Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs Throughout the United States - Part Two


Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs Throughout the United States - Part Two

Last week we talked about state prevention programs that are put into place focusing on prevention services that help educate their citizen about the dangers associated with substance misuse and abuse. Every state has their own prevention and Intervention programs set in place in order to provide facts, education and help for their citizens to prevent substance misuse and abuse and help those in need of treatment.


We all need to remember that prevention has to take place in our homes as well, setting good examples and having open communication with our children at an early age about the dangers associated with substance use is critical. It's just as important that adults in need of treatment get help for their dependency of alcohol, prescription drugs, and other drug use.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs Throughtout the United States - Part One

Colorado

CPPS is Colorado's Prevention Partnership for Success. There are four states that were awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partner for Success and Colorado is one of them. CPPS is designed to help reduce substance abuse rates statewide, this is done by addressing gaps in current prevention services and by increasing the ability to be able to reach out to specific populations or geographic areas that have serious substance abuse problems that are developing.

LEAF is Colorado's Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, state funds that are financed from DUI offenses are used for community substance abuse prevention programs and projects. Colorado's Division for Behavioral Health Prevention allocates money toward establishing a statewide program for the prevention of drinking then driving, training teachers, health professionals, and law enforcement in the dangers of driving after drinking. Preparing and distributing educational materials that deals with the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving behavior, and preparing disseminating education curriculum materials for use at all levels of school.

Connecticut

CPN is Connecticut's Prevention Network, and is a network of the state's 14 community partnership RACs who provides the community with education, training and advocacy for substance abuse prevention.

RAC is a Regional Action Council that was created in 1989 to help their local communities struggling with substance use fight the 'War on Drugs'. Their 14 Regional Action Councils bring key constituency groups together to reduce substance abuse, provide training, education and prevention programming to their respective communities. RACs are led by local educators, parents, law enforcement officials, clergy, government leaders and youth. The organizations are responsive, focused, and tailored to meet community's specific needs.

Programs and services offered by RAC includes; Awareness, Education and Prevention, Community Mobilization, Legislative Advocacy, Media Advocacy, Program Development, Project Collaboration, Public Policy Development, Research & Evaluation, Solutions to Reduce Addictions, Surveys, Needs Assessments, Data Collection Training, Technical Assistance, and Best Practices-Science based Trainings.

Delaware

DSAMH is Delaware's Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health single state agency (SSA). SSA, DSAMH is responsible for following the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for prevention and treatment in the State of Delaware including coordination of state and federal funding and development of standards for the certification and approval of prevention and treatment programs.

DSAMH is funded through SAMHSA which is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Funding is provided for DSAMH to implement substance abuse prevention, treatment and mental health services in Delaware. DSAMH services include Crisis Intervention, Court Programs, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Prevention and Problem Gambling.

Florida

SARC is a Substance Abuse Response Center, Florida's Substance Abuse Program's Prevention Team uses SARC to help communities change conditions that underlie illegal, illicit and problem alcohol and other drug use patterns in the State of Florida. SARC helps the prevention team to gather and disseminate information, build community and state capacity through collaboration and manage resources.

SEW is Florida's State Epidemiology Workgroup, they meet on a semi-annual basis and discuss epidemiologic data that's related to substance use and abuse and consequences. SEW gathers information for prevention providers, coalitions and stakeholders and they use the data to design and monitor their programs.

Georgia

DFCC is Georgia's Drug-Free Community Coalitions and this act is a catalyst for increased participation by their citizens in effort to reduce substance use among youth. DFCC also provides community anti-drug coalitions with funds that are greatly needed to carry out their important missions.

Drugs Don't Work in Georgia is a program that's intended to help employers become certified drug free workplaces by establishing employee assistance programs and drug free workplace policies.

MSA is Georgia's Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Project which focuses on preventing negative consequences of a maternal substance use through a variety of services.

UAD is an Underage Drinking Prevention Education Campaign in Georgia that educates young people and caring adults about the risks associated with underage drinking. Underage drinking is a complex issue in Georgia.

Hawaii

ADAD is Hawaii's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, which is the main source of public funds for substance abuse treatment. ADAD provides leadership that's necessary for the development and delivery of quality substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services for residents of the State of Hawaii.

TPEP is Hawaii's State Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program. The purpose of TPEP is to reduce tobacco consumption through a comprehensive multi strategy approach that reflects prevention and education approaches, to reduce or eliminate the burden of disease and disability caused by the use of tobacco.

The Department of Health's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division in Hawaii has funded many substance abuse prevention programs designed to help individuals at risk, and much more.

Idaho

DrugFree Idaho is the only non-profit organization in Idaho that works to create a drug free culture in the workplace, schools and communities. They focus on preventing substance abuse, enriching families, and positively impacting their community. Their focus is to create a community wide culture that's free of drug and alcohol abuse. They believe this can be achieved through events that involve the whole community. DrugFree Idaho provides many opportunities for the community to get involved in drug and alcohol abuse awareness. They even offer a number of classes that focus on developing and supporting a drug free culture.

An example of activities DrugFree Idaho puts on for their community is FAN FEST May 6th 2011 which is an evening of fun, substance abuse prevention, education and safety awareness at their Memorial Stadium which is a totally free event.

DrugFree Idaho has Gold Standard Drug Free Workplace Programs that help organizations develop drug free workplaces.

Illinois

Prevention First is a non-profit organization that's devoted to preventing teen drug use before it starts. Their mission is to provide statewide leadership promoting healthy drug free communities. The headquarters are in Springfield Illinois and they have a branch office in Chicago. Prevention First is able to reach parents, educators, youths and others with their specialized services which aren't available anywhere else in Illinois. Their programs and services include a drug prevention library in Chicago, a Clearinghouse with free materials in Springfield that offers brochures, posters, and handouts. Prevention First has a Student Assistance Center that works with schools to support Student Assistance Programs and SADD which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This prevention organization also offers education and public awareness to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

SAPP is Illinois Substance Abuse Prevention Program that has over 120 agencies throughout Illinois that receive funds to deliver substance prevention services. They work with coalitions and communities to create strategic plans for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. There are other services provided depending on the area's needs.

Indiana

IPRC is Indiana's Prevention Resource Center that's been in existence since 1987 assisting Indiana based alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention practitioners improve the quality of their services. Their mission is to strengthen a behavioral health system promoting prevention, treatment and recovery.

SPF is Indiana's Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SIG). This funding is used to increase the prevention infrastructure and to decrease substance use and abuse and the consequences associated with using and abusing substances. SPF isn't a program, it works together with CTC helping their communities become organized, identify problem areas that are based on community data, they make knowledgeable decisions as far as how problems should be addressed, and evaluate actions that are to be taken to counter the problem areas.

R.O.C.K. is a wonderful after school supervised program for youth's 10 to 14 years of age. This unique program was started in 1997 known as Afternoons R.O.C.K. in Indiana helping their youth make good choices during the after school hours. R.O.C.K. represents:

  1. Recreation
  2. Object Lessons
  3. Culture and Values
  4. Knowledge

This is done through supportive prevention activities that are designed to teach their youth about social and media influences, conflict resolution and refusal-resistance skills, gang and violence prevention, and structuring of leisure time to be free of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

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