Chemical Health

Electronic cigarettes, stimulants, synthetic drugs and more – the temptations and pressures which teens face expand and evolve. Yet, chemical use is not just a “normal” part of adolescence and cannot be ignored.

Teen brains are at greater risk for developing substance use disorders and addiction. However, that risk decreases each year substance use is delayed during adolescence. That’s why YSB’s chemical health programs focus on prevention, education and early intervention.

Access to quality chemical health services improves opportunities for success and strengthens the health and well-being of youth, their families and our communities.

YSB supports the chemical health needs of youth and their families in a variety of ways:

  • Chemical Awareness Class – early intervention at first signs of chemical use
  • Teen Intervene – individualized support to address a teen’s mild to moderate chemical use
  • Speakers Bureau – educational presentations on local trends in the community
  • School Based Services – direct chemical health support and prevention services to reduce youth substance use and improve wellness; in partnership with local Independent School Districts 622, 833 and 834

Chemical Health support in schools allows students to seek out support from an adult in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Many students self-refer to discuss their chemical health –including students who don’t know how to tell their parents they are using or who don’t have access to outside support due to financial and transportation barriers.

Since 2006, YSB has provided a full-time Chemical Health Specialist in Stillwater Area Schools (ISD 834). With dynamic and growing needs across East Metro communities, YSB’s Expansion Campaign furthered community collaborations in Fall 2017 to provide 4 Full-time, on-site Chemical Health Specialists throughout 3 local independent school districts serving Ramsey and Washington Counties.

 Ashley Rome, B.A., LADC – Chemical Health Specialist
 ISD 622 – Maplewood/Oakdale/North St. Paul
Michelle Sveiven Smith, M.S.W., LICSW – Chemical Health Clinical Specialist 
ISD 833 – South Washington School District 
Gina Johnson, B.S., – Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

 ISD 833 – South Washington School District
Julia Geigle, M.S.W., LICSW – Chemical Health Specialist and Program Supervisor
ISD 834- Stillwater Area Public Schools

These 4 Specialists provide clinical and/or prevention services dedicated to students and families, local school staff, and the greater community:

Learn more about YSB’s expansion in School Based Services from Chemical Health Program Supervisor, Julia Geigle, M.S.W., LICSW

Learn more about YSB’s staff, including our Chemical Health Specialists

Find Resources to help support a young person with Chemical Health concerns/issues