Buffalo Grove's OMNI Substance Abuse Program Expanding

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Byline: Submitted by OMNI Youth Services

Buffalo Grove-based has received a $50,000 grant from the Baxter International Foundation to expand its substance abuse program into three local high schools.

The Seven Challenges program, which assists adolescents and young adults with alcohol and drug use, is being offered this fall in Mundelein High School, Stevenson High School and Vernon Hills High School.

The program began in 2007 with an earlier grant from Baxter. More than 900 students have participated and is currently in 20 high schools including Buffalo Grove, Wheeling and Rolling Meadows.

"The program has changed the lives of many students and their families," said Andy Greenawalt, president of OMNI Youth Services board of directors and CEO of Emerson Ecologics. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Baxter, which allows us to expand into additional communities and serve even more families."

The grant, the largest Omni has received in the last five years, supports an 18-week program that started in September.

All students are given a drug and alcohol assessment to ensure they are appropriate for the program. The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. …