The Coalition serves the City of Sitka, Alaska, a community of 9,060. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change. Specifically, the coalition will initially target youth non-cigarette forms of tobacco use including electronic vapor products, alcohol use with a focus on binge drinking, marijuana use and abuse and eventually prescription drug use and abuse through education, policy development and social norming campaigns. The first year of grant funding will be focused on developing capacity and data gathering and analysis to help understand local substance use and abuse trends, direct coalition efforts, provide a baseline for evaluation purposes and ensure efficient use of funds. Equity and cultural competence will be integrated throughout all prevention efforts.
Out of the Dark Inc. (OTD) and Craighead Out of the Dark Coalition (CODC), formed in 2008, are located in the northeast corner of Arkansas, Craighead County. The Coalition’s mission is to establish and strengthen collaboration among service-providing agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, civic groups, government agencies, and members of the community working together for the reduction and prevention of youth substance use in Craighead County, Arkansas. Substance abuse among youth in Craighead County is common. The 2015 Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment (APNA) student survey data show significant use of an assortment of drugs; the most prominent being alcohol and marijuana with prescription drug abuse on the rise. Factors contributing to this abuse include a lack of consistent funding for prevention efforts, proximity to drug trafficking corridors, easy access to alcohol and other drugs, perceived favorable parental and community attitudes toward drug use, and high incidence of poverty. Youth substance abuse is apparent in the community as seen by Craighead County having the 6th highest rate of juvenile substance abuse arrests in the state in 2015 along with an alarming rise in youth treatment admissions for non-heroin opiates from 2013 to 2015. With funding from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, CODC will address the issues of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse in youth (individuals age 18 years and younger) in Craighead County. The proposed project will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework. Processes and activities will be monitored and evaluated for effectiveness through ongoing data collection to formatively assess the coalition’s progress, determine whether or not stated objectives are met, and measure the impact of the Action Plan activities on the stated objectives. Goals of the CODC 12-Month Action Plan focus on these issues through implementation of the following strategies: • Increase coalition infrastructure and capacity • Strengthen community buy-in and partnerships • Build new community partnerships • Strengthen stakeholder (parents, community members) skills and increase knowledge • Reduce alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use among youth • Conduct a social marketing campaign to address drug use among youth • Change consequence of alcohol use by providing incentives/disincentives • Reward and enhance youth refusal skills • Provide alternative social events and activities With DFC funding for the proposed project, CODC will work to change the culture of Craighead County so that fewer youth become substance users.
By September 2018, the HEAAL Coalition will increase partnerships and strengthen community collaborations by recruiting 10 new members representing community agencies, businesses, and community partners from South and Central Phoenix communities as measured by coalition minutes/roster and coalition performance surveys. By September 2018 HEAAL will increase the perception of harm of marijuana use among African American youth (grades 8-12) by 10%. This will be accomplished by recruitment, retention, planning meetings, leadership skill training, peer presentations, educational materials, and social media campaign. Information and support will be provided to youth to conduct community activities. It will be measured by pre/post tests, Youth Norms Survey, and Arizona Youth Survey. HEAAL will reduce the use of prescription (Rx) drugs by 10% among youth grades (8-12) by September 2018 by reducing illicit acquisition and diversion of Rx drugs, increasing public awareness and patient awareness about Rx drug misuse/abuse, enhancing referral to substance abuse treatments, and increasing the perception of harm of youth prescription drug use. This will be accomplished with planning meetings, leadership skill training, evidence based peer presentations and educational materials, and social media. Information and support will be provided to youth to conduct community activities. The reduction of use of Rx drugs will be measured by pre/post surveys, Youth Norms Survey, and Arizona Youth Survey. HEAAL will reduce the use of alcohol by 10% among youth grades (8-12) by September 2018 by increasing retail store compliance, supporting the current social host ordinances and increasing the perception of harm of underage drinking. This will be accomplished with meetings, leadership skill training, peer presentations, educational materials, and social media. Information and support will be provided to youth to conduct community activities. The reduction of use of alcohol will be measured by pre/post surveys, Youth Norms Survey, and Arizona Youth Survey.
We are excited about the opportunity the Drug-Free Communities Grant gives us in such an important time in our city’s development. Buckeye is a rapidly growing city, witnessing exponential population growth since 2000 (an increase of 857.3%). The proximity to SR85 and I-10 presents a number of challenges, as these highways are considered drug corridors, connecting Mexico, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The Way out West Coalition (WOW Coalition) has developed an Action Plan around the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change that focuses on three (3) substances; marijuana, alcohol and Rx drug misuse. The negative impact these three substances are having on our youth and community are strongly supported by our data. The coalition membership is committed to our mission, goals, objectives and strategies that are focused on 1) increasing community collaboration and cultural competence, 2) increasing perceived risks, 3) reducing access, 4) increasing parent-child communication and 5) building strong youth through peer leadership activities. Our twelve sector representatives which comprise our Executive Committee bring a whatever it takes attitude and are driven by excellence. Most important is the solid foundation the coalition has in place to support our work. The WOW Coalition is excited for our youth and community about the upcoming year and beyond.
The South Mountain WORKS Coalition’s targeted region is the South Mountain community in the larger Phoenix metropolitan area of the state of Arizona. The Coalition will work towards reducing youth substance use by increasing community collaboration; increasing youth, parent, and community member perception of the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; reducing youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; and increasing parent-child communication surrounding the dangers of youth substance use. These goals will be addressed by providing information and enhancing skills on the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs through research and/or evidence-based education curriculums targeting youth, parent and community members; capacity building strategies for meaningful recruitment and engagement of coalition members and sectors; traditional and social media strategies to increase the perception of risk and reduce youth access; environmental strategies to provide information, change physical design and reduce youth access and perception of risk; policy change and advocacy efforts on the consequences of youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. These strategies will be data driven through survey collection from youth, parents, adults, and community members on the risk, perception, access, and use of youth substances.
Project Summary The Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth The Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth has spent six years addressing underage alcohol and drug use in its community. The Coalition has been actively building a base support structure and creating awareness through education of these issues in the community. Now the community is ready to take action on these specific environmental strategies below. The research findings from multiple data sources have revealed a substantial adult and youth substance use crisis. The high rates of substance use and cultural norms demonstrate the need for multiple channels of intervention to reduce use and change norms through increased enforcement and improved training and policies, while increasing meaningful youth engagement. The multi faceted action plans in the DFC grant address all these areas. The Athlete Committed Program involves training, education and policy enforcement for youth, adults and coaches. The significance of this program is that it provides a structure for 59% of our students, all of whom participate in sports, to receive targeted information specific to athletes while increasing the policies and consequences around substance use. The Physician Committed Program creates communication between patient and physician to screen for early identification and prevention strategies. This program has a parent component as well. The value in both of these programs is the communication with parents and youth to help change the norms with both audiences. The behavior adults are modeling has a direct impact on the behavior of youth. To reduce retail access, the Merchant Committed Program will address fake IDs, shoplifting and underage sales. To decrease youth exposure to alcohol, the Coalition will work with the Wellness Youth Advisory in the high school to identify problem retail environments and to reduce alcohol related promotions. Increased enforcement will come through the work the Coalition is doing to enhance and expand the Social Host Ordinance. Enforcement and consequences alone are not the answer, but effective enforcement combined with the environmental prevention strategies will change the culture. In addition to implementing the action plans through subcommittees, engaging members of the Coalition, and increasing youth involvement, the Coalition will build capacity and expand communication efforts.
The goals of the LifeWorks CAN coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing environmental strategies which are based on evidence that substance abuse is a product of multiple environmental conditions and circumstances. Environmental strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems, and policies. More specifically, environmental strategies seek to: (1) limit access to substances; (2) change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shift the consequences associated with youth substance use. Examples can be found in the table below. The LifeWorks CAN will achieve the DFC program goals through: - Community organizing and coalition efforts specific to the LGBT community - Advocacy and policy change through the LGBT community - Media outreach with LGBT radio and newspaper outlets - Bi-lingual information dissemination - Community forums and events - Data collection, assessment and needs-based strategic planning for the LGBT community
The Wellness & Prevention Coalition(W&PC) is requesting $125,000 in Drug Free Communities funding for 2017-2018. The mission of the W&PC is to ""Empower the community of San Clemente to help youth lead healthy and productive lives - free from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The W&PC has involved all sectors of our community in a collaborative effort to achieve our mission. The key objective of the W&PC is to collaborate to bring quality substance use prevention strategies to the community of San Clemente that builds skills of parents and strengthens the developmental assets in youth. The W&PC spent the last 12 months completing a community wide assessment of youth substance use issues that resulted in the targeting of youth alcohol and marijuana use as the focus of our efforts in fiscal year 2017-2018. The Wellness & Prevention Coalition (W&PC) used SAMSHA’S Strategic Planning Framework (Assess Needs, Build Capacity, Plan, Implement, Evaluate) and Seven Strategies for Community Level Change (Provide Information, Enhance Skills, Provide Support, Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers, Change Consequences, Change Physical Design, Modify/Change Policies) to develop our 12-month action plan. The 12-month action plan are the activities that the W&PC hope to implement with funding from this grant supplemented by the non-federal match.
