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Northland Community Coalitions Receive Prevention Program Grants

Several Northland area community coalitions have been awarded mini-grants of $5,000 each from the Dept. of Mental Health, Div. of Behavioral Health.

The funding is administered by ACT Missouri, a private, not-for-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance for substance use prevention.

The organization reports that research indicates coalitions are most successful at preventing substance use when they implement environmental strategies designed to change a community’s social norms or attitudes.

As a result, recipients of the funding are required to apply the Strategic Prevention Framework supported by the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration to design their community programs with the goal of changing their community’s attitudes and expectations regarding alcohol and substance use to achieve a healthier environment.

The Northland Coalition (NC), the umbrella coalition for community coalitions in Clay, Platte and Ray counties, will apply the funding they received to host a prevention conference and create and implement a social marketing campaign.

Youth With Vision, (YWV), the youth advisory council of the Northland Coalition, composed of high school students from Clay, Platte and Ray counties, will utilize the funding to support their Northland Youth Leadership Summit as well as their annual strategic planning retreat.

The other recipients of the prevention grants are:

  • Kearney–Holt CAN (Community Acting Now)
  • Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth
  • Platte County Prevention Coalition  (Platte County R-II)
  • Ray County Coalition
  • Smithville CIA (Community in Action)
  • Staley TRY (Teaching & Reaching Youth)

The community coalitions’ plans for the funding include the design and execution of educational presentations and social marketing campaigns which will provide young people healthy resiliency tactics and coping skills to address stress without engaging in the destructive behaviors that result from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

The Northland Coalition and the various community coalitions all have the administrative support of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

For more information about prevention in the Northland contact Vicky Ward, manager of prevention services, (816)-877-0411 or vickyw@tri-countymhs.org.

24-Hour Emergency Crisis Line 1-888-279-8188 (TTY or Voice: 1-800-380-3323)

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