prevention + advocacy
We work with a variety of coalitions and community partners in order to best serve those in need. Our Prevention and Advocacy team increases awareness of issues surrounding mental health, substance use, and family services by regularly presenting to professionals and community groups.
213 Hubbard St.
Allegan, MI 49010
P: (269) 673-1896
F: (269) 686-2011
Monday & Thursday
Tuesday & Wednesday:
1060 W. Norton Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441
P: (231) 777-2222
F: (231) 777-2066
232 East 82nd St.
Newaygo, MI 49337
P: (231) 652-1780
F: (231) 652-1786bus route info
412 Century Lane
Holland, MI 49423
P: (616) 396-2301
F: (616) 396-8070bus route info
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interested in our prevention and advocacy services?contact us
alternative behavioral choices (abc)
The Alternative Behavioral Choices (ABC) program is a prevention program for at-risk youth, ages 10-17, who have had a first-time offense with the legal system, an episode of school suspension, expulsion, or other problematic behaviors. Through group and family sessions, youth learn skills to help them manage emotions, improve decision making and problem solving, and better their communication and relationships.
ottawa substance use prevention (OSAP)
Arbor Circle coordinates the Ottawa Substance Use Prevention (OSAP), which works to create change regarding youth substance use in Ottawa County. OSAP consists of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use. The coalition has a number of initiatives, subcommittees and task forces. Visit the OSAP webpage to learn more.
school-based mental health
Arbor Circle partners with local school districts to provide prevention and early-intervention mental health and substance use counseling to students on-site.
stop child abuse and neglect (SCAN)
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) is a community-based effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in Ottawa County through the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. SCAN coordinates child abuse prevention efforts to ensure we work together as a community to protect children. Our team at Arbor Circle partners with SCAN to raise awareness of child abuse and advocate for children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and resources are available each April.
student leaders initiating change (SLIC)
Student Leaders Initiating Change (SLIC) is a youth coalition in Ottawa County where students’ leadership skills are developed and where they can encourage peers to make decisions that have a positive impact on themselves and the community. Arbor Circle partners with this program to help students succeed, and through the program, there are many ways to get involved.
One way is by joining our SLIC core. The SLIC Core plans leadership events and campaigns to discourage high school students from using alcohol or drugs.
Similarly, students are encouraged to join SLIC at their local high school. Many high schools throughout Ottawa County have SLIC or Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD). These groups persuade students to make healthy choices. To discover a local SLIC or SADD group, please contact us.
Another beneficial program is Raise Your Voice. This teaches middle school and high school students peer refusal skills.
youth prevention & education
Psycho-educational group services, community service, and case management for at-risk youth, including services during the school day for youth who are working to return to school after a long-term suspension or expulsion.
Arbor Circle also provides Botvin Lifeskills Training to high school juniors and seniors in select schools to prepare for life after high school, including money management, time management, coping with stress, strengthening communication, and other challenges.