The Jefferson County Drug-Free Communities that Care Coalition's (DFCTC) proposal is supported by a cross-agency collaboration made up of policy makers, elected officials, and community representatives called the Children and Youth Leadership Commission (CYLC). The CYLC, and its subcommittees were established in 2004 in order to address the immediate and long-term social service needs of children and families living in Jefferson County. The coalition, which is part of the Prevention Subcommittee, was created to identify, address, educate, prevent and reduce youth substance use. The coalition's goal of implementing an action plan to reduce youth substance use, aligns perfectly with the previous and current work of the CYLC. The DFCTC proposal will augment the work the Prevention Subcommittee has been doing to address youth substance abuse. The DFCTC proposes to actively invite and build member capacity of the coalition; create a strategic plan for substance use prevention, which aligns and coordinates with other state and local efforts; educate partners, parents and school personnel on how to implement evidence-based substance use prevention strategies; wage a county-wide awareness campaign to increase the awareness of the risks associated with substance use (school and classroom programs, after-school and prosocial activities; community events); coordinate prevention, intervention and treatment systems - an any-door systemic support plan; conduct outreach to Jefferson County's most vulnerable populations; and provide trainings across the county to increase the members' and the community's knowledge of the problems associated with youth marijuana use, youth alcohol use and youth misuse and abuse of prescription drugs; all in an effort to reduce youth substance use in Jefferson County. In addition, Jefferson County needs a centralized, professional, well-informed and coordinated communication and data collection system that all partners can input and use to collect vital information on youth substance use and abuse. The DFCTC plans to be the hub where parents and the community can come for help, information and awareness. The goals in the DFCTC proposal align with the needs of Jefferson County. In Jefferson County the rate of Emergency Department admissions for alcohol poisoning among 15-19 year olds per 100,000 was approximately 600 in 2015, representing the single greatest reason for substance-related ED poisoning visits for this age group. More than 30 percent of all Jefferson County youth in substance abuse treatment identify alcohol as their primary or secondary substance of abuse. And in 2013 and 2014, Colorado youth ranked highest in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from the fourth highest in 2011/2012. In the two year average since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, youth self-reported past month marijuana use increased 20 percent compared to the two year average prior to legalization. Of major concern is that only 48 percent of high school students surveyed see marijuana as risky compared to 54 percent of those surveyed two years earlier. Marijuana-related school incidents involving law enforcement were notably higher in the DFCTC target communities of Edgewater and Wheat Ridge compared to the two year averages prior to legalization (2011/2012). And incidents involving all ""dangerous drugs"" was significantly higher among students in Lakewood compared to other school communities. The DFCTC is poised and ready to help Jefferson County significantly reduce youth substance use.
The Torrington Coalition to Reduce Youth Substance Use serves the Torrington Connecticut community of 36,000. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: (1) Increase the resources and readiness of the Torrington Coalition to Reduce Youth Substance Use (2) Ensure that all 12 sectors of the Torrington Community engage in evidence based environmental strategies (3) Change attitudes and behaviors of both youth and adults by increasing penalties for breaking alcohol and drug laws (4) Conduct local evaluation in order to adjust coalition activities accordingly to maximize reductions in youth substance abuse
The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: (1) Build the readiness and resources of the coalition to address youth substance abuse; (2) Utilize Developmental Assets research to reduce youth substance abuse in our youth by increasing assets for all Naugatuck youth; (3) Change consequences through increased enforcement of national, state and local laws; (4) Use local student and community data to implement a social marketing campaign and other environmental strategies to increase community disapproval of youth substance use; (5) Use local media to communicate coalition successes in reducing youth substance youth.
The City of Wilmington, (19801-19810) the largest city in Delaware with a community with long-standing problems of poverty and violence that reached the national stage with the race riots and civil unrest in the city following the 1968 assassination of Dr. King. Many government attempts to overturn conditions have failed and left the population with distrust and a further sense of being disenfranchised. Now labeled “Murder Town USA” and 10th most dangerous city in America. Of the total city population, 19,686 are children and youth (Delaware Population Consortium for 2016), 86 % are receiving some form of public assistance from the State, with many living in families in which the caregiver is unemployed or underemployed and not able to earn a living wage to support their families. Of the population receiving services from DSCYF, 62.6 % are engaged with the Division of Family Services in which there has been a substantiated report of abuse or neglect; 16.2 % are involved with the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, the juvenile justice division; 12.3% are receiving services from the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health, and 8.4% are receiving services from two or more of the divisions. Overall, parents/caretakers of the TLPPC community continue to want a better life for their children but often feel powerless to improve conditions. Wilmington’s high inner-city poverty and unemployment rates persist in making life tenuous and volatile. Conditions support the growth of illegal activities like drug-trafficking as Wilmington is the hub to places like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Baltimore and New York. Illicit drug sales help support many families. Family conditions lack stability. A loosening of social norms regarding marijuana will continue to be a challenge as Delaware faces legalization legislation. The Lighthouse Project Prevention Coalition (TLPPC) is in its 3rd year of operation. The coalition originated as a collaborative of native community churches, providers, youth and stakeholders from the New Castle County/City of Wilmington community who joined together early-2013 with a sense of importance to address their communities’ high risks for negative child outcomes. Mentored by a statewide coalition, members recognized the importance of addressing the communities’ youth substance abuse issues and conducted a readiness assessment. May 18, 2013 members voted in favor of establishing a drug-free community coalition, namely TLPPC. Members began a strategic planning process and developed coalition direction and capacity. The Coalition has made a positive impact on youth engagement and providing alternative activities and information on the prevalence of youth substance use in their community. However, there is still so much work to be done. The contributing factors (i.e. drugs, alcohol, poverty, gun violence and teen pregnancy) are still there. Drugs become a way of community life and surviving. It is not just lowering the rate of underage drinking, it’s everything that surrounds the community that feeds negative outcomes. The target community is a place where 33.7% of children age 0-17 are raised in poverty (2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-year estimates), where the unemployment rate in the City of Wilmington is 6.3% as of 2016 and increasing; where child homicides are 23.42% of the city’s total; where child safety is of great concern due to unstable homes and neighborhoods and youth-on-youth violence, and substance abuse use; where in 2011 62 per 1000 teen girls had the highest pregnancy rate within the state. In the City of Wilmington 33.7% of children under18 live in poverty and close to 15% of households have an income level under $4,011.00 based on 2015 City-Data. Research shows that inner-city poverty is an insidious condition undermining positive development of strong families and communities that can raise healthy children with positive outcomes.
The Sumter Community Action Partnership (Sumter CAP) will work to prevent and reduce youth substance use in Sumter County, Florida. The mission of Sumter CAP is a Drug Free Coalition which works collaboratively with community partners to develop, implement, and promote innovative, sustainable substance free prevention strategies, as well as to educate families within Sumter County, to ensure a safe, substance free, and healthy environment for all our teens and families. Sumter CAP has over 50 Coalition members from the 12 sectors required of a community anti-drug Coalition by SAMHSA and utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework to guide coalition work. Membership is diverse representing the different cultures in Sumter County, and does not discriminate against our membership or community. If awarded, we will increase our efforts to reduce and prevent youth substance use in Sumter County and the improve the local conditions contributing to that use. Using the Strategic Prevention Framework, Sumter CAP has collected information from local and statewide sources to develop a clear understanding of the county’s substance abuse issues, including both qualitative and quantitative data. Sumter CAP will be focusing efforts on middle and high school aged students (ages 11-17) to prevent and reduce alcohol, marijuana, and illicit prescription drug use. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among youth, followed by marijuana use. Prescription drug rates among Sumter middle and high school students are higher than Statewide averages, and is an increasing concern among families. We will be focusing on the areas in the county where youth live and go to school, including the many rural pockets of the community. At the start of the 2016/17 school year, there were roughly 4,365 students in 6th through 12th grade, largely outside of The Villages, in the cities of Bushnell, Webster, Center Hill, Wildwood, Coleman, and the unincorporated areas. To reduce and prevent youth alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use, we will implement 12-month action plans that work to increase coalition capacity and implement community change strategies. Projects include: attended national trainings; providing trainings for our membership and community; sharing coalition information and alcohol and other drug data throughout the community through numerous outlets; monitoring alcohol and other drug related data in the county, state, and nation; implementing social norming programs for youth including alcohol and drug fee events; a campaign aimed at older siblings who are providing youth with alcohol and marijuana; parents who are allowing youth to drink in their homes; an educational onetime class on the laws regarding alcohol and drug use; parent workshops; compliance check operations, working with alcohol vendors to decrease alcohol signage and increase prevention signage; educating the community on medical marijuana concerns; providing safe disposal options for prescription drugs, and other outreach activities such as Red Ribbon Week and Town Hall Meetings. Sumter CAP will monitor and evaluate coalition progress and outcomes as well as 4 core measure changes throughout all phases of implementation. Sumter CAP has the support of numerous community organizations that, working together, will help achieve successful implementation of the DFC grant. The fiscal agency for Sumter CAP, E3 Family Solutions, has been working in Sumter County on prevention initiatives since 2010. Sumter County is a community that is ready to make positive environmental change and increase the health and safety of youth. Through the formation of Sumter CAP, organizations have come together to lower the risk factors and increase the protective factors among Sumter County youth and families. Evidenced by the high levels of participation (over 50 members to date), addressing youth substance use issues and the consequences related to use is now recognized as a leading need of Sumter
The Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition, Inc.(HPW) is prepared to engage with the award of SP-17-001 SAMSHA grant. HPW has sufficient infrastructure to manage and implement the grant objectives, strategies and produce measurable outcomes. HPW has broad networking and collaborative agreements to help facilitate the indicated structure of the DFC grant submission and guarantee described outcome measures. It is the purpose of HPW to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local governments to support efforts of HPW to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth 18 years of age or younger. Further, efforts will reduce substance abuse among youth and over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and we will promote the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. HPW will support established effective community level change. HPW currently has cooperative and collaborative sector agreements to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. HPW will conduct the day-today operations of this grant. HPW will work with leaders in this community to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change. HPW will not serve as a conduit for funds to passing through to HPW or to another agency. HPW's narrative describes three major areas of concern within Alachua County. These specific zip code areas have years of data collection and research surrounding and supporting their need for attention and resources directed toward prevention of youth substance use and abuse. These areas were selected from the analysis of data indicating areas of high concentration of youth drug use, youth drug sells, school drop-outs, gang involvement and other related crimes. These three areas also present as under-served and poverty laden. It is with this funding that HPW seeks to focus on community education, enlist participation excite the community, and empower members with alternative outcomes for their youth to become more successful with obtaining their goals in life. HPW's broad base of volunteers serve with passion and determination to personally impact youth in our area and work feverishly to help youth who respond to be resources providing from the award of this grant. HPW believes that within each child lies the potential to be a leader. It is with opportunities provided that will pave the way for their strengths to grow, futures to change, and for us to reinforce their value in society.
