SP-17-001 Individual Grant Awards

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.

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SP080015-01 CENTRAL MARIN POLICE AUTHORITY LARKSPUR CA MCVEIGH JENNA $125,000

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.

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SP080055-01 SAINT REGIS MOHAWK TRIBE HOGANSBURG NY THOMPSON CONNIE $125,000

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.

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SP080095-01 TANNER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PHOENIX AZ GRIZZARD LOREN $125,000

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) 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.

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SP080137-01 NAUGATUCK YOUTH SERVICES, INC. NAUGATUCK CT MABROUK KRISTIN $125,000

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.

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SP080016-01 CABARRUS HEALTH ALLIANCE KANNAPOLIS NC BEAM MARCELLA $125,000

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.

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SP080056-01 ROUNDTABLE OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY, INC. PORT SAINT LUCIE FL MAYNARD SHANIEK $125,000

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.

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SP080097-01 COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS, INC. SHREVEPORT LA WALTEMATE JILL $125,000

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.

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SP080140-01 YOUNGSTOWN URBAN MINORITY ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE OUTREACH PROGRAM, INC. YOUNGSTOWN OH ALEXANDER DARRYL $125,000

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.

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SP080018-01 TOWN OF COHASSET COHASSET MA MURPHY CHRISTINE $125,000

Chambersburg Cares will be continue bringing together key area stakeholders to address substance use and abuse issues among youth. Chambersburg Cares will use results of their recent Data Assessment and Resource Assessment to strategically plan and offer a variety of environmental strategies aimed at altering attitudes towards substance use among both parents and youth. The primary substances targeted will be alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Chambersburg Cares will offer parent education nights at schools and supplement the work of the coalition members by providing support and guidance on youth activities. Chambersburg Cares will continue working with its Youth Advisory Board, formed by students at the two Chambersburg high schools, to address access and youth and parental attitudes and norms surrounding substance use by youth. Chambersburg Cares will utilize public education campaigns to education area residents on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and the availability of tobacco to minors.

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SP080058-01 HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP OF GREATER FRANKLIN COUNTY CHAMBERSBURG PA UNGER CHRISTY $125,000

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.

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SP080098-01 LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS LONGMEADOW MA WARREN SHELLY $125,000

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.

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SP080144-01 YOUTH4YOUTH GLENDALE AZ TRACEY LARRY $125,000

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