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1 Commack Coalition of Caring Building Bridges to Address Substance Use and Abuse in the Commack Community

2 History of the CCC 1996 Ad Hoc Drug Advisory Committee –Chaired by Russell Stewart –Helped to guide programs and district policy related to substance use and abuse 2002 Commack Coalition of Caring –Chaired by John Kelly since 2004

3 Major Accomplishments Safe Homes Program –Debbie Virga Parent Resource Center & Parent Workshops –Nan Lancy Drug and Alcohol Awareness Events Parent Academy Teacher Awareness and Education

4 Current Activities Collaboration with the Suffolk Coalition to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Dependency SAMHSA Grant to strengthen community coalition Community Forums “Community Connectors” to facilitate relationships in community Collaboration with Health and Physical Education Department to promote ASHA standards for social and emotional competency

5 SAMHSA Grant Two year grant received by the Suffolk Coalition to “mentor” the CCC to strengthen community bridges –$75,000/year Potential for District to receive additional grant funding for up to 10 years –$125,000/year

6 Coalition Building

7 Best Processes for Implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework 1. Analyzing Information About the Problem, Goals, and Factors Affecting Them 1. Analyzing Information About the Problem, Goals, and Factors Affecting Them 2. Establishing Vision and Mission 3. Defining Organizational Structure and Operating Mechanisms 3. Defining Organizational Structure and Operating Mechanisms 5. Developing and Using Strategic and Action Plans 8. Developing and Using Strategic and Action Plans 6. Arranging Resources for Community Mobilization 6. Arranging Resources for Community Mobilization 7. Developing Leadership 5. Developing Leadership 8. Implementing Effective Interventions 9. Implementing Effective Interventions 9. Assuring 4. AssuringTechnical Assistance 10. Documenting Progress and Using Feedback 12. Documenting Progress and Using Feedback 11. Making Outcomes Matter 12. Sustaining the Work 10. Sustaining the Work A. Assessment B. Capacity D. Implementation C. Planning E. Evaluation 4. Developing a framework or model of change 7. Developing a framework or model of change 1 Best processes identified through a literature review conducted by Dr. Renee Boothroyd, University of Kansas – used with permission.

8 STUDENT SCHOOL FAMILIES YOUTH SERVICES RECREATION PROGRAMS BUSINESS LIBRARY PRIVATE INDUSTRY SENIORS HEALTH CARE MEDIA FAITH GROUPS POLICE GOV’T OFFICIALS COLLEGE SOCIAL SERVICES

9 Research has identified risk factors in four domains: Risk factors are predictive of higher levels of adolescent substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence. Risk factors

10 Availability of Firearms Availability of Drugs Community Laws and Norms Favorable toward Drug Use, Firearms and Crime Media Portrayals of Violence Transitions and Mobility Low Neighborhood Attachment and Community Disorganization Extreme Economic Deprivation

11 Family History of the Problem Behavior Favorable Parental Attitudes and Involvement in the Problem Behavior Family Management Problems Family Conflict -17

12 Academic Failure Beginning in Late Elementary School Lack of Commitment to School

13 Key Leader Orientation 2-19 Key Leader Orientation 2-19 Early and Persistent Antisocial Behavior Constitutional Factors Rebelliousness Friends who Engage in the Problem Behavior Favorable Attitudes toward the Problem Behavior Early Initiation of the Problem Behavior Gang Involvement

14 Research has identified protective factors in four domains: Protective factors buffer young people’s exposure to risk. Protective factors

15 –Individual Factors Belief in Self Connection with one caring adult Resilient temperament/competencies Prosocial orientation Sense of Humor –Family Factors Positive parenting strategies Parental emotional stability Economic stability

16 –School Factors Clear rules and regulations Competent role models Opportunities for connections with students Reinforcement of social competencies High expectations for all students –Community Factors Clear norms Intergenerational ties External support systems

17 –Risk and protective factors exist in all areas of children’s lives. –The more risk factors present, the greater the chances of problem behavior. –Risk and protective factors can be present throughout development. –Risk factors are buffered by protective factors.

18 Prevention Needs Assessment Bach-Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Funded by SAMHSA Grant Grades 7 & 9 were surveyed in April 2008 –508 grade 7 –539 grade 9 –Surveys were anonymous –Scored by Bach-Harrison –District does not have individual student responses Compared to National Norms (Monitoring