The Drug Free St. Lucie Coalition is dedicated to youth substance abuse prevention coalition serving St. Lucie County, Florida. The mission is “to prevent and reduce youth substance use, increase community awareness, and create change through collaboration, education, prevention initiatives, and policy change.” If awarded the Drug Free Communities Program funding, the Coalition will work to increase community collaboration among residents, organizations, schools, and businesses, and implement the 7 strategies for Community Change to reduce and prevent youth substance use in St. Lucie County. Drug Free St. Lucie has a diverse membership made up of SAMHSA's identified 12 sectors of community anti-drug coalition. The Coalition has developed a comprehensive 12-month Action Plan, with strategies working to educate the community, increase partnerships and resources,assessing the community's youth substance abuse use issues, and make positive environmental changes in St. Lucie County. Strategies include:Town Hall Meetings;Trainings for Coalition and community members; Sharing Coalition information and substance use information through a website, social media sites, a newsletter, local media outlets, and through partner networks; hosting monthly Coalition meetings and Workgroup meetings; attending community events and providing informative presentations; partnering with schools during homecoming and prom to promote the Friday Night Done Right –No Alcohol, No Dope campaign; hosting alcohol and drug free events for teens; implementing the youth-developed DRYLife (Drugs Ruin Your Life) campaign designed by St. Lucie youth; providing the Know the Law Campaign to educated youth on the laws surrounding alcohol and other drug use; conducted compliance checks; providing Responsible Beverage Server Training for local alcohol retailers; distributing No Sales to Minors signage to local retailers; providing Deterra Drug Activation Systems to help decrease youth access to prescription drugs in the home; and more. Coalition staff and key members will monitor and evaluate the progress of the Action Plan to ensure projects are implemented effectively and with fidelity. Drug Free St. Lucie has participated in series of needs assessments in the past few years. Based on all the qualitative and quantitative data collected on youth substance use problems in St. Lucie County, Drug Free St. Lucie will be focusing on alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use among middle and high school students, mainly ages 11-17 in St. Lucie County. There are currently 22,126 youth enrolled in the District's public school system in grades 6 through 12. The youth in St. Lucie's School District are racially diverse, as 34% of students are White, 30% are African American, 30% are Hispanic, 4% are two or more races, and 2% are Asian or Other. Drug Free St. Lucie will work to reach all populations of students enrolled in middle and high schools through culturally sensitive initiatives and materials and a membership representative of the youth served. From talks with youth and data collected, these substances, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs, appear to be used through all the different subsets of our population. Reaching the different populations will include strategies targeting the specific local conditions contributing to use in the different areas. We are confident that through our action plan, our membership will be able to help Coalition leaders reach youth where they are and reduce and prevent alcohol, marijuana, prescription drug use among all St. Lucie County middle and high schools aged youth.
The Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, Inc. (CCAPSA) has been engaged in prevention work since our founding in 1999. We have effected change across Cobb County by using the Strategic Prevention Framework to engage stakeholders, and the proposed Kickoff Kennesaw program supported by the Drug Free Community Grant will continue the use of this model and this prevention work. The City of Kennesaw is one of the incorporated municipalities within Cobb County, a county that is part of the metropolitan Atlanta region in north Georgia. Kennesaw has nearly 32,000 residents and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the metro Atlanta area. The community is relatively youthful with 71% of the population under the age of 44 and racially diverse with white citizens comprising 59% of population, 22% as black, 11% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, 3.0% Non-Hispanic mixed of two or more races and 4.7% from another race (U.S. Census). The two primary goals of our work will be to 1) increase community collaboration by capacity building within the community; and 2) reduce youth substance abuse related specifically to alcohol and prescription drugs. Within these two goals are a number of strategies that will attract new members who are reflective of the community we are serving while also reinvigorating established members. Our project will be an opportunity to engage stakeholders in a conversation where we agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Our objective under the first goal will be to increase community collaboration by recruiting ten new members to our 4 strategy teams (Education, Policy, Enforcement and Youth and solidifying our Kennesaw Coalition partners. For our second goal of reducing youth substance abuse, we will reduce the percentage of Kennesaw high schoolers who reported 30-day use of alcohol by 1.4%, (from 13.4% to 12%.) Likewise, we will work to reduce 30-day non-medical use of prescription drugs by 3% (from 18% to 15%). The results will be tracked using the Georgia Student Health Survey, an annual self-reporting assessment tool. There is a comprehensive plan to change the landscape of the Kennesaw community by (1) limiting access to substances; 2) changing the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shifting the consequences associated with youth substance use. Key activities behind this comprehensive plan include receiving and conducting training, conducting focus groups and Town Hall meetings, surveying stakeholders, establishing action teams, implement Positive Social Norm campaigns, compliance checks. Additional activities in support of reducing the availability of prescription drug are increasing the number and coverage for takeback days, secure storage in the home, safe disposal and youth-inspired messaging and social media campaigns. We are excited about Kickoff Kennesaw as part of a Drug Free Community that will address youth substance issues. Further, we are confident that with the action plan in place, our work will also be successful in reducing substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in Kennesaw that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse
The Upriver Youth Leadership Coalition will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to strengthen community collaboration and infrastructure around youth alcohol and marijuana use in Kamiah, Idaho. Kamiah is a small frontier town located in central Idaho with a population of about 4500 within the 83536 zip code. Kamiah is located in two counties (Idaho and Lewis) and is on the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation. The mission of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council is to empower youth and adults to build a heathier community through prevention leadership. The three primary goals of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council are to: 1. Foster leadership and resilience skills in our community youth. 2. Prevent the initiation of youth substance use. 3. Build a collaborative, sustainable community-wide prevention infrastructure. Partners include: healthcare, law enforcement, school, media, churches, government entities, Nez Perce Tribe, youth serving organizations, business owners, civic organizations, youth and parents UYLC uses the Strategic Prevention Framework to address substance abuse issues in our community. The issues UYLC are specifically addressing with the 2017 DFC application are: Youth Alcohol Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for alcohol (28.5%); past 30 day use rates (16.1%) How? --Reduce access to alcohol; increase perception of harm of underage drinking. Youth Marijuana Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for marijuana (17.3%); past 30 day use rates (8.6%) How? --Reduce access to marijuana; increase perception of harm of using marijuana. UYLC will utilize the seven strategies for environmental change in the comprehensive 12-month action plan. UYLC has a data driven evaluation plan to evaluate the effectiveness of meeting the objectives in the 12 month action plan that address the local conditions.
Decatur Township Drug-Free coalition will work to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in the community by providing proactive education and sustainable strategies through mobilization of community resources.
Dubois County Coalition for Adolescent Resilience and Empowerment Strategies (CARES) is seeking five year funding from SAMHSA for a Drug Free Communities Support Grant (FOA SP-17-001). If funded, this grant will allow us to build capacity within our coalition so we can enact cultural change to lower substance use among youth. Capacity building efforts will include training for coalition Sector Reps, Members, and partner agencies. It will also help us to promote CARES within our county to additional stakeholders so that our coalition continues to grow. Currently, we have 12 Sector Reps, four executive leaders, and 34 additional members, representing over 25 different partner agencies. Our people are from every geographical, cultural, and socio-economic area in our county, including diversity of ages, gender, religion, capabilities, and other differences. Our people are also active in numerous other community organizations which broadens our net of influence. With this grant, we'll be able to host high quality trainings and workshops to build understanding of the problems related to youth substance use and build collaboration to effect change. We seek to change the culture behind youth substance use in our county. Dubois County is primarily a white, German-Catholic community, with a large economic gap between the rich and the poor. All segments of our county have substance use issues. The primary substances used among youth and adults are alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and opiates. Our German/Catholic culture encourages significant alcohol consumption among all ages and it is common for people to become vocal against law enforcement when anyone is arrested for substance use. The most common comment made is, ""Don't police have anything better to do than arrest for (insert substance here)?"" CARES seeks to change that culture so that parents, youth, and general public understand the effects of substance use among youth, especially alcohol and marijuana. To enact change, if funded, we plan to work with school administrators to change school drug policies so they are enforced and serve as a barrier to substance use. We also plan to work with city officials to adopt ordinances that prohibit alcohol consumption on city property. Currently, there are significant tail-gating parties at sports events in city parking lots adjacent to sports arenas. With signage to post the new ordinances and the social marketing efforts we propose, we hope to curtail public intoxication and educate people about the signal of acceptance they send when drinking in front of youth. Obviously, we'll need significant dollars to educate the public, parents, and youth about the dangers of substance use. Funds will be used for posters, signs, trainings, and annual meeting (open to the public) to help get our message understood and embraced. We'll also need funding to promote our activities and to conduct a social media campaign of ""Talk, They Hear You"". Grant funds will also be used to obtain and analyze data from a wide variety of sources, including the youth themselves, parents, and general public. We plan to hire a consulting firm to conduct the evaluation of our efforts to assure program fiduciary. We also intend to use funds to disseminate information about our progress, upcoming events, and further solicit community involvement. Information will be disseminated through a wide range of efforts, including presentations to various audiences by our Sector Reps, an annual meeting open to the public, quarterly newsletters, ongoing social media posts, press releases, and a written annual report. Coordination of all of the above will be key to assuring our success. CARES has chosen TRI-CAP to be the fiscal agent for our grant. TRI-CAP has been a community action agency for over 50 years, managing nearly $5000,000 annually in federal, state, and local grants.
