A Blount County Community Health Initiative volunteer action team
The Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team addresses the challenge of reducing youth tobacco use, underage drinking and prescription medications. Partnerships with law enforcement and the National Guard have increased opportunities for education within the local school systems.
By providing educational opportunities, promoting prevention activities, advocating policy evaluation and enforcement, and strengthening community sector collaboration, the team is a catalyst for communitywide change in perceptions and behaviors associated with substance abuse.
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In 2010, the team was awarded a five-year, $125,000 annual Drug-Free Communities Grant from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The purpose of the grant is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. The award is renewable for an additional five years as a continuation grant.
In 2010, the team began implementation of the Partnership for Success Grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disability (TDMHDD) to address the issue of binge drinking among the state's 14-17 year olds.
In 2012, the team began implementation of the Established Coalition Grant from the TDMHDD to address the issues of youth tobacco use and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
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