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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kane Community Coalition is applying for the DFC under the direction of Kane County. The Kane Community Consolations goal is establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. The KCC's other goal is to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. the coalition will accomplish this by limiting access, changing culture and context, shift the consequences associated with youth substance use.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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