Prevention First was incorporated in 1967 as the Central Jersey Council on Alcoholism. Over the years, the focus changed to the prevention of alcohol abuse and expanded to include other drugs and other forms of abuse (dating/relationship abuse, gang violence and bullying). To best reflect what the agency does and emphasize its importance, the name was ultimately changed to Prevention First. In 2013, we became an affiliate of Preferred Behavioral Health Group. In 2017, all of our companies merged, whereas Prevention First became a a Division of Preferred Behavioral Health Group.
Prevention First’s services are targeted to those in grades K–12 and provided during and after school by a staff of professional educators who are dedicated to the success of their students. Programs are proven, age-specific and include the tools, skills and support necessary for students to develop and maintain healthy, abuse-free relationships and lives.
In addition, Prevention First educates parents, caregivers, businesses, law enforcement and community groups, provides on-site and online trainings for school personnel, conferences and workshops for prevention professionals and programs implemented through community outreach and the Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County.