The Vigo County Local Coordinating Council's current role as an information facilitator will continue with the expectation of an increased mandate for community prevention programming and activities. Additional objectives will be identified that will improve the ability of individuals in need of services, with transportation or other access issues, to obtain the services they need. The objectives will identify and address problems and issues relating to cultural differences existing within the community, address conditions that allow for easy and opportunistic access to drugs and alcohol by youth, and also address consequences involved with the issue of availability. The LCC will increase community awareness activities that will encompass alcohol and prescription drug abuse/use by youth. Through the use of a action plan, the LCC will work with area organizations, Indiana State University, local police departments, media outlets, and the Vigo County School Corporation to develop a comprehensive problem oriented plan that addresses youth substance use. These actions include, but are not limited to, utilizing evidenced base programming, further development of youth councils, develop a media campaign, implementing the seven strategies for community level change, and creating an evaluation format to identify successes or needed changes within the plan. Finally, the Vigo County LCC Marketing Plan will be utilized for the purposes of educating our community, engaging members of the community to action, changing perceptions, promoting our unique goals, and setting the venues and avenues for feedback to track and measure the results of our 12-Month Action Plan yearly. The results will be used to solidify or modify current goals for greater effectiveness and more accurate reporting for stakeholders within the parameters set by the 12-Month Action Plan.
Webster County represents a constituency which is typical in nature to many rural, primarily agricultural, communities with the exceptions of its high poverty rate (70% overall above 200% poverty index), high drug related incidences by youth(as reported by the 2016 KIP Student Survey for 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders)and community members (as reported by law enforcement statistics and community member interviews,a 17% increase in the Hispanic demographic over the past seven years, and limited drug prevention programs or resources within the community at large. Webster County would be a first-time recipient of a Drug Free Communities Grant. With the growing needs as identified above, the Webster County communities would utilize these funds to create new and innovative approaches to substance abuse prevention. Students and community members have identified alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as the ""drugs of choice"" and the most prevalent abused substances in the community. The Webster County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition (WC KY-ASAP) in collaboration with the Webster County Board of Education have outlined a detailed 12 month Action Plan to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth and community substance abuse. The plan includes the creation of the Webster County ""True Blue"" Crew which will include representation from all twelve community sectors. The ""True Blue"" Crew will be committed to working together to promote a drug free Webster County. The Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan proposal will achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: *Provide Information: The Coalition will utilize a newly created ""True Blue"" website, county proclamations, town hall meetings, brochures and other media outlets to promote the Coalition and the Webster County ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community mission. *Enhance Skills: The Coalition will provide training workshops and activities designed to increase the skills of community members, students and staff through Character Counts and Life Skills Curriculum as well as ATOD training. *Provide Support: The Coalition will create opportunities for participation in activities such as Fifth Quarter, Truth and Consequences, Supt2Kids Advisory Councils, teen leadership conferences, and town hall meetings and forums. *Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: The Coalition will provide opportunities for all residents to participate in ""True Blue"" activities by hosting events in all four major townships in the county. *Change Consequences: The Coalition will support law enforcement's efforts to curb substance abuse by providing incentives to law enforcement to reward positive student and community member behaviors. *Change Physical Design: The Coalition will collaborate with Webster County Schools to provide a ""True Blue"" School/Community Resource Liaison on the middle and high school campus. *Modify/Change Policies: The Coalition will advocate for a ""smoke free"" Webster County and reward local businesses for adopting smoke-free policies. Additionally, the Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan will address risk and protective factors through the utilization of a community-wide ""Character Counts"" campaign. The ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community will establish a new and creative approach toward drug prevention that will positively change the Webster County community behavior and environment.
The Ray County Coalition serves Ray County in MO, a community of approximately 23,000. The goals of the coalition through this grant to reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals of reducing youth use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana by implementing these strategies: Coalition development, youth/adult education, social marketing, compliance checks and policy development. WestCare Kentucky, Inc. will serve as the administrative and fiscal agent for this grant until the coalition can establish a local 501 C-3 to provide this administrative function.
Project Abstract The Bienville Community Coalition seeks the award of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Drug-Free Communities Grant in order to aid the Coalition’s mission to combat underage drinking and prescription drug misuse, both of which are extremely high and problematic in a rural parish with very limited resources. Bienville Parish has just over 14,000 residents, most of who live in unincorporated areas of the parish, the highest number of unincorporated residences in the state of Louisiana in the second largest parish in Louisiana. If awarded the DFC Grant, the Coalition intends to address, combat, and prevent the problems of youth alcohol and prescription drug abuse by the following means. They will increase the number of members of the coalition and the Bienville Youth Leadership Initiative in order to implement environmental prevention. They will reduce social access of alcohol by youth by 10% by September 2018 as part of their 12-month action plan by increasing community awareness, providing training and support, media campaigns and other means. Additionally, they will decrease by at least 5% the access by teens of alcohol from retail locations within the parish, partly in conjunction with the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control agency. They intend to reduce past 30-day use among 6th graders through 12th graders by 5% through classroom-based prevention lesson plans. And they will also use the increased awareness of problems with prescription drug misuse and abuse to garner community support for the sustained use of prescription drug drop boxes in two secure locations in the parish. These goals are the basis of action for a team of experienced professionals in substance abuse, local governance, law enforcement, education, healthcare, media, local commerce, and the community’s faith leadership. They also will work in conjunction with newly chartered S.A.D.D. chapters in area high schools and other community sponsors to fulfill their mission to spread awareness, prevent, and reduce teen alcohol and prescription drug misuse and abuse.
The Safe Harbor Cohasset Coaltion was established in May, 2014. Its mission is to provide substance use prevention education to students, parents and the community at large. We are looking to make the largest impact through environmental and policy changes (outlined in our strategic action plan). The Coalition serves Cohasset, Massachusetts, a community of 8065 people. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance abuse. The strategies we have chosen seek to promote wide and deep involvement throughout town by building a strong and varied coalition whose members and programs measurably decrease the prevalence, frequency, and attitudes regarding the use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug usage. We will call on our 12 community sector members in an ongoing and appropriate manner to assist in using the following seven strategies put forth by the DFC. 1. Regularly provide and review evidenced based programs to schools, parents, students, religious groups, businesses, law enforcement and others. 2. Enhance skill sets of coalition members and community sector representatives to insure a cogent and informed prevention message is delivered. Develop skills to build coalition capacity and increase inclusion. 3. Encourage community support by creating activities for youth and families within the town. Other than athletics, our small town currently does not provide many youth outlets for entertainment after school and on weekends. The following activities are in the works: Teen Coffee House, Saturday Night Zumba and Friday Night Movies at the Beach. 4. New barriers will be established to discourage drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. Age restrictions on tobacco products, sober driving stops, Sticker Shock Programs, enhanced police patrols of gathering places and others will be initiated. 5. Consequences for students will be changed to highlight policies and recognize youth for achievement and example; to include both incentive and disincentive. The Community Heroes Award is will recognize the positive efforts of students and community members. 6. Policies in town will be modified to reflect new attitudes on alcohol, drug and tobacco use. The coalition has advocated for a limit the sale of E-cigarettes and tobacco products by increasing increase the minimum age to 21. Additional alcohol and marijuana monitoring will be instituted at recreational and sporting events. 7. Change physical settings as able; which will foster decreased use and activity/availability of target substances.
The CLOSE Community Prevention Project will support coalition efforts in the town of Longmeadow, MA to prevent youth substance abuse. This project includes prevention strategies for each of the following: alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and opiates. CLOSE Community (the Coalition for a Drug Free Community) intends to focus on providing key information on risks of use and local resources and skill enhancement across all sectors of the community: parents, youth, businesses, educators, law enforcement, faith communities, first responders. Additionally, the project would enable law enforcement and the local board of health to increase compliance checks and to better address underage use.
Old Colony Y through through the Easton Wings of Hope Coalition is proposing to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition has developed a comprehensive 12 month action plan to impact specifically marijuana and alcohol use in 7th through 12th graders with strategies that include: increasing coalition capacity through training and development, yearly assessment and analysis of youth substance use in Easton, education through community programming, youth leadership development, implementing a marketing campaign around positive social norms, community environmental strategies to decrease marijuana and alcohol strategies, and Shoulder Tap Strategies to prevent alcohol sales to minors.
Impact Norwood is a community coalition, in Norwood, Massachusetts, working to prevent and reduce youth substance use with data driven prevention strategies. Norwood is a suburb southeast of Boston with 28,602 residents. The coalition is comprised of community members, policy makers, community leaders, youth, parents, civic groups, and school, health and police officials, all representing Norwood’s diverse population. Collaboratively, the members aim to decrease the risk factors indicated in substance use and increase the protective factors to empower Norwood’s youth to make healthy and safe choices. Through environmental and sustainable strategies, Impact Norwood will focus on youth alcohol and marijuana uses as priorities. Examples of strategies include educating through information dissemination, and formal evidence-based education with a focus on community/parent education and youth. Additional strategies include limiting access to substances through policy change and increased enforcement efforts, as well as changing the culture and contexts within which decisions are made about substance use by influencing social norms for healthy behaviors and changing the consequences associated with use.
