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SCoSA Promotes Substance Abuse Free Environments (SAFE)

HOW CAN I HELP?

Join our community effort to reduce substance abuse by adding your voice and skills to a committee, volunteering for events, becoming a member, and/or making a tax-deductible donation.

Complete the Participation Form. Select a committee where your input would be most appropriate:

Community Awareness
Family and Schools
Business and Healthcare
Senior Focus
Public Policy
South County Task Force
Your help is important.

Your participation in a collaborative process for preventing substance abuse and reducing its impacts is critical. We encourage you to:

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Complete a Membership Form to join the Coalition. You can Contact us today for information on how to volunteer and help our community.


COALITION COMMITTEES

Community Awareness

The mission of the ‘Community Awareness’ committee is to engage parents, employers, school officials, and other pacesetters in providing voice for awareness and prevention, intervention treatment & recovery. The goal is to increase community participation to establish guidelines for promoting public awareness of substance abuse issues through information dissemination, education, and media exposure. The committee seeks to publicly promote techniques to prevent substance abuse, to knock down the wall of shame and stigma that creates fear and discrimination against people seeking help and those in recovery, and to establish SCoSA as a clearinghouse for distribution of information on proven prevention programs and principles, local prevalence rates, risk & protective factors, and resources.

Business and Healthcare

The mission of the ‘Business and Healthcare’ committee is to promote drug free workplaces, drug free schools and to develop a community-wide commitment to intervention and treatment. The goal is to increase the use of effective methods for preventing and treating substance abuse, placing primary emphasis on personal responsibility. The committee provides guidance to employers on how they can better identify and respond to substance abuse among their employees by following established procedures for training and enrolling business and schools in drug free policies and practices. Additionally, the committee promotes the expansion of professional- and self-assessment practices for identifying substance abuse problems and developing a full continuum of care for reducing substance abuse, including adequate local residential and outpatient services for youth and adults.

Family and Schools

The mission of the 'Family and Schools' committee is to provide substance abuse prevention curricula to all students, promote effective parenting skills and practices, and to expand opportunities for pro-social behaviors and activities for youth. The goal is to increase awareness that the prevention of substance abuse is the responsibility of everyone - the individual, the family, the schools, and the community. The committee seeks to expose all students to a minimum number of hours of substance abuse prevention curricula, to create a multi-strategy parenting initiative to nurture effective parenting skills and practices for all children, and to establish a joint school and community initiative to provide recognition for youth who choose remain alcohol and drug free. The committee will oversee information dissemination to parents on substance abuse in applicable formats in various settings.

Public Policy

The mission of the ‘Public Policy’ committee is to promote policies in public and private institutions that will establish efficient and effective substance prevention, intervention and treatment programs and practices. The goal is to promote policies, institutional practices, & norms that reduce alcohol and illicit drug use. The committee seeks to improve environmental strategies, to promote development of adequate youth and adult facilities and programs (i.e. work release, job training, treatment, and related services), to meet identifiable need for addressing the problems of substance abusers, and to provide adequate support for drug court, mental health court and domestic violence court. The committee will oversee a comprehensive community-wide needs assessment and the development of a strategic plan.

Senior Focus

The mission of the ‘Senior Focus on Healthy Living’ committee is to educate the community and medical professionals about issues surrounding medication misuse and alcohol and substance abuse in the senior population. The goal is to increase awareness of geriatric substance abuse. The committee advocates for better programs relating to medication management, drug and alcohol prevention programs, and treatment resources for the senior population.

South County Task Force

The mission of the ‘South County Task Force’ is to ensure that the action plans of all other committees are implemented in the Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, North Port and Englewood areas. The goal is to increase awareness of applicable Coalition activities. The committee assesses local area needs, identifies and unites all parties willing to address to substance abuse related issues and promotes community collaboration for enhancing the well being of the citizens in South County.

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