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Prevention Enhancement System
Contact Information
275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET

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Program Administrator
Tiffany Quarles
(502) 782-0870

Alcohol Prevention Enhancement Specialist
Tara McGuire

Faith-Based/Community Initiatives Prevention Enhancement Specialist
Samantha R. Whelan

Marijuana Prevention Enhancement Specialist

Nicotine Prevention Enhancement Specialist
Elizabeth Shultz Vallett

Suicide Prevention Enhancement Specialist
Cathy Prothro
(502) 782-6185

The Prevention Enhancement System (PES) provides technical assistance and training to Regional Prevention Centers and their partner prevention planning boards, faith-based groups, and other stakeholders on best practices in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) use/misuse prevention and mental health awareness.

Working within the Strategic Prevention Framework, the Prevention Enhancement System is instrumental in increasing the effectiveness of local community efforts to decrease the availability of ATOD and increase engagement of community partners.

A key focus of the PES is to empower the communities of the commonwealth to decrease the harmful use/misuse of ATOD, improve mental health, and increase engagement of community partners.

The PES helps to provide support on:

  • Community collaboration
  • Capacity building
  • Data collection
  • Evidence-based education program selection
  • Current research and trends
  • Policy and procedure review
  • Resources
  • Prevention presentations on a case-by-case basis
  • Other needs identified by communities

PES services are free of charge to prevention providers in Kentucky.

The system currently includes five prevention specialists, each with a particular area of expertise: alcohol, faith-based and community initiatives, marijuana, nicotine, and suicide.

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