Health Education, Alcohol, and Drug Prevention

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Community Coalition

The TC Community Coalition was established in 2018 to carry out the prevention strategies of the College Environmental Prevention Grant. The Coalition is vital to bringing key stakeholders to the table to help with choosing and implementing effective environmental strategies to prevent and reduce underage drinking and substance use and its negative consequences. 

Our Mission

The TC Community Coalition works to promote responsible decision-making about alcohol and other drug use.
We identify factors supporting high-risk and illegal drinking and drug use; analyze data; and implement proven and promising strategies to create positive change. Together, we seek to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Best Life

Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign

The Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign is a community- and campus-wide health communication initiative that promotes positive academic and social behavior in our campus community. Using a blend of statistics and messages around mental, physical, and emotional health, Best Life speaks to students in a non-judgmental way with respect and empathy.

At its core, Best Life is a social norming campaign focused on reducing the consequences of alcohol and drug use. Did you know that 7 out of 10 Tompkins Cortland students don't like to drink or only drink 1 - 3 drinks when they do? And that 75% of students haven't smoked marijuana in the past month? Using drugs and alcohol is not the norm here. Learn more at You Define Your Best Life.

Gathering and Sharing Information

Student surveys

Every other Fall, hundreds of TC students are surveyed to track their beliefs and behaviors around alcohol. Survey data helps the Coalition identify issues and trends, while evaluating the impact of its strategies.

Focus groups

Student focus groups help gather data for our needs assessment and develop and evaluate messages used in marketing materials as well as programs/prevention strategies.

Strengthening policies

The Policy and Enforcement Workgroup remains committed to the reviewing of the AOD Policies. 

Implementing SBIRT

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT) started Fall 2018 in our Health Center. SBIRT is a structured set of questions and a brief follow-up discussion between a student and a Health and Wellness staff member designed to address alcohol and drug use problems.

College Environmental Prevention Grant

In 2017, Tompkins Cortland was awarded the College Environmental Prevention Grant through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The goal of the grant is to prevent and reduce underage alcohol consumption and other drug (AOD) use. This goal will be achieved through the attainment of the following four objectives:
•    reducing alcohol and drug access on the campus and in the surrounding community
•    reducing availability of alcohol and drugs to the targeted college student population
•    changing attitudes and norms that support college underage drinking and drug use including prescription drug misuse
•    provide Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services to college students as appropriate

Contact Information
Email Kevin Broderick | College AOD Prevention Coordinator | or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4551



Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based strategy to reduce alcohol and drug use and promote student success. 

Addressing risks early

SBIRT provides students an opportunity to address substance use risks before experiencing additional health, academic, and other consequences. Each part of the SBIRT process delivers personalized information and assistance tailored to students' unique needs.

Screening (S) is a simple method of identifying students' substance use risks via SUSI, an interactive, animated web-based questionnaire. Screening takes approximately five minutes to complete.

A Brief Intervention (BI) is a non-judgmental feedback session provided to students following their screening by a SBIRT Team staff member.

A Referral to Treatment (RT) offers additional services and support to students whose substance use may pose serious risks. RT fosters further examination of students' substance use and facilities connections to campus and community partners. 

SBIRT is confidential

SBIRT information is confidential and shared only with the SBIRT Team for the purposes of carrying out the intervention. No SBIRT information is disclosed to anyone outside the SBIRT Team, including college staff or students' families, without the students' written consent.

Online screen for residential students

TC screens residential students using the online survey tool, SUSI. SUSI stands for the Substance Use Screening Instrument, and “she” follows evidence based practices to ask students about their current college and overall life experience as well as their current substance use habits. SUSI uses this confidential data to prepare a report that faculty or staff can use to help provide a brief intervention and refer the student to resources that mat benefit their quality of life.
SBIRT is supported by an NYS OASAS Environmental Prevention Grant and managed by the Tompkins Cortland Community College Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Council.

For more information 
Email Kevin Broderick | College AOD Prevention Coordinator | or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4551

The Options Program

The Options Program is Tompkins Cortland Community College’s confidential, short-term alcohol and drug education service. The mission of the Options Program is to support student learning and promote campus and community wellness by reducing alcohol and other drug abuse and related consequences. 

For more information
Call Matt Kiechle | Director of Health and Wellness Services | at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4540 or Kevin Broderick | College AOD Prevention Coordinator | Ext. 4551