Northeastern Prevention Resource Center (NEPRC)

General Prevention Services

Funded by the SD Department of Social Services, Prevention Program, the NEPRC is available for presentations and technical assistance surrounding the issues of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence.

A listing of currently scheduled trainings can be found by clicking on the Upcoming Trainings link below:
Upcoming Trainings & Events

To learn more about specific trainings/presentations that can be provided, please click on the following:

Technical Assistance and trainings are available to assist with developing youth leadership programs.  Staff is trained to offer assistance in MENTORING, NATURAL HELPERS, and cross-age teaching.

The NEPRC sponsors a yearly Youth Leadership Conference.  This is a youth led conference. 

Become a fan of the NE Prevention Resource Center, Human Service Agency on Facebook and keep up-to-date on campaigns, current events and trainings surrounding issues related to substance abuse and violence.

Parents Matter - Talk to your Kids, They'll Listen

Over the past four years, 44 South Dakota teenagers have died in drinking and driving crashes. In addition, 479 South Dakota teenagers suffered injuries - some of which have changed their lives forever. These deaths and injuries are preventable, but only if you talk to your kids.

Click the Quick Link at the top of the page or one of the links below:

Prevention Resource Library
Over 1000 videos, books, and curriculum are available for free checkout. Topics include: information on management, depression and suicide, stress management, self esteem, eating disorders, group activities and games, communication, abstinence, parenting, Student Assistance Programming, and more!
To check out prevention library materials, please contact or call (605) 884-3530.

Prevention Newslink
Each month the Prevention Resource Centers from across South Dakota write a newsletter called the Prevention Newslink. This newsletter is a way of keeping prevention advocates across the state informed of upcoming trainings, events, campaigns and resources. Click here to download the most recent edition.

Tobacco Prevention
Tobacco prevention is funded by the SD Department of Health—Tobacco Control Program in an effort to prevent the initiation of tobacco use, promote quitting of tobacco use, and eliminate nonsmoker’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

The NE Region Tobacco Prevention Coordinator provides technical assistance to counties in northeastern South Dakota to support tobacco prevention, tobacco cessation, and tobacco-free policy efforts and to promote the South Dakota Quitline. The Tobacco Prevention Coordinator is also trained as a Worksite Wellness Consultant and is available to assist area businesses in implementing a wellness program at their workplace.

Professionals who have been trained in LifeSkills are eligible to receive free LifeSkills curriculum. If interested, please fill out the LifeSkills Training Commitment Form and return it to the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.

If you or someone you know is interested in quitting tobacco, please call the South Dakota QuitLine at 1-866 SD-QUITS
(1-866-737-8487) or visit

Watertown Healthy Youth Coalition

The Watertown Healthy Youth (WHY) mission is “Raising the awareness of our youths’ developmental needs and collaborating with our community’s resources to build a safe and healthy community for our youth.” 

WHY is currently working to address the issue of underage drinking through funding from the State Incentive Grant. This funding will provide resources for Project Success to be implemented at the Watertown Middle and High School; Alcohol EDU to be implemented at the high school; E Check UP to Go to be implemented at LATI; and Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol within the community.

WHY coordinates various campaign activities within the community and participates in many of the NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES and the SD CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES.

The 2011 Family Resource Directory lists resources, programs and caring professionals that are ready to help families in the Watertown area. The purpose of this guide is to promote healthy family life by providing various community resources that are available.

The Watertown Tobacco-Free Coalition was formed to create a heightened sense of awareness and urgency surrounding tobacco use and abuse issues; while enabling the community to utilize existing and develop new resources to promote healthy lifestyles. The Watertown Tobacco-Free Coalition recently developed a tobacco-free business guide for the Watertown area.

Meet the NE Prevention Resource Center Staff:

Dodi Haug, Prevention Coordinator or (605) 884-3516

Roshal Rossman, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator or (605) 884-3538

Kelli Rumpza, Community Prevention Specialist or (605) 884-3518

Kayla Potter, Certified Prevention Specialist or (605) 884-3524

Teresa Kaasa, Prevention Assistant or (605) 884-3530