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SCoSA Promotes Substance Abuse Free Environments (SAFE)

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2004-2007

In February 2004, SCoSA’s Board of Directors adopted its 3-year strategic plan and annual priorities based upon the review of the Better Futures report including the Public Policy Framework, outcome of key stakeholders’ retreat, and analysis of current data trends. The Strategic Plan is divided into two initiatives, four programs, and nine projects.

The Initiatives

The Community Awareness for Empowerment and Community Advocacy for Reclaiming Lives initiatives involve both community process (e.g. organize citizens and leaders for planning and promoting institutional and collaborative improvements in effectiveness of service delivery) and environmental strategies (e.g. change written or unwritten community standards, codes, and attitudes), thereby influencing the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse. While SCoSA engages in information dissemination and education, these initiatives support the fundamental activities of a coalition: community process and environmental strategies. These activities are needed by community partners to produce the changes of attitude and behavior that will yield protection against substance abuse and its destructive impact.

The goal of the CAFÉ initiative is to provide community awareness regarding the risks and consequences of substance abuse while focusing on protection against its destructive impact. It includes two projects under each of the two programs. The goal of the CARE initiative is to provide screening, treatment, and opportunities for reclaiming the lives of people at-risk for or with substance abuse and treatable mental health disorders.

The Programs and Projects

The Community Awareness Program is an ongoing effort to engage the community in substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. The main projects under this program are the Media Campaign, the organization’s marketing plan to promote its value, services and partnership and S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environments), and Technical Assistance, the launch of the organization as a resource for distribution of information, strategic planning and evaluation services.

The Community Empowerment Program is an ongoing effort to strengthen the community’s capacity to address substance abuse issues. The Teach the Teachers project provides substance abuse education for parents, community members, and professionals. The Mentoring Network project supports the creation of a mentoring center to increase service providers’ collaboration.

The ASSESS Program is an ongoing effort to promote substance abuse and mental health assessments in the business sector, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities. This program has three major projects. The Drug Free Workplace project involves the promotion of the Department of Labor model for drug free practices in the business sectors. Similarly, the Drug Free Schools project promotes the Department of Education guidelines for drug free schools. The last project, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral Services (SBIR), is an evidence-based model for establishment of a standard of care in healthcare settings.

The Partners in Justice Program is an ongoing effort to advocate for diversionary practices in the judicial system. One of the main projects under this program is the Youth Diversion System, which involves the monitoring of the implementation of the county 3-Year Plan for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and the promotion of a continuum of care for at-risk youth. The Adult Diversion System project involves advocacy for the adoption of a continuum of care for adults in the judicial system.

The Annual Priorities

FY 2004-2005
FY 2005-2006
FY 2006-2007
Media Campaign
Technical Assistance
SBIR
Drug Free Workplace
Teach the Teachers
Youth Diversion System
Drug Free Schools
Mentoring Network
Adult Diversion System
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