Proudly Serving South Central Texas
The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) Region 8 proudly serves the 28 counties of South Central Texas by providing access to data regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and misuse, as well as behavioral, mental, and physical health issues related to drug use. PRC 8 also collaborates with community stakeholders and builds strong partnerships with organizations that collect data through questionnaires, needs assessments, surveys, focus groups, and informant interviews.
The mission of the Prevention Resource Center 8 is to serve as a central data repository and substance abuse training liaison for the Region 8 community. As the central data repository, the PRC will develop a Regional Needs Assessment (RNA) that will tell of a story of what the data is indicating for the 28 counties. The data collection will include, but is not limited to, the state’s three main priorities of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.
Meet the Drug Abuse Prevention Resource Team
Gyna Juarez, M.P.A., ACPSPRC Region 8 Director
Teresa Stewart, B.S, APS.Regional Evaluator
Marcus Kavanaugh, B.S.Community Liaison
Marcus Kavanaugh is the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the Prevention Resource Center (PRC)-Region 8, a program with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA). Prior to joining SACADA, Marcus was a soldier in the U. S. Army, as a Health Care Specialist and received an Honorable Discharge after serving his country for more than twenty years. Marcus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He is passionate about prevention and is enthusiastic in his work here at the PRC in helping Region 8 to include the communities, stakeholders, and everyone who helps with educating our youth and families with their well- being.
Kayla EscamillaTobacco Prevention Specialist
Kayla is originally from Carrizo Springs, TX. She graduated in 2005 and worked for 4years with State and Federal correction facilities. She then went into Business Administration field for the following 6 years. She moved to San Antonio in 2016 and is currently attending Quest College to get certified in Business Administration and continue school for Criminal Justice. She is looking forward to her new role as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist Region 8 and being part of the SACADA team.
The Department of Health and Human Services oversees the 11 Prevention Resource Centers of Texas. Each PRC serves several counties.
The 28 counties in Region 8 are: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Lavaca, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wilson, Zavala
Help PRC Region 8 accomplish its vital mission.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Prevention Resource Center-Region 8. We have opportunities to fit your time availability and talents. PRC Volunteer activities include but are not limited to the following:
- Label material for community health fairs and presentations;
- Organize SACADA resource clearinghouse;
- Prepare materials for prevention programs;
- Assist with various program activities
Internship and Practicum students will be assigned to a specific program and will receive direction from the assigned supervisor.
You will then be contacted to arrange a brief orientation, after which you can begin your volunteer service. We appreciate your interest in volunteering!
Please note: Due to the nature of the services we provide, some volunteers are asked to submit to a background check and/or drug screening and sign a statement of confidentiality.
San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace. No smoking is permitted anywhere on our campus.Volunteer Now