The Town of Stoneham is a suburban community of 22,000 confronted daily with big-city issues. Less than ten miles north of Boston's downtown area, Stoneham is inside the Route 128 belt that delineates the core of metropolitan Boston. Major highways and public transportation (bus and rail) travel straight through Stoneham, providing easy, direct access for both commuters and bored youth. In addition, Stoneham's exposure to big-city life is guaranteed by Boston television and radio stations, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe. Stoneham Substance Abuse Coalition, along with the legal applicant Town of Stoneham, is addressing local youth substance use issues incident to the Greater Boston area. Supported by quantitative and qualitative data, these include historically high rates of adult consumption of alcohol, historically low perception of disapproval for marijuana use, and the nation's highest heroin and opioid abuse data. Students report that boredom and a lack of entertainment opportunities in town are factors in their high-risk behavior. Because most parents commute to jobs outside of Stoneham, many teens are unsupervised both before and after school. The Coalition is very active in the community and has collected a trove of qualitative data (focus groups, town hall meetings, informal surveys) on youth substance use. A 2015 community forum identified the increased prevalence of community substance abuse – from the highly visible opiate overdose epidemic to acceptable use of marijuana by young adults to on-going adult alcohol abuse – as specific issues that contribute to our community's youth substance use issues. The Coalition's plan addresses key issues with actionable items designed to produce measurable change. The problems to be addressed related to alcohol include the implementation of policy change initiatives to reduce access to alcohol. This will be accomplished through promoting ID check initiatives, advocating for Social Host Ordinance, retailer education on risks and consequences of selling to underage users, and coordinating retailer compliance checks with local police. The Coalition will also increase public awareness of youth alcohol issues through Red Ribbon Week activities, Project Sticker Shock, and other awareness strategies. The problems to be addressed related to marijuana include promoting awareness and education on the health, social, and legal consequences and effect of marijuana through teacher, parent and professional trainings, seminars, and town hall meetings; implement social norms strategies to address misperceptions related to use; and examine and advocate for needed changes to school, law enforcement, and juvenile justice related policies. Finally, the Coalition will restrict the pathway to heroin and opioid addiction via prescription drugs. The problems to be addressed include developing environmental strategies to reduce access to prescription drugs by hosting prescription drug take back events, implementing Operation Medicine Cabinet in collaboration with pharmacies, and educating the community about medication security in homes and safe medication disposal. Much of our strategy will focus on addressing opiate prescription abuse among youth which our data shows to be a leading precursor to later heroin use. The Coalition strives to collaborate with all community organizations focused on youth substance abuse, fostering communication and collaboration among our community's diverse populations. We understand that a community-wide collaboration involves system-wide change and integration of services through a variety of mechanisms. Maintaining this collaboration requires ongoing planning to assess what has been effective, what needs to change, and what needs to be done to reach the community’s goals.
The Healthy Chelsea Coalition serves Chelsea, MA, a community of 35,000 residents. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: Strengthening and expanding the coalition’s collaborations with community partners. Creating and expanding opportunities to implement prevention education and skills training for youth in schools and youth serving organizations to include: awareness on the effects of substance use on the developing teen brain, relevant local YRBS data; teaching stress management/healthy coping; resistance skills, handling peer pressure. Helping to change community norms about teen substance use through a local campaign developed and led by Chelsea youth. Offering youth substance use and youth development trainings to the community, school faculty and local youth-serving organization staff: detecting signs/symptoms of alcohol abuse, local YRBS data; trauma informed care; availability of local resources Reducing youth access to alcohol through alcohol compliance checks, retailer/server trainings, and alcohol license density reviews Promoting the availability of a 24/7 medication drop box in police department; Holding community-wide events for national take back days in conjunction with Chelsea Police Dept and the DEA. Conducting presentations at Senior Center/senior housing buildings on prescription drug abuse; follow up with a take back event at those buildings
The UMES Project Achieve Coalition serves Somerset County, Maryland and surrounding area, a community of 3,500. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies to address marijuana and opioid: media advocacy, media campaigns, and peer-to-peer education and outreach.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition is submitting for the Drug Free Communities Grant to increase youth prevention efforts for Tobacco, Prescription Drugs and Alcohol. Funding for the DFC grant proposes to target prevention efforts concerning youth alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use. The coalition feels strongly that each substance presents a problem to the community and needs to be addressed. With extra support, the Coalition feels that it will be able to build off of the foundation it has built. Though this project we will: Expand the coalition’s leadership skills and education by providing opportunities for coalition members to attend training, provide assistance in data dissemination to community members and the organization, Assess and plan with law enforcement and local owners on the best way to increase the best practices for the sales, promotion and store placement, and increase the support and awareness in schools and within the community surrounding the severity of substance abuse among youth with a particular focus on alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs.
The Livingston County Community (LCCA) is a county-wide coalition that seeks to unite the Livingston County community to reduce and prevent youth substance use and to live a safe and drug-free lifestyle. The LCCA is applying for DFC funding to increase community collaboration within Livingston County, as well as reduce 7th and 9th grade reported past 30-day use, increased perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of alcohol, prescription drugs, and youth marijuana use, between from September 30, 2017-September 29, 2022. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to increase community collaboration by: Providing support in the community, Enhance knowledge and skills, Provide information to the community and coalition partners, Change the consequences/incentives, Provide support for youth, and Enhance skills of youth. We will utilize the seven strategies to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day alcohol use, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval by: reducing access and enhancing barriers for parents, reducing access and enhancing barriers in the community, change consequences in the community, provide information to youth, and provide information to parents and community members. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day prescription drug abuse, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of use by: reducing access and enhancing barriers in the community, provide information to youth, provide support for youth, modifying and changing policies, and providing information to the community. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day marijuana use, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of use by: providing information to youth, enhancing skills of parents, provide information to parents and community members,change the physical design of the community, and change consequences in the community. With the assistance from an evaluator, we will track our changes and monitor our progress on each of our goals and will modify strategies and specific activities if necessary. The LCCA will remain culturally competent.
The ACTION (Active Coalition That Influences Outcomes in This Neighborhood) Drug Free Community Coalition serves youth and families in the City of Detroit's 48219 zip code, an urban community in Detroit MI with a population of 48,759. The goals of the ACTION Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth from abusing marijuana and alcohol. The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing strategies that provide information and protective factors,such as the “Because I Care” story telling campaign and Media Aware, KIDS TV where youth create drug prevention messaging. These strategies will provide support, reduce barriers and enhance skills needed to strengthen the coalition and reduce youth substance abuse. The ACTION Coalition's efforts have helped define the drug problem and build increased awareness of its root causes. ACTION now provides a common coalition table to discuss the issues, make specific recommendations and carry out an action plan. The diverse ACTION Coalition has created a 12 month action plan to tackle youth drug use in the community. The ACTION Coalition includes representation from all of the 12 required sectors. Sector representatives were selected due to their expertise, commitment to the community and willingness to identify needs and participate in ongoing planning and evaluation. CLASS (Changing Lives and Staying Sober) serves the ACTION Coalition's Fiscal Agent. CLASS is a 501(c)(3)with significant experience as a fiduciary agent. CLASS has Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) prevention accreditation, technical expertise in drug abuse prevention and long-standing, close relationships within the 48219 community.
The Love Detroit Prevention Coalition has a simple goal as part of our Drug Free Communities grant efforts – to reduce substance abuse amongst youth in our targeted zip codes. Our needs assessment data clearly indicate the top contenders for attention in our targeted zip codes are marijuana, alcohol and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Based on data from our coalition member substance abuse prevention efforts, it appears that marijuana and alcohol past 30 day use increases with youth ages 14 and 15. Therefore, our goal is to target middle and high school students 12 -20 years of age in our identified zip codes as well as freshman college students attending local community colleges and Wayne State University with our anti-alcohol messages. The concerns and problems our coalition see with marijuana include educating our youth and parents and helping them to understand that any use (including medicinal) of marijuana has serious consequences – including hurting their chances of employment. The youth in the communities we serve are bombarded by hundreds of signs and medical marijuana dispensaries as the walk to and from school and other places. Adjusting their attitudes to focus their attention on the dangers associated with its indiscriminate medical use and alerting them to how its use can impact their education, employment and ability to maintain employment is a serious undertaking. We plan to utilize the most effective champions who can articulate the issues and utilize social media and word of mouth to help move the needle on marijuana use prevention – our youth. We plan to train our youth to take the lead in their schools and in the community to effectively address the concerns and personally represent the issues to the city council, law enforcement, school administrators, parents, and peers. Additionally, our Coalition is working to increase the protective factors available to our youth and parents to help strengthen our families and communities so they can help us address alcohol, marijuana and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Training our members to provide Strengthening Families sessions and substance use screenings and referrals for youth will contribute to the protective factors to garner a substance free lifestyle. Increasing awareness and dangers of unused prescription medications requires us to provide information to our communities regarding the proper disposal of unused drugs. Through our partnerships with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the DEA and local law enforcement we hope to provide an avenue to advocate for placement of prescription drug take-back boxes in our local police precincts. Our Coalition still plans to keep the adults busy by continuing to work with our Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse key leader round table members to address this concern with our local hospitals, pharmacists, and medical schools. Our pharmacy work group has facilitated trainings and some even implemented procedures to address diversion and over-prescribing. They have asked for and received referral cards they can provide to their patients regarding substance use. The Great Lakes Water Authority is currently working with us to increase awareness of proper disposal of unused medication by placing information in the water bills. It is imperative that we build a strong youth led campaign to spread the word through the mediums they access, utilize and understand. We will continue to work with our Generation Rx pharmacy students to conduct peer to peer focus groups and peer education trainings in an innovative and creative way to help generate the momentum we need to keep our messages in the forefront among high school and college students. It is in these strategies that we hope to reduce and ultimately prevent youth use of alcohol, marijuana and non-medical prescription drugs use in zip codes 48203, 48205, and 48234.
