. This annual campaign takes place in the spring. Support staff provides updates on new laws, when applicable, organization of trainings, helpful tips and information on the prevention of sales to minors. The Food and Drug Administration and the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control now offer free, tobacco sales webinars online. Visit or contact the RSC for more information.


If you are interested in additional information in your area, please contact:


Brandi Meese, Director of Prevention

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
101 South Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Email: [email protected]


Butler County
"We Can Be Drug Free" Coalition

Contact: (573)776-7830, [email protected]


Poplar Bluff, MO

Carter County

Redbirds Against Drugs (R.A.D.) Coalition

Leader: Ladeana Crowley

Contact: (573)322-5325, [email protected]

Ellsinore, MO


Reynolds County

Reynolds County Maternal Child & Family Health

Leader: Pam Aiello

Contact: (573)648-2498, [email protected]

Centerville, MO


Wayne County

Wayne Inter-Agency Network Coalition

Leader: Sherie Wymore

Contact: (573)223-7426, [email protected]

Piedmont, MO


Ripley County

S.T.O.M.P. Coalition
Leader: Lisa Aden
Contact: (573) 996-7980, [email protected]
Doniphan, MO

Education & Presentations-Prevention staff are available to provide presentations on a variety of topics:


All Stars

Prescription Take Back/Drop Box Campaigns

Brain Power

Project Alert

Building Community Coalition Workshop

Read, Set, Listen


Responsible Beverage Server Training

Children's Program Kit - Supported Education for Children of Addicted Parents

Secrets Through the Smoke

G.A.S.P.- Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play

Signs of Suicide (SOS)

Get Connected

Too Smart To Start

Guiding Good Choices


Making Workplace Drug Free


Mental Health First Aid


Meth 360


Parents 360


A Parent's Guide to The Teens Brain


Prevention Library- The RSC offers a wide variety of prevention materials and information. Please visit the RSC or contact the Prevention Coordinator to inquire about topics and quantities.

Leadership and Partnerships- The RSC is open to working with agencies, group, and community members to further establish strong, sustainable prevention programs, events, and activities. We would like to hear your ideas. Please call the Prevention Coordinator to discuss partnership and leadership opportunities.

Alternative Activities- Keeping youth actively involved in alternative activities is a key component in promoting healthy choices and behaviors. If you are interested in planning an event in your area, contact the Prevention Coordinator to get started.



    Be Under Your Own Influence Campaign -

    ACT Missouri -

      Center for Disease Control (CDC) -

     Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) -

       The Department of Mental Health/Division of Behavioral Health -

      Mental Health First Aid -


    Missouri National Guard Counterdrug Task Force- The National Guard Counterdrug Program, with members in most major communities, provides highly skilled personnel, specialized equipment, and facilities to support law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in response to the changing drug threat.


    National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute (CADCA)- The institute serves as both a vehicle for coalition-specific substance abuse prevention policy development and a center for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building.


     National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) -


     National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) -

     National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs (NREPP) - Registry of evidence based and model programs with research showing they are effective


       Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


       Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Government agency focused on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental health or substance use disorders.



We are certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and accredited by CARF International

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