Doors to Wellbeing is a new National Consumer Technical Assistance Center established by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery to assist consumer-run organizations to 1) advance the evidence-based practice of WRAP facilitation and other self-help services; 2) spark youthled, consumer-run organizations and initiatives; and 3) to support organizations providing peerdelivered, self-help services to the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the nation moves deeper into the 21st century, there is a new generation of consumers emerging with different cultural, generational, gender, sexual, and technological orientations and a new set of challenges. Doors to Wellbeing will engage the assets, enthusiasm, and lived-experience of our nation's young adult consumers to help energize the consumer-led movement in the United States. While promoting youth leadership, Doors to Wellbeing will also be a technologyfacilitated connection point for millions of diverse Americans of all ages who are forging new pathways to living full and independent lives in the communities of their choice. Doors to Wellbeing will help to usher in the peer-to-peer self-help movement 2.0. The five goals of Doors to Wellbeing are to: 1) Assist with the development of statewide consumer-run networks in five states; 2) Assist 25 consumer-run organizations to implement and deliver evidence-based WRAP facilitation services and other self-help services that produce positive health outcomes; 3) Train 500 young consumer leaders and develop 25 youth leadership initiatives that produce positive outcomes for consumer-run organizations and for young consumers; 4) Assist 15 organizations to provide evidence-based WRAP facilitation and other self-help services that produce positive health outcomes for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and 5) Assist 100 consumer-run organizations to understand and implement best practices in business, organizational, and programmatic operations.
Fiscal Year 2017 Discretionary Funds
AWARE VERMONT will be administered by VCN which is a statewide provider network of the 16 non-profit community-based designated and specialized service agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Through AWARE VERMONT, VCN will: Build a sustainable and comprehensive statewide youth mental health literacy infrastructure through collaboration across a broad spectrum of individuals, agencies, institutions, and groups; Train a statewide network of Youth Mental Health First Aiders who can support Vermont's at risk youth through education, elimination of stigma and increased access to services for prevention and early intervention; and Increase acceptance of youth living with mental health conditions and awareness of the benefits of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to facilitate prevention, early intervention and referral of adolescents to mental health services. Throughout the course of this project a minimum of 20 YMHFA Instructors will be certified statewide. Instructors will provide YMHFA training to a diverse population of at least 2,200 community members and youth serving professionals with 400 First Aiders certified in year one, 900 certified in year two, and 900 certified in year three. The scope of this three year project will effectively saturate the state with seven times the number of Youth Mental Health First Aiders currently certified in the state. At the end of the third year, there will be 1 Youth Mental Health First Aider for every 10 adolescents in the identified catchment areas of this proposal or 1 Youth Mental Health First Aider for every 21 adolescents statewide.
"The Vermont Statewide Family and Youth Leadership Project" will work with Vermont families of children, youth and young adults in transition experiencing or at risk of serious emotional disturbance to empower them to become agents of transformation for themselves, and the System of Care. This transformation will be family driven and youth guided and impact the implementation, sustainability, and improvement of effective mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services for children, youth, young adults in transition and their families.
Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project
The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce alcohol youth use; reducing marijuana youth use; and reducing prescription drug youth use.
The coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies:
providing information, skill development, support, monitoring, and evaluation in order to reduce youth substance use, build community-wide support for prevention and outreach to youth and parents; developing the skills of staff, board, and coalition members in planning and implementation, sustainability, and engagement of key stakeholders, low-SES populations, and youth; supporting youth participation in alcohol-free and substance-free activates; and reducing youth access and exposure to alcohol and tobacco in retail settings by training and collaborating with retailers around physical design and retailer best practices.
The goal of the Vermont Regional Prevention Partnerships is to apply the SPF model to reduce underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and marijuana use among 12-25 year olds across the state of Vermont. The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the prevention infrastructure at the state, regional and community levels using Vermont's existing health district structures as the primary mechanism to implement the RPP.
The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: recruit, maintain, and train coalition members; use social marketing to inform adults of the consequences of providing alcohol to minors and ways to decrease young people's access to alcohol; provide information and enhance the skills of parents to prevent youth substance use; use social marketing to inform adults about the harmful effects of youth marijuana use and how to reduce young people's access; and promote the proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs.
The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: enhance leadership and collaborative skills of coalition members; provide information to community organizations and encourage community networking; collaborate with other community organizations to organize, schedule, promote and provide support for community events that provide information to community members; enhance parenting skills of community members, and emphasize the importance of preventing and reducing youth alcohol and marijuana use within our community; support the efforts around youth empowerment programs and evidence-based initiatives to increase wellness and reduce substance abuse; implement incentives for community members (youths and adults) exhibiting positive role model behaviors and striving to create positive community change; change the physical design of the environment in order to reduce risk factors for youth alcohol use/ marijuana use; modify policies and ensure enforcement of policies regarding sale and consumption of alcohol at organized public events in order to reduce the likelihood of youth access/consumption of alcohol; create or modify policies regarding marijuana; raise awareness of issues regarding illicit prescription opiate use; and reduce barriers to treatment and enhance drug take-back efforts in the region.
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