Unison's Live to Celebrate Another Day

Posted Jul 19th, 2011 by Kitty Slight  Category: Community Interest


Allison Langdon, a student at Whitmer High School, decided that she was ready to “Live to Celebrate Another Day.” Allison and her mother, Amy, along with hundreds of other area high school students and their parents, entered Unison’s “Live to Celebrate Another Day” sober contract signing contest earlier this spring in the hopes of winning an Apple iPad2.

The sober contract signing was one part of Unison’s spring prom and graduation prevention campaign – which was funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County (MHRSB). The prevention campaign, “Live to Celebrate Another Day,” was designed to increase awareness of alcohol and drug use, misuse, and abuse during the 2011 prom and graduation season. The campaign targeted Lucas County teens and their parents.

According to Courtney Weiss, Chief Operating Officer for Unison Behavioral Health Group, “Lucas County students and their parents were asked to join the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County and Unison as we worked to keep teens safe during prom and graduation season. Part of that effort included formalizing a teen’s commitment to stay away from drugs and alcohol during prom and graduation by encouraging both parents and students to sign sober contracts. Kids think they are invincible, but all it takes is one bad decision to destroy a teen’s life.”

One third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens occur during the prom and graduation months of April – June. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, during Lucas County’s 2011 Prom/Graduation Season (April – June), there were no fatalities involving teenagers. “This is good news,” said Weiss, “but there is still work to be done.” A recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that on average 13.2 percent of all persons 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent of this age group drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. Ohio had a high rate of driving under the influence of alcohol compared to other states and was in the mid-range of people driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

With over 35 years of experience, Unison Behavioral Health Group is the community’s recognized and preferred leader in caring for the behavioral health and substance abuse issues of adults, adolescents and children. Unison accepts Ohio Medicaid and most private insurances. Through their contract with the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Unison is able to offer subsidized services to Lucas County residents who are unable to afford the total cost of treatment. Unison is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, visit www.unisonbhg.org

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