Community Coalitions

IMPACT MOHAVE COUNTY

Description: IMPACT (In Mohave Prevention Action Collaboration Team) is using a county-wide approach to increase access to effective, evidence-based substance use prevention services across the critically high-need, rural tri-city area of Mohave County, Arizona.  It is working with current community substance abuse coalitions: in Lake Havasu City YADAH (Young Adult Development Association of Havasu), in Kingman the Meth Coalition and MSTEPP (Mohave Substance Abuse Treatment and Education Prevention Partnership), and in Bullhead City MAPPED (Mohave Area Partnership Promoting Educated Decisions).  Working together these coalitions will strengthen the prevention capacity and infrastructure across the tri-city Mohave County, Arizona communities to identify and address underage drinking, illegal marijuana and illicit opioid use/abuse in both the community and school settings and prevent the onset and reduce the progression across the tri-city Mohave County communities of underage drinking, illegal marijuana and opioid use/abuse and their related problems through coordinated community-led, evidence-based prevention work.

Outcomes: Over 400 Community Needs and readiness surveys were completed providing local asset mapping in each community and allowing the coalition to address the specific needs of their communities and create specific Strategic Plans for their communities.  Strategic Planning Meetings have been held in each of the three major cities as well as meeting with members from each city to plan a county wide approach.  Facilitators have been trained in the evidence-based program Too Good for Drugs/Violence K-12 curriculum and have begun classes in Kingman.  Facilitators have also been trained in evidence based and informed curriculums PACT 360 and Mind Matters along with ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and have begun community trainings utilizing a trauma informed approach. 

Story: The 2nd Annual Hobbies Not Habits event was held in Lake Havasu City with over 500 community members in attendance where programs were provided regarding pro-social activities that are available in the Lake Havasu area as healthy alternatives to underage drinking and drug use.

Curriculum info: Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) incorporates critical components of effective evidence-based youth programs designed for high-risk youth, incorporating real-world challenges. Participants gain practical guidance for understanding conflict, underage drinking, substance abuse and learn how to enhance their skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy and conflict resolution.

Mind Matters (MM) teaches participants how to respond to negative experiences, gaining skills to take charge of their emotions, improve their states of mind, and improve their physical, relational, and mental health needs. This is important for youth who are/were in the foster system as these youth have high ACE scores and higher levels of trauma.

PACT360’s, evidence-informed, sub-curricula Marijuana 360, Alcohol 360,  and Parent360RX are one-hour community education programs providing parents with information about alcohol/drug dangers, insights about why youth use substances, strategies for dialoguing about the dangers of underage drinking/substance abuse, and action steps if they suspect/know their youth is using.

GILA PFS

Description: This project utilizes a three pronged approach to address marijuana, underage drinking, tobacco and ENDS (electronic nicotine deliver systems)  and opioids that includes the evidenced based program Too Good for Drugs/Violence K-12, Mind Matters curriculum, Family Engagement Sessions using PACT 360 and the Keep Them Safe Drug planning Guide, and community trainings on prevention approaches in collaboration with the Copper Basin Coalition.    Other collaborations with the Copper Basin Coalition will include hosting Trauma-Informed Care Trainings as well as facilitate Kids at Hope trainings, ACEs trainings, and other youth substance abuse trainings to the community to increase knowledge of the prevention workers in the county. The coalition will also serve as ensuring the community is equipped with supplies and materials to safely store medication and educate the youth on the importance of being drug free as well as provide training to members through the Prevention Technology Training Centers, a technical assistance provider to SAMHSA, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

This program works with a target population of youth that have been involved in the Foster Care system or are in danger of entering into foster care. 

Outcomes: Facilitators have been trained in Too Good for Drugs/Violence K-12, Mind Matters, ACEs, Kids and Hope and other prevention programs.  RX360 has been offered to the community along with ACEs to over 100 community members.

Story: Facilitators have worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and has been able to offer trauma informed trainings such as RX360 and ACEs to their advocates increasing their knowledge of how trauma affects youth as they work with youth that have been removed from their families.

Curriculum info: Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) incorporates critical components of effective evidence-based youth programs designed for high-risk youth, incorporating real-world challenges. Participants gain practical guidance for understanding conflict, underage drinking, substance abuse and learn how to enhance their skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy and conflict resolution.

Mind Matters (MM) teaches participants how to respond to negative experiences, gaining skills to take charge of their emotions, improve their states of mind, and improve their physical, relational, and mental health needs. This is important for youth who are/were in the foster system as these youth have high ACE scores and higher levels of trauma.

PACT360’s, evidence-informed, sub-curricula Marijuana 360, Alcohol 360,  and Parent360RX are one-hour community education programs providing parents with information about alcohol/drug dangers, insights about why youth use substances, strategies for dialoguing about the dangers of underage drinking/substance abuse, and action steps if they suspect/know their youth is using

SAPE/SOR- AJO

Description: The Ajo Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE) Coalition links diverse community organizations and individuals to provide a more focused approach to substance abuse education and prevention for youth, families, and community. This work is funded by grants from Arizona Complete Health and our newest program, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities, funded by a State Opioid Response grant from the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Families.