StepUp! DFC Application Summary The StepUp! Coalition is applying for a FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Coalition serves the geographic area of the Lindbergh R-8 School District in Missouri, a community of 43,000 people. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies related to increasing awareness of the dangers related to underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug misuse. Specifically, local merchants will be provided resources to address alcohol sales to minors and awareness campaigns will be implemented during high risk time periods. The community will be provided with information on safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription medications and a marijuana education campaign will be implemented.
Madison Substance Awareness Coalition is dedicated to the purpose of reducing youth substance use, thus impacting all Madison County residents, through community assessment, environmental strategies, education, prevention and community outreach. MSAC is committed to strengthening capacity among our youth and community partners in order to properly address the local conditions in Madison County that increase the risks of substance use and promote the development of protective factors to reduce substance use. This project will focus on tobacco/nicotine use and prescription drugs. Today, our kids are using tobacco/nicotine because it’s easy to get and the attitudes and cultural norms are favorable. Parents smoke, coaches use dip, faculty use cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the presence of the students. Enforcement of the Tobacco Free School Policy is low. Retailers are selling to minors. There is not enough prevention messaging and health promotion to encourage our middle school and high school youth to do anything different than their family. Fast forward a few years, our kids will be using prescription drugs, because they are easy to access and attitudes are favorable. Adults are not locking up their mediations or properly disposing of them. They share their medications with friend and family. They don’t think prescription drugs are as serious as street drugs (Community Survey on Substance Use Madison County 2016). We are keenly aware of the role tobacco/nicotine play as a gateway to other youth substance use. We know that “when drugs are perceived as harmless, the probability of use increases. Research indicates that easy access, Availability, to drugs increases the probability of use” (Pride Survey 2016). The qualitative and quantitative data we’ve collected supports our selection of tobacco/nicotine and prescription drugs as our two substance areas. MSAC will focus on reducing youth tobacco/nicotine and prescription drug use and changing the perceptions associated with these substances. The demographic we will serve is middle and high school age students in Madison County (6th – 12th grade). The youth are predominately Caucasian, English speaking male and female students with 5% minority enrollment primarily Hispanic. 78% of our students quality for free/reduces lunches, thus experiencing economic hardships in their families. To achieve this, MSAC will engage 20 Madison youth to start a Teen Task Force and provide leadership development and youth empowerment opportunities to increase understanding of their community responsibility and effectiveness in impacting youth substance use. By following the Seven Strategies for Community Change, these students will become leaders among their peers. We will equip and empower middle and high school students in an effort to reach one of our more vulnerable populations, our youth. This innovative model will engage youth and assist adults in delivering substance prevention messaging within the schools, in the homes and across the community. Teen Task Force students will develop skills necessary to participate in MSAC committees and lead various community projects. Students will also help identify needs within the larger youth population. In order to reduce future youth substance use and move the needle on our priority issues, we must depend on a multi-generational approach. Madison County prides itself in taking care of its own. We see substance abuse as a community crisis and a community responsibility. We are ready to do our part to fix the problem!
The Healthy Cabarrus Substance Use Coalition (hereinafter referred to as the Coalition) serves all of Cabarrus County with targeted efforts in the larger municipalities of Concord and Kannapolis. Established in 2013, the Coalition represents an extensive array of sectors within the community. Served by a six-member Executive Committee and an Advisory Board of over 35 active community members, the Coalition is divided into four sector-specific work groups, one of which is comprised exclusively of youth. In order to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on substance use rates and community perceptions, the Coalition regularly utilizes three assessment instruments. These assessment efforts have demonstrated growing community concern over the prevalence of substance use, particularly among youth. According to the 2016 Cabarrus County Community Needs Assessment, community members identify substance use as the number one priority area needing to be addressed at this time. Survey data supports the concerns they have raised, demonstrating increasingly problematic usage rates for youth, specifically for that of alcohol and prescription drugs. The two most critical factors found to contribute to these increasing rates are youth's access to and favorable attitudes toward substance use. In response to our community's call to action, the Coalition has designed a 12-Month Action Plan utilizing the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change model that is supported by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The Coalition has identified two goals within its Action Plan: 1) to increase community collaboration, and 2) to reduce youth substance use. The Coalition aims to meet its first goal by expanding the number of training and community engagement opportunities for its members, as well as seeking additional partnerships that could enhance its capacity. The Coalition aims to meet its second goal through: education; reduction of access; enhancement of barriers; modification of consequences; enhancement of media messaging; modification of policies; and provision of support to youth and the community at large. The Action Plan's progress will be monitored and evaluated jointly by the Program Director, Project Coordinator, and an outside Evaluator on an ongoing and annual basis. This will ensure the Coalition's ability to respond to challenges, build on its successes, and utilize new opportunities as they present themselves. Coalition Leadership will also ensure ongoing evaluation through provision of formal and informal avenues of communication, emphasizing the importance of top-down and bottom-up communication among all community partners who are invested in the program's success.
YSUP! Rowan, a community coalition, will use DFC funding to support its efforts to prevent and reduce adolescent substance use. We will do this through the implementation of the 7 Strategies for Environmental Change model to reach Rowan County, North Carolina citizens at the individual, family and community levels. Our efforts will target young people, parents and caregivers, schools, law enforcement, healthcare providers and youth-serving agencies. YSUP! Rowan will use a collaborative approach to leverage our resources in order to make a significant difference in the life of our community.
Drug-Free Communities Support Program Application Community Overview Guilford County is located in the state of North Carolina. It is a 658 square mile area located in the north central part of the state. With a diverse population of 512,119 (US Census Bureau, 2014), Guilford County is the 3rd largest county in the state. Guilford County is comprised of two major urban areas, Greensboro and High Point. Greensboro with a population of 282,586 accounts for the majority of residents that live within the county (55%) followed by High Point with a population of 108,629 accounting for approximately 21% of the county’s residents. The county’s population consists of 58% Caucasian, 34% African-American, 8% Hispanic/Latino and 5% Asian. Guilford County experienced a 16% increase in its population between 2000 and 2010 with the largest population group occurring among the Hispanic/Latino community. Guilford County, once an industrial-based center, has been faced with difficult economic challenges over the last several years with the decline/closing of its major industries, textile, and furniture manufacturing. Individuals and families in Guilford County are still dealing with the impact of the economic recession. As of December 2015, 5.3% of residents are unemployed and 17.3% live below the poverty level with 25% of those younger than 18 years old living in poverty. It is interesting to note that since 1938, an additional county court has been located in High Point, making Guilford County one of only a handful of counties nationwide with a dual court system. Guilford County consists of 11 municipalities and 15 townships. In addition to the two major urban areas (Greensboro and High Point), the county includes the following suburban and rural communities: Browns Summit, Gibsonville, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, and Whitsett. Guilford County has one public school district that has 127 schools and serves over 72,000 students. The county also has 35 private schools and 8 charter schools. Noteworthy is the American Hebrew Academy which is the nation’s first and only pluralistic Jewish Boarding School. The higher education community consists of 8 major colleges and universities as well as several satellite campuses. There are 4 law enforcement agencies: High Point Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, Gibsonville Police Department and the county Sheriff’s Office. The county has several private and public health entities including but not limited to: Guilford County Department of Public Health, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Cone Health System, and High Point Regional Health System (UNC Healthcare). There are several “communities within the community”. Guilford County is a refugee resettlement area that hosts thousands of refugees from Asia, Africa and South and Central America. In addition, the county has one of three Urban Survivors Unions within the United States. Also known as “user unions”; this “union” of active users engages in grassroots harm reduction efforts. This reflects the community’s longstanding reputation as the heroin capital of the southeast (particularly High Point).
Project Abstract Summary The youth substance abuse problems Community in Crisis intends to address are prescription opioids and heroin. The explosion of heroin overdoses represents an urgent and deadly problem. We know the gateway to heroin addiction is often prescription pain medications. This epidemic has not been addressed in a comprehensive way, and there is mandate in the community to bring together resources to address the issue. One path to heroin use begins with experimentation with prescription painkillers. It begins in later high school (12th grade: 4% ever used), but attitudes of acceptance begin forming earlier, underscoring the importance of beginning opioid education at a much earlier age. Data shows 6th graders have a lower perception of risk than 12th graders. We will implement awareness and education programs in both middle schools and high schools to reach students, parents, school staff and coaches. We will recommend that schools begin teaching about opioid risks and general respect for medications in elementary school. We will also look to youth sports organizations and scouts to help deliver this message. We will educate parents about signs and symptoms and addiction as a disease to reduce the stigma and encourage early intervention. Heroin use is occurring as early as 8th grade. This suggests the beginnings of a shift where heroin experimentation is no longer outside the boundaries of acceptability. The low cost relative to prescription opioids and the easy access also explain this possible shift. The high risk of death underscores the need to prevent even one child from using. With the recent warnings from the DMI Report about the arrival in NJ of fentanyl and the deadly carfentanyl, 1000 times stronger than heroin, the risks are greatly heightened. Our prevention efforts will include powerful ways to deliver the message of the deadly risk of heroin experimentation beginning in middle school. We will address the ease of access to opioids by promoting and facilitating proper safeguarding and disposal procedures via public outreach and through community organizations, in collaboration with law enforcement. We will work to educate prescribers about the risks and new CDC guidelines and encouraging parents to be active participants in the decision. For those struggling with opioid substance use disorder, we will make sure there is easy access to information on resources, treatment options and Narcan via our website and printed materials. It is extremely difficult to reach post-high school youth with prevention efforts. It is therefore critical to get the message to teens while they are a captive, in-school audience and still under the direct supervision of parents. Our Action Plan will focus on both high school and middle school, with introduction to the opioid issue to younger children. Parents, coaches and prescribers will also be targeted with the prevention message.
