If we all work together and keep substance use and misuse a top priority, we can change the statistics associated with substance abuse, overdose and drug and alcohol related deaths. An enormous amount of money is spent every year throughout the United States associated with the effects and consequences of addiction.
We need to educate our children at a young age letting them know just how dangerous and serious substance abuse is, focus on the importance of setting good examples by parents, caregivers and other adults, and finding treatment for people suffering from addiction now. Judging others, blaming others and irresponsibility where substance use and abuse is concerned has to stop. Yesterday is over, let's focus on today for a better tomorrow.
DMH is Mississippi's Department of Mental Health and they manage the public system of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services in Mississippi through their Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. They're responsible for establishing, maintaining, monitoring and evaluating a statewide system of alcohol and drug abuse services. Services include prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
CMHC is the regional Community Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, they provide a variety of outpatient and community based residential alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. They provide:
- Prevention Services
- Employee assistance programs
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Outreach-aftercare services
- Primary residential services which includes detoxification services
- Transitional residential services
- Vocational Counseling
- Emergency services which includes a 24 hour hotline
ADA is Missouri's Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and was developed in 1975. ADA is part of the Department of Mental Health and their responsibilities include ensuring that quality alcohol and drug abuse prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation services are accessible. Their primary focus is on children that haven't started using drugs or alcohol yet and all other segments of the population that are at potential risk for the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
RSC is Missouri's Regional Support Center; they are the primary source of technical assistance support for the community. Their goal is to facilitate development of teams that are capable of making changes in substance use patterns in their community. Each RSC has a prevention specialist that works directly with the teams in his or her area; they assist with the development of teams and task forces in any community that has a desire to develop one.
Direct Prevention Providers in Missouri: Their direct programs and services are prevention education and early intervention activities that are provided to designated children, youth and families. Prevention Providers include:
- Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
- Burrell Center
- Discovering Options
- First Call Alcohol-Drug Prevention & Recovery
- Friends with a Better Plan
- Lincoln University LUYD
- Midwest L.E.A.D.
- Missouri Alliance of Boys and Girls Club
- DARE Missouri Police Chief's Charitable Foundation
- Partners in Prevention PIP
- Prevention Consultants
- Swope Health Services
Montana utilizes the RADAR Network. This program is sponsored by SAMHSA's NCADI which is the largest substance abuse prevention and treatment network of its kind. RADAR Network provides an organized way for states to connect with one another and with national agencies such as; CSAP which is the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, NASADAD which is the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, and NPN which is the National Prevention Network. This network consists of State clearinghouses, prevention resource centers, and national, international, and local organizations supporting substance abuse activities.
VISTA Project is a Prevention Resource Center that connects communities in Montana, the Interagency Coordinating Council for State Prevention Programs, and VISTA which is Americorps Volunteers in Service to America throughout the state of Montana.
ICC is Montana's Interagency Coordinating Council which was established in 1993. Their mission is to create and sustain a coordinated comprehensive system of prevention services in the State of Montana. ICC established 5 youth based goals which guide their Prevention Resource Center work.
RPSC is Nebraska's Regional Prevention System Coordination which is funded by their Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services. RPSC is responsible for the coordination of activities in support of a unified prevention system across Nebraska.
CHPM is Nebraska's Office of Community Health and Performance Management. They manage the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant that funds 16 community substance abuse prevention coalitions.
SAPTA is Nevada's Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency and their mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse in Nevada. They're responsible for State wide formulation and implementation of a state plan for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance abuse.
NPRC is Nevada's Prevention Resource Center; NPRC is the State Center for the Nevada Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource Network. NPRC consists of a clearinghouse of free print and electronic materials that are available in bulk as well as a library collection which circulates videos, books, kits, and more.
BDAS is New Hampshire's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and their goal is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse in all age groups. This includes underage drinking and the misuse and abuse of alcohol and or other drugs. Their goal also includes reducing the burden of substance abuse and related consequences for communities.
New Hampshire's Clearinghouse and Lending Library houses a large inventory of informational resources on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, such as brochures, fact sheets, teaching and audio-visual tools. Their resources cover a wide variety of subjects on prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery.
NJPN is New Jersey's Prevention Network and they subcontract with their member agencies to provide a resource center in each of the 21 counties in Nebraska. NJPN makes sure that their member agencies have high quality standards as part of a connected system of professional services for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and other related issues.
OSAP is New Mexico's Office of Substance Abuse Prevention; they establish an integrated and comprehensive substance abuse prevention service delivery system through the promotion of sound policy, effective practice and cooperative partnerships to ensure the availability of quality prevention.
TCA is a Total Community Approach which is a partnership between the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative and local communities most affected by substance abuse.
ValueOptions New Mexico and the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention effectively prevent methamphetamine use in 2 New Mexico sites with local community agencies that are already part of New Mexico's VO-OSAP provider network.
OASAS leads New York State's efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug problems. Their efforts entail the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, resources and services in the areas of prevention.
NYS is New York's College Prevention Program which was created by OASAS in the late 1980's. NYS is a regional college consortia framework across New York State.
NCPP is North Carolina's Prevention Partners, they are a statewide nonprofit and leader in reducing preventable illness and early death caused by tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.