Prevention Program History

Our Student Assistance for Mesa Schools (SAMS) Committee originally started in 1985 and was composed of 4 individuals.  Over twenty five years later our SAMS Committee has grown considerably but our goal of prevention substance abuse and suicide hasn't changed. 

In 1988 we held our first first Agency Seminar.  Over 30 community mental health and other social service agencies from around the east valley attended.  We still hold a bi-annual Prevention Fair with over 50 agencies. 

Our Mesa Public Schools (MPS) Taking Charge program originally started in the early 1980s and, as such, has been a feature of our MPS prevention program for over 25 years.