The proposed project, ""The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program"", would enable the implementation of strategies to build and strengthen the capacity of the Madison Chatham Coalition (MCC), increase the understanding of the risks of underage drinking and marijuana use; reduce the ease of access to these substances; and increase the perception of parental disapproval of the use of these substances within the communities served by the Coalition, specifically in the age group of 12-17 year olds. It directly meets the DFC Support Program goal ""to prevent and reduce substance use and abuse among youth ages 12-17 in communities throughout the United States."" The communities served by the MCC have a high degree of community readiness and are eager to further develop their leadership capacity around the issue of underage drinking and use of marijuana. The proposed activities will serve three towns in Morris County, New Jersey (Madison Borough, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township). The total population is 35,759, including 9,800 young people under the age of 18. The goal of the proposed project is to reduce the use of alcohol and marijuana by youth ages 12-17 in the targeted communities. Six objectives are necessary to achieve this goal: Establish and strengthen community collaboration: 1. By September 29, 2018, increase Coalition membership by six youth members between the ages of 12-17 and three Coalition members as measured by signed Coalition Involvement Agreements. 2. By September 29, 2018, increase internal capacity by 3% in the number of members who report that they are knowledgeable and prepared to complete the MCC work as measured by the annual Coalition survey. Reduce youth substance use 3. By September 29, 2018, increase the perception of risk of marijuana use by 2% from the data reported in the MCC survey, December 2016. 4. By September 29, 2018, decrease perception of ease of access to marijuana by 2% in youth ages 12-17 from the data reported in the MCC survey, December 2016. 5. By September 29, 2018, increase student self reported perception of parental disapproval of drinking alcohol by 2% as measured by the MCC survey, December 2016. 6. By September 29, 2018, decrease student self perception of ease of access to alcohol by 2% as measured by the MCC survey, December 2016. Proposed activities include training and technical assistance for members to build community capacity about the Strategic Prevention Framework and underage drinking and marijuana research; social and traditional media awareness campaign regarding the consequences of underage drinking and marijuana use/vaping; implement campaigns such as the ""No One's House"" campaign to reduce the number of parents in the community who allow youth to drink in their homes; recruit youth to be a part of the Youth Subcommittee; participation in the planning and implementation of Task Force activities; ongoing monitoring of root causes and local conditions to most effectively address the identified problems; maintain relationships with Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, Partnership for Drug Free Kids, New Jersey Prevention Network, The Rutgers School of Addiction Studies and Epiphany Evaluation Services and establish and expand our media footprint on Facebook and community websites to increase education and awareness of health and legal liability risks of underage drinking and use of marijuana.
The Kearny Prevention Coalition, in partnership with the Town of Kearny (Legal Grantee) is requesting FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant funding in the amount of $625,000. The Coalition serves the Town of Kearny, New Jersey, a community of 40,684. The goals of the Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The Coalition will achieve these goals by: establishing and strengthening community collaboration; providing training for Coalition volunteer members and key stakeholders on cutting edge information pertaining to effective prevention strategies; improving the Town’s data-collection and analysis related-systems; establishing an information pipeline to the public, via the development of bilingual website and social media presence that will provide current information to the community on important youth substance use issues; creating opportunities for our youth to participate in drug-free alternative activities that reduce the risk of substance use; changing environmental (parks and recreational areas) physical designs to reduce the risk or youth substance use; modifying or changing formal written policies within the Town of Kearny, local businesses, and other important entities; and enhancing community access to prevention, early intervention and substance abuse-related services.
The Vida del Norte Coalition (VIDA) means “Life of the North.” VIDA is a response by key individuals in our rural area of northern New Mexico, to the longstanding and severe substance abuse. Alcohol use permeates every aspect of life; prescription drug abuse reflects the extreme abuse and overdose rates of our state (2nd in the nation until recently); we have lost our sense of safety due to drug-related robbery, burglary and physical attack; and drug dealing and drug gangs are often run by our neighbors and family members. VIDA was galvanized in 2014 after a Questa toddler suffered permanent brain damage from ingestion of his parent’s illicit buprenorphine tablet. The horrific effects on this child awakened the community. VIDA, which had been an emerging coalition, then strengthened the structure of our drug free coalition. VIDA’s mission is “to reduce and prevent substance abuse among Northern Taos County youth.” The village of Questa is the largest of nine villages and communities situated in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Rio Grande River valley, north of Taos, New Mexico extending to the Colorado border. Agriculture, services and tourism are the base of our economy. A mine that was the largest employer closed permanently 2½ years ago exacerbating the widespread poverty and unemployment here. In 2014, 31% of the population in Questa was determined to have poverty status, compared to 20.4% for the State and 15.4% nationwide. Four of five, 82.1%, residents are Hispanic, most of whom have hundreds of years of history and deep connections to the land and culture. The impact of substance abuse on our youth is extreme. Based on a needs assessment, survey data, and qualitative data, the coalition identified two priorities: underage drinking and improper prescription drug use. More than four in ten, 43.4%, Questa High School students reported 30-day drinking (2015 YRRS), compared to 33.0% in Taos County and 26.1% in the state of New Mexico. Questa high school students’ current use of “painkillers to get high” is slightly higher than the state at 9.0%. More than one in ten (12.3%) had used a prescription drug not prescribed to them. Middle school students misused prescription drugs at more than half the high school students’ rate. Among those committed to VIDA are the Questa mayor who is also a county commissioner, the superintendent of the Questa school district, Questa chief of police, the director of the primary care health center, a pastor, a recovery community leader, parents and youth. Our 12-Month Action Plan details specific strategies and actions we will implement in year one of DFC funding to achieve our two goals: increase community collaboration and decrease youth substance abuse, in particular, abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs. Because of the small population, interconnectedness of systems and families, dedication of VIDA members, and the ability to reach all areas of the community, we are confident that we can unite our community to implement environmental strategies that will achieve our goals. Our evaluation plan has three components: process evaluation, outcome/effectiveness evaluation, and impact evaluation. The plan was designed by an evaluator who has six years experience evaluating a DFC coalition. We have confidence in our ability to collect Core Measures Data, other quantitative and qualitative data, and to use these data to guide effective implementation of our Action Plan and make adjustments as needed.
Having worked together for the past five years to promote positive youth development, the Youth Empowerment and Health! (YEAH!) Community Coalition is aware that numerous risk factors and a lack of protective factors have adversely impacted our community. Issues such as rising socioeconomic challenges, geography and weather, have contributed negatively to the financial security and overall well-being of families living in the isolated communities comprising Lewis County, NY (population 26,957). The losses of industry and employment opportunities, and increasing school and property taxes have stretched families to their limits. Compounding matters, during the winter months, lake effect snowfall often closes schools leaving youth unsupervised at home or entire households snowbound for days. Such elements have contributed to excessive alcohol use and growing substance abuse and addiction among our population. Exposure to such dubious environments affects our children and youth. Accessing available local data, the coalition used the DFC Community Support Program application planning process to develop a responsive and comprehensive action plan. The group examined local conditions and available resources to identify priorities, objectives and corresponding strategies. The result is a design proposed to reduce access and enhance barriers to prevent youth alcohol and substance use, and ultimately, foster safe, healthy, and drug-free communities throughout Lewis County. Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc. and the YEAH! Community Coalition plan to serve 2,177 students in grades 6-12 and their families. The coalition will work to develop environmental strategies that incorporate measures to effect population-level change. Members and their community partners will focus on two goals to promote long-term positive outcomes: 1) increase community collaboration by strengthening and increasing coalition capacity for partnerships with local organizations; and 2) reduce youth substance use - alcohol and prescription drugs. Guided by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the YEAH! Coalition will seek to effect community-level change by partnering with leaders representing schools, local government, law enforcement, media, and others from among the required 12 community sectors. Coalition and community members will be trained in the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change, SPF, and the proposed DFC project goals and objectives. In summary, YEAH! Coalition members and local leaders will work to strengthen collaborative efforts and build capacity to create sustainable community-level change, and empower youth to make healthy lifestyle decisions.
The Akwesasne Coalition for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is a community based volunteer organization dedicated to fostering healthy youth, individuals, and families, by working together to promote and provide drug and alcohol-free events for community members. As a long enduring group since its original conception over 15 years ago on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, ACCE’s guiding principles are woven with Mohawk traditions and culture. The group operates as a committee of the whole with a deliberative decision-making process engaging all members with the collective community well-being as its principal goal. Youth substance use problems in our Community are attributed to many contributing factors including lack of monitoring; a shared perception of substances not being harmful; substance use being overall socially acceptable; peer related stress; ease of access; and prescription drugs being safer than illicit drugs, amongst other converging influences. ACCE’s Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has been developed with the overarching goal of focusing on the collective Community health and well-being in order to address community issues of youth substance abuse by increasing community collaboration and reducing youth substance use of alcohol and prescription drugs and opioids. The project will serve a population of 15,425 community members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Our DFC program will continue to expand and improve ACCE’s efforts to foster community level change by utilizing SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to address identified community needs and emphasize the involvement of community members from the planning stages through implementation of program activities. ACCE’s DFC program is fully supported by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The Tribe recently completed its strategic planning process which highlighted community feedback prioritizing the need to address underage drinking and prescription drug/opiate misuse among youth under the age of 18. The proposed DFC program aligns well with the Tribe's strategic priorities in addition to ACCE’s plans to partner and collaborate with other Community systems and organizations to ensure effective implementation of the program’s planned strategies and activities.
