Miami County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Our focus is long term, primarily focusing upon strategies for our youth. Our goal is to promote positive development of Miami County youth and prevent drug use and abuse. Research indicates that a focus on drug prevention can also prevent other youth behaviors such as delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence. Our strategy will be to promote positive development before our youth become involved in problem behaviors.
We will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as our planning process. The five steps and two guiding principles of the SPF offer a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing our community. The effectiveness of the SPF begins with a clear understanding of Miami Counties needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process. We are seeking broad community representation and local sustainability beyond the current grant funding.
This is a community directed process tailored to our unique challenges and needs. Using local data, we will identify priority predictors of youth problem behaviors called risk and protective factors specific to our county. We will develop a focused, long range action plan for building on existing resources and filling gaps with new resources. We will choose tested, effective programs, policies and practices to fill identified gaps.
Risk Factors: Academic failure, family conflict, friends who engage in problem behaviors, low economic deprivation, media portrayals of violence, and availability of drugs and firearms.
Protective Factors: Community, family and school rewards, and pro-social involvement
Partners are YMCA, Substance Abuse Prevention Council (SAPC), Miami County Community Service Council (MCCSC), and Aces Plus.