While SCoSA engages in information dissemination, education, problem
identification and referral, these activities support the fundamental
purpose of a coalition:
(1) Community Process: To organize citizens and leaders for planning
and promoting institutional and collaborative improvements in
effectiveness of service delivery.
(2) Environmental Strategies: To change written or unwritten community
standards, norms, and codes.
Community partners need these activities to produce the changes of
attitude and behavior that will yield protection against substance
abuse and its destructive impact. The combined efforts will reduce
the raising financial burden to county residents and the deterioration
in the quality of life due to substance abuse.
We envision a community where everyone has the tools for living
a healthy and effective life, free from substance abuse.
To promote substance abuse free environments through increased
community awareness and advocacy.
We are committed to help empower people to reclaim their lives
from substance abuse and improve their quality of life through community
awareness and advocacy of substance abuse free environments.
(1) To be advocates, as a group and as
individuals, of prevention and reduction of substance abuse in Sarasota
(2) To serve as a consulting and coordinating
agency for all segments of Sarasota County interested in preventing
and reducing substance abuse.
(3)To act as liaison among individuals
and organizations to better utilize all community resources in solving
the community's substance abuse problems.
(4) To make recommendations and/or resolutions
on all aspects of substance abuse prevention and reduction to appropriate,
individuals, and governing bodies.
(5) To encourage the meeting together
of all individual and agency representatives interested in substance
abuse prevention and reduction for the enhancing of experiences, the
maintenance of interest, and the cultivation of understanding and
support of each other.