Northpointe Council’s prevention program has taken the lead in establishing the coalition, beginning efforts in 2010, and CHANT was officially launched in June 2014. The four substances that CHANT will be addressing in North Tonawanda are alcohol, tobacco (including e-cigarettes), marijuana, and prescription drugs. This selection was made based on data gathered from focus groups, key informant interviews, Town Hall Meetings, Community Forums, a community health survey, a follow-up to the community health survey, and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) survey data collected from 8th, 10th, and 12th graders attending North Tonawanda Middle and High Schools. Some of the issues the coalition proposes to address include community norms favoring use, availability of substances, perceived parental disapproval of use, lack of information regarding risk and harm of use, and enforcing policies. CHANT's Mission and Vision Statements are: Mission Statement: Our mission is to reduce substance use among youth by empowering our community as we monitor, assess, and contribute to the revitalization of a safe and healthy North Tonawanda. Vision Statement: Our vision is to work with youth to: Create Awareness Cultivate Prevention and Contribute to Community Wellness The goal for year one is to address these issues by incorporating several strategies for community level change into the action plan. This will be achieved by: providing information at various events (conducting Town Hall Meetings, programs for youth and adults, distributing brochures and information at health fairs, etc.), and enhancing skills (workshops for parents, responsible server trainings, model programs in the elementary schools). At the community level, this will be accomplished by reducing access/enhancing barriers (implementing alcohol compliance checks), changing consequences (mandatory responsible server training for those arrested for making sale) and modifying/changing policies (school/business tobacco policies, mandatory parent seminar at schools). The community survey that was conducted in North Tonawanda from June 2014-November 2014 showed that the highest areas of concerns for community members involve alcohol use, drug use, mental health issues and domestic violence. CHANT leadership and members have formed partnerships with many agencies in order to collaborate with this project, including Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, WNY Prevention Resource Center, National Guard, Mobile Safety Net, YWCA of the Tonawandas, North Tonawanda Youth Center, Native American Community Services, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, North Tonawanda Police Department and the North Tonawanda school district.
The Prevention Education for East Ramapo (PEER) Coalition will engage Rockland County students and families within the boundaries of the East Ramapo Central School District. This is a vibrant community that is economically, racially and culturally diverse. East Ramapo’s public school population breaks down into the following demographic categories: 47% Black/African American (of which approximately 30% are of Haitian descent); 41% Latino/Hispanic; 6% White; 6% Asian. ESL students make up 23%, and special education students account for 25% of the population. The East Ramapo Central School District serves a community of approximately 126,000 residents. Almost 18% of the community’s population lives below the poverty level. This poverty is reflected in the schools, where 10% of local children had neither parent in the work force, and 13% live in extreme poverty, with family incomes less than 50% of the federal poverty level. At some schools, almost three quarters of the students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch. The overall community has experienced substantial growth in the newly-immigrated, foreign-born population, and of non-English speakers. The PEER Coalition is well aware of the need for prevention strategies in the community, as evidenced by the PRIDE Survey and other youth substance abuse data collected by the Coalition. The data throughout this proposal will demonstrate that the PEER Coalition serves a community with great needs. PEER is concluding a two-year DFC mentoring process. We are confident that we now have the proper training and technical assistance for the PEER Coalition to become a powerful change agent in our community, improving the health and wellbeing of youth in East Ramapo. We have become trusted in the community and respected for our inclusive approach in a community where many feel shut out. The coalition has identified alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use as the priority substances to be addressed in this project. PEER has planned activities in the 12-month Action Plan to address each of the targeted substances utilizing the seven strategies for community change. Given the youth-perceived easy access to alcohol, PEER plans to education retailers about the dangers of youth alcohol use. PEER will develop packets of information for retailers that encourages employees to verify IDs when customers make alcohol purchases, and will work with local law enforcement to conduct compliance checks on local retailers to ensure they are properly enforcing these policies. Additionally, PEER has planned community awareness campaigns including “Parents Who Host Lost the Most” and “Sticker Shock.” To combat youth marijuana use, PEER plans to increase community awareness with Red Ribbon Week activities. Since heroin use frequently follows prescription drug abuse, PEER plans to institute a regular Prescription Drug Take Back event, in order to keep dangerous substances out of the hands of our children. We also plan to continue and intensify our extensive coordination and collaboration with law enforcement efforts to combat the ongoing local heroin epidemic. To increase the youth perception of risk or harm of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs, PEER plans educational events in the local schools to increase student awareness of these issues.
The Community Action Commission of Fayette County (CACFC) submits this application for the Drug Free Communities Support Program on the behalf of the Faith in Recovery's Prevention Coalition (PC). The PC proposes to serve rural, Fayette County, Ohio. Fayette County is a small community comprised of around 28,679 individuals. The Faith in Recovery Coalition was formed in Spring 2014 and identified the need to expand their focus in June 2016 to include prevention efforts targeted at local youth. A Planner was hired through an opportunity through the Department of Job and Family Services Healthier Buckeye Program in August 2016 to complete a community needs assessment using the Strategic Prevention Framework. The needs assessment uncovered that many community members, while concerned about the growing heroin epidemic, did not understand the progression of addiction and how early onset of use contributed to this public health crisis. In a survey of 6,8, and 10th graders in the local school districts, serving over 4,600 youth, found the combined use of all grades of substances as follows: alcohol 12%, tobacco 5%, marijuana 5%, and prescription drugs 3%. The greatest percentage of alcohol use was found within the county school district, Miami Trace, at 26%. The greatest amount of marijuana use was found at the city schools, topping out at 13%. In terms of perceived risk/harm of use, marijuana had the greatest number of individuals, 15%, sharing they thought that marijuana was of no risk. Marijuana was also perceived to be the perceived to be of no risk/harm by parents and peers, at the rates of 4% and 12%, respectively. Given these numbers and feedback from focus groups with youth, law enforcement, the school districts, and the community, the coalition determined the need to target alcohol use and perceived risk/harm of marijuana use. To combat these issues the coalition identified the following goals for the project: 1-Increasing Community Collaboration: Attract new members to participate in the coalition, participate on subcommittees, or volunteer to work towards our community’s goal of keeping our youth drug free. The coalition will attract 20 new members or volunteers by 9/29/18. 2-Reducing Youth Substance Use: Reduce youth (6th, 8th, and 10th graders) alcohol use by 5%, as evidenced by the Core Measures Survey, by 9/29/2018. 3-Increase youth (6th, 8th, and 10th graders) perception of the risk of harm of marijuana use by 5%, as evidenced by the Core Measure’s Survey by 9/29/18. To accomplish these goals, the coalition will have three part time staff and members of the youth and adult coalitions implement the following activities: Publicize the coalition's work and recruit new members and volunteers through Facebook, its web-page, and the local radio, television, and newspaper; Enhancing the skills of the coalition through partner provided training, training through the Drug Free Action Alliance, and Youth-to-Youth International; Recognizing youth, coalition members, volunteers, and business supporting the coalition's efforts on social and traditional media outlets; Conducting public awareness prevention campaigns, attending community events and meetings to spread the prevention message; Providing Too Good for Drugs and Life Skills for grades 1-8 in both of the local school districts; Implementing PAX Good Behavior Games incrementally at the local Head Start program and in the elementary schools. One Coordinator will serve as the teacher mentor for the county; Having a prom and graduation pledge campaign and the ""Blunt Truth"" campaign; Supporting youth-led peer to peer prevention projects, training them, and having one Coordinator per school district serving as staff support to those efforts; Conducting a Reward and Reminder Campaign, advocate for businesses to hide paraphernalia, researching teen party and social host ordinances for feasibility, and many other strategies.
The Coalition For Health Promotion project will implement environmental prevention strategies in order to (1) reduce youth substance use, and (2) establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, community agencies, systems of care, educational institutions, and existing community coalitions as a means of reducing substance use among youth. The focus community is Youngstown, Ohio, which is located in the northeastern part of the State in Mahoning County. Youngstown is the largest urban area in Mahoning County. Specific census tracts targeted are 8019, 8020, 8021, 8022, and 8023, which are located on the South Side of town, encompassing portions of zip codes 44502, 44507, and 44511. Boundaries for this area are Market Street at Woodland Avenue to Indianola Avenue to Glenwood Avenue and back down to Woodland. Multiple risk factors exist within this community which increase the probability of youth substance uses and the manifestation of the six problem adolescent behaviors, such as extreme economic deprivation, low community attachment and community disorganization, family conflict, academic failure, availability of alcohol, and transitions and mobility, along with limited protective factors. The Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change are the methodological processes that will be utilized and are embedded in all program strategies and evaluation processes. The project will specifically focus on utilizing strategies contained in the 12 Month Action Plan to reduce alcohol and marijuana use among youth. Specific interventions utilized seek to change community norms, reduce access to substances, utilize and target the media, and engage in changing public policy. Enhancing the capability of the existing substance use prevention system to provide innovative service, and facilitating coordination of services among those who work closely with youth (prevention agencies, schools, community based agencies, faith based community, etc.) will be key a key component of programming. Strengthening families will also be targeted through strategies contained in the 12 Month Action Plan. Additionally, the project will implement environmental prevention strategies which will facilitate multi agency and systems collaboration, with the intent of enhancing the local substance use prevention system, the efforts of other local coalitions, community based organizations, educational institutions, and social service agencies, so that collectively we can utilize our professional expertise and resources to reduce youth substance use, improve system collaboration, and facilitate sustainability. The impact of this should be a healthier, safer community where youth thrive and do not succumb to substance abuse and other behavioral health disorders.
The Cincinnati for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Efforts) Coalition, the applicant coalition