Cass County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
A Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among community groups or sectors. Each group retains its identity and agrees to work together toward a common goal.
The Cass County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will focus on two substances Alcohol and Tobacco with DFC funds. From assessing local Indiana Youth Survey data, there is a big issue with Cass County youth using alcohol and tobacco products. The county’s youth does not see these as harmful, they think using has no consequences. The coalition needs to educate on how harmful these substances are to them. The coalition also must educate our community of these findings and together we must find a way to prevent our youth from ever using these substances.
The purpose of the coalition and DFC funding is to address two major goals:
1) establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions and
2) reduce substance use among youth, and over time, among adults.
The program is funded by ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Prevention) and partners with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for day-to day management. Coalitions are responsible for achieving primary goals of the program, with CDC monitoring for success while providing technical assistance, consultation, and coordinating with the coalition on the execution of the project during the funding period.
Representatives from 12 sectors organize and meet to address local youth substance use. Together, as a coalition, they are driven by local conditions to implement local solutions that will build a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.
The 12 sectors are:
religious or fraternal organizations
civic or volunteer groups
healthcare professional or organizations
state, local, and tribal government agencies
and other local organizations involved in reducing substance use
Coalitions’ activities are guided by the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change These frameworks acknowledge that environmental contexts impact the risk of youth substance use. By understanding environmental contexts, coalitions can better address risk factors for youth substance use and ensure their communities are places where youth can thrive.
Ultimately, these strategic frameworks help coalitions limit access to substances, change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made, and shift the consequences associated with substance use.
Youth Services Alliance is the fiscal agent for the Cass County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. This Coalition meets quarterly at various locations in Cass County. The coalition includes people from the 12 sectors of the community including, youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, other civic/volunteer groups, healthcare, state, local, or tribal government agencies, and other organizations that work at reducing substance abuse. Lets work together to prevent drug use!
The DFC grant is awarded by The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President. The mission of ONDCP is to reduce substance use disorder and its consequences by coordinating the nation’s drug control policy through the development and oversight of the National Drug Control Strategy and Budget.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) represents over 5,000 community coalitions that involve individuals from key sectors including schools, law enforcement, youth, parents, healthcare, media and others. They have members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 30 countries around the world. The CADCA coalition model emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community efforts.