Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is a leader in providing services and supports for people with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. The Delaware County Holcomb Prevention department is located in Media, PA. Holcomb has been providing evidence-based prevention programs for youth and parents in Delaware County since 1997.

Starting in 2010, Holcomb began providing similar services for Chester County.
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Parents Who Host, Lose The Most!

Don’t be A Party to Underage Drinking.


Each month Holcomb Prevention runs a different environmental campaign which aims to spread awareness and provide education on various health topics of concern. The month of May is featuring our Parents Who Host, Lose The Most environmental campaign.

Parents often host parties for their teens and their teens’ friends thinking that it will be a safer environment, even if alcohol or other substances are present. However, research provided by Mothers Against Destructive Decisions (MADD), proves that belief wrong; Teens who feel that they have their parent or guardians approval tend to drink more, and more often, outside the home.

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal and unsafe for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Underage drinking is illegal, and as a parent, you cannot allow your underage children and their friends to possess or consume alcohol on your property, even with their parent’s permission. Parents can face criminal charges, civil liability, large fines, and even jail time for hosting underage drinking parties. Further, you cannot knowingly allow a person under 21 to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

Holcomb encourages Delaware County community members and organizations to post lawn signs, window clings, posters, stickers, and parent pledge cards displaying the slogan, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking.” This campaign focuses on educating adults about Pennsylvania’s underage drinking laws and the consequences of breaking those laws. The goal of this campaign is to help reduce the number of parents who allow youth to use alcohol at parties and decrease youth access to alcohol.

The environmental campaigns consist of:

•Stall Stories (preview shown above)- An educational flyer hung up in the stalls throughout the community.
Free Speaking Engagements- Generally one hour in length and can be tailored for any population.
•Educational Resources- Brochures, flyers, handouts, etc.
•Pledges to make a difference- Sign a pledge to spread awareness and education on various health topics.
•Lawn signs, window clings, posters, stickers, and parent pledge cards displaying the slogan, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking.”


For more information, to sign up for Stall Stories, or to schedule any of these FREE speaking engagements, please contact Matt Grace by emailing matthew.grace@holcombbhs.org or by calling 484-444-0412.


Holcomb Prevention and Education Services, funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug & Alcohol Services, provides education, trainings, consultations, public awareness campaigns, prevention initiatives, student assessments and referrals as part of a planned strategy to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.