Youth Universal Prevention Education Programs (YPU)

Abilene Recovery Council provides research-based, proven effective prevention curricula to schools and communities within the following counties:

  • Brown
  • Callahan
  • Comanche
  • Fisher
  • Haskell
  • Jones
  • Mitchell
  • Nolan
  • Runnels
  • Scurry
  • Shackleford
  • Stephens
  • Stonewall
  • Taylor

All curricula are on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Trained prevention professionals deliver a comprehensive prevention program that is 10-12 sessions and also includes positive alternatives, presentations, and community mobilization and education activities for the entire school and community. Currently, Abilene Recovery Council Prevention Specialists are facilitating “Positive Action” for grades 2 through 9. Additionally, our prevention staff is available to provide presentations pertaining to behavioral health promotion, tobacco and nicotine products, alcohol (underage drinking), marijuana, and/or prescription drug misuse issues.

2020 - 2021 Award Winner "Stand Up for Texas Public Schools" in recognition for "standing up & supporting public schools in our community."

For more information, contact Alicia Barton, YPU Program Director, at 325-673- 2242, ext. 1100

24 Hour Crisis Hotline (800) 621-8504

For other resources on Mental Health, please visit

Regional Resource Guide


Alexander Building
104 Pine Street, Suite 205
Abilene, Texas 79601

Oil & Gas Building
813 8th Street, Suite 615
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301