As one of Oklahoma’s forty Youth Services organizations, we provide services to populations under the age of 18, with a special interest in Prevention strategies. People Inc. provides extensive outpatient counseling services to youth in area schools. We serve every school in Sequoyah County, and several in Adair and Cherokee counties. Parenting Education is provided in arranged group settings and through our First Time Offenders Program, which is conducted as part of our cooperation with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
The addition of counseling and rehab to our repertoire of services has allowed us to help hundreds of youth adjust to the turbulence of childhood or adolescence. But the leadership of People Inc. have worked not only to treat the social maladies we encounter – but to prevent these troubles from occurring in the first place. This proactive approach distinguishes People Inc. from other social services agencies.
As a result of this emphasis, and our long history of working with the public, our communities have recently benefited from several new proactive and preventative programs. One such program is our use of Prevention Groups. These groups, offered to youth and conducted by clinical staff, address a number of topics including anger management, coping skills, anti-bullying, self-esteem building, social/communication skills and avoiding substance use. Also, People Inc. has formed a partnership with area schools to provide prevention groups to meet the needs of their alternative-educational programs. Currently this includes the Alt-Ed programs in Muldrow, Sallisaw, Roland, Gore, and Vian public schools.
People Inc. hosts staff involved in the S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) program. We house and facilitate the Youth Tobacco Prevention Specialist/SWAT County Coordinator at our headquarters who works in Sequoyah and Muskogee counties. This program is a cooperative partnership with the Muskogee County Health Department.
Another such collaborative program(s) is our participation with the work of the Sallisaw NOW coalition. These programs are anti-drug organizations in partnership with the Cherokee Nation and CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America). People Inc. is proud to serve as a resource for the coalition, and continues to help with their goals when possible ( including providing data, resources, meeting facilities, and the involvement of key staff). People Inc. is now cooperating with Sallisaw NOW for the provision of a Prevention Specialist who will base out of our Sallisaw facility.
Yet another way People Inc. is seeking to reach our community is through our participation in Systems of Care. Systems of Care is a comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other support services that are organized into coordinated networks to meet the multiple and changing needs of children, adolescents and their families with a serious emotional disturbance. It accomplishes this by providing community based, family driven, youth guided, and culturally competent services statewide.