Substance Abuse Prevention Program: Drug Free Community (DFC)

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) Drug Free Community (DFC) Support Program is a federally funded grant to the Area Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Coalition.  DFC works to reduce youth substance abuse, specifically alcohol and tobacco, in north central Nebraska by working with the community to create population level changes.

The strategies DFC implements in the community include hosting Responsible Beverage Server Trainings for alcohol retailers, advocating for local policy change, implementing the Reward & Reminder tobacco program, hosting Youth Leadership Summits, working with Life of an Athlete, and funding other prevention initiatives.

NCDHD also partners with the following local community coalitions as part of their Substance Abuse Prevention Program.




Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST)

Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST) is a FREE training offered by the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) and the Area Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Coalition for any establishment that sells alcohol logo_tipswithin NCDHD’s 9 county district.  Session participants will become certified in the TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) Program, the leading alcohol server training program in the country.  TIPS is a dynamic, skills based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental “people skills” of servers, sellers, and consumers of alcohol.    

Program participants are trained by certified instructors to detect the signs of intoxication and gain the confidence needed to intervene effectively to prevent alcohol-related problems.  Participants learn to identify those who are underage and those who are already intoxicated.

TIPS is recognized by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission as a way to educate you and your staff and help protect you and your employees from making mistakes, which could ultimately cause you to lose your liquor license.

It is our hope that you will partner with us to ensure that you and your employees are safely and legally serving your patrons.  If you are interested in RBST for your organization or business, contact NCDHD at 402-336-2406 or toll-free at 877-336-2406.

For more information, contact Whitney Abbott or Carol Doolittle at 402-336-2406 or or or

See the NCDHD Calendar for the current Responsible Beverage Server Training Schedule.


Life of an Athlete:  Human Performance Project

Helping Athletes Succeed in Sports and Life

Life of an Athlete (LOA) is expected to lead to changes in the school climate and behaviors among the student body.

Program activities include:loa-pic

  • Revision of student codes of conduct to support healthy lifestyle choices
  • Policy changes that encourage positive behavior among the athletic community
  • Youth leadership training to develop team unity
  • Student athlete, coach, parent, and community education on the impact of lifestyle choices and how to make healthier ones.

All of these activities are designed to support student behavior changes which focus on proper nutrition, adequate sleep and abstinence from substance use. The two goals of LOA are to reduce rates of substance abuse among student athletes and increase positive lifestyle choices made by student athletes.

The following resources provide information for improving your performance and about the negative performance effects of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. Also included are resources on how diet, proper sleep, and training can also improve your athletic performance.

Leadership Guide / Captains Guide – follow these guides to learn more about what it means to be a leader or captain of your team, how to figure out team dynamics, and how to effectively communicate with the coach, and more! Use these guides as a reference point to use when questions or conflicts arise.

Coaches Guide – The purpose and mission of this material is to help develop and facilitate more communication and leadership for all parties involved in a team environment.

Life of an Athlete Prevention Basics – sample school Life of an Athlete Prevention handout for parents and athletes.

Diet and Nutrition – diet nutrition summary for athletes.

Sleep & Recovery – This manual shines a light on the absolute importance of sleep in relationship to training, training effect, recovery and performance.

Student Training Tips – PowerPoint presentation highlighting Life of an Athlete and student training tips.

For more information, contact Whitney Abbott, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at 402-336-2406 or

Youth Leadership Summits

Youth Leadership Summits (YLS) are events off school grounds that bring students from different schools together to learn about substance abuse of alcohol and tobacco.  Students are equipped with knowledge about alcohol and tobacco and encouraged to be leaders in their communities by living healthy lifestyles.

For more information, contact Whitney Abbott, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at 402-336-2406 or

Drug Take Back Program 

Last updated 10/20/2020.