The State Opioid Response also provides for the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) for parents with youth from 3-12 years of age.  Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing.

Outcomes:

  • The SAPE Coalition has 14 members who represent the school, law enforcement, healthcare, media, youth-serving, parent, local government, faith, youth and community at-large sectors.
    • All surveyed coalition members agreed that participation in the coalition enhanced their ability to have a greater impact than they could have had on their own
  • 36 Middle School youth participated in the Too Good For Drugs curriculum.
    • There was a 6.0% increase in those agreeing that they were confident they could use their peer refusal strategies to avoid pressure to use substances.
    • There was a 7.2% increase in perception of “great risk” with taking 1-2 drinks from pre-test to post-test.
    • There was a 10.5% increase in those agreeing they could be a group leader.
  • Quarterly survey respondents reporting the following:
    • 66.9% reported seeing or hearing messages about the harmful effects of alcohol usage by youth.
    • Of those seeing/hearing messaging, 27% reported changing their behavior by bringing the subject up more as a result of the messaging.
    • 80.4% of respondents reported moderate to great risk with the daily use of marijuana by youth and 77.4% reported moderate to great risk of using prescription drugs without a doctor telling them to take them.
  • Take Back Event in partnership with Pima County Sheriff’s Department collected 6 lbs of prescription medication.
  • Entire campus of 500+ youth K-12 participated in education workshops on campus addressing topics including:
    • Root Causes of Addiction
    • Vaping
    • Underage Drinking

Story: Community members have expressed gratitude that substance abuse prevention efforts are continuing in Ajo. Feedback from the students involved in the workshops gave evidence that this information is not only important to the youth, but not always readily available in the community. All the partnering organizations involved in the Bike Mazes organized by the Coalition and the Ajo Bike Club expressed how happy they were to participate and how important is to expose the Ajo youth to substance use information in an engaging way.  Engagement of 1,500+ people monthly to the Coalition and Agency social media is evidence of the need for information on healthy choices.

Curriculum info: Menedez Foundation’s Too Good For Drugs

Triple P America’s Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Copper Corridor Substance Abuse Coalition

Description: The Copper Corridor Coalition was founded in 2007 and consists of 9 very small towns along Hwy 77 and 177 known as the Copper Corridor.  The mission of the Copper Corridor Coalition is to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol misuse through program development, prevention through education, advocacy and services, providing youth-oriented activities so that healthy attitudes towards substance use are formed.  The vision of the Copper Corridor is: Committed to providing education and developing resources to address alcohol awareness and prevent drug abuse in the Copper Corridor while embracing and nurturing the many cultures of the area.  This coalition is funded by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant to prevent youth substance use.

Outcomes: The Coalition has begun a Youth Coalition and has provided several community-based trainings on RX360, ACZEs, Underage Drinking, and Marijuana use.  The Coalition has provided Rx safes and disposal bags to community members as well as promoting the use of the Rx Drop Off locations in the Copper Corridor.  

Story: Over the past year, Copper Corridor has partnered with over 20 different community organizations and affiliations. The partnerships throughout the community propelled the coalition to new opportunities including:

In November 2019, Copper Corridor did an “ Underage Drinking Talk” to 6th -12th graders given by Office Dan Webb from Arizona Liquor Department

January 2020 Copper Corridor did another “ Underage Drinking Talk” to Kearny 9th – 12th graders given by office Dan Webb from Arizona Liquor Department.

On February 20th, 2020 The Copper Corridor Coalition Coordinator Darien Mathew and Steve Constante gave a RX 360 presentation for Superior Senior Arboretum apartments. After the presentation a lady came up to Darien Mathew and told him that she had an addiction to RX Drug. She decided to get help because she didn’t want her grandchild to have the same problem that she did.

On March 12th, Copper Corridor Coalition Coordinator Darien Mathews gave an RX 360 Presentation and the Superior Senior Center, during the presentation a lady raised her hand and told her story how she lost her daughter to RX overdose. She said that the coalition is doing great work by having these presentation and how important it is to pay attention to the signs.

Curriculum info: Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) incorporates critical components of effective evidence-based youth programs designed for high-risk youth, incorporating real-world challenges. Participants gain practical guidance for understanding conflict, underage drinking, substance abuse and learn how to enhance their skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy and conflict resolution.

Mind Matters (MM) teaches participants how to respond to negative experiences, gaining skills to take charge of their emotions, improve their states of mind, and improve their physical, relational, and mental health needs. This is important for youth who are/were in the foster system as these youth have high ACE scores and higher levels of trauma.

PACT360’s, evidence-informed, sub-curricula Marijuana 360, Alcohol 360,  and Parent360RX are one-hour community education programs providing parents with information about alcohol/drug dangers, insights about why youth use substances, strategies for dialoguing about the dangers of underage drinking/substance abuse, and action steps if they suspect/know their youth is using.

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