Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

For many years, people have often said, “The future belongs to our children,” while others have suggested that, “Our kids are our today.”


The Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare has diligently sought to obtain avenues of assistance to continue to help the kids in Craig.

“For an amazing 13th year in a row (with two more years to come), a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH) the opportunity to offer prevention services in Craig County,” J.D. Carlin, a Prevention Specialist at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare and a part of the CPPT and Coalition Team, said. “And the results have been wonderful!”

Added JD, “The curriculum we are using is Too Good For Drugs (TGFD), and it has been a great fit in large part due to having a specific program available for every grade level, K through eighth.”

TGFD is based on improving the factors that protect youth while reducing the factors that put youth at risk. It focuses on five key life skills:

  1. Goal Setting
  2. Decision Making
  3. Bonding with Others
  4. Identifying and Managing Emotions, and
  5. Communicating Effectively

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