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Position supports schools in chemical use prevention

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Gail Colligan was recently named to lead the Chemical Health Prevention Programs in participating school districts in St. Croix County.

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She will work with students, faculty and parents in prevention education, early intervention and support services for students dealing with chemical use issues.

Prior to accepting the Chemical Health Prevention Specialist position, Colligan worked with the Safe Schools, Healthy Students initiative in the Wautoma School District. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (C.A.D.C. III) in the state of Wisconsin with more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Colligan is available in Baldwin-Woodville on Mondays, Somerset on Wednesdays and St. Croix Central on Thursdays. Additional hours will be scheduled once the program is fully underway.

The Chemical Health Prevention Program in St. Croix County is a unique partnership of local school districts, the Substance Abuse Committee of the Board of Supervisors, the Office of Justice Administration and the Youth Service Bureau. It builds on the work of the former county-wide Meth Advisory Committee.

"I'm really looking forward to working as part of the educational team in our local schools," stated Colligan. "I hope students will see me as someone they can come to with questions, especially when they are dealing will issues of use, sobriety or experimentation."

Colligan continued, "Creating a drug free culture in our schools is really a team effort, involving students, faculty, parents and the community. My role is to build and strengthen these positive connections so our youth achieve success."

Colligan can be reached at 715-977-0443 or through the office at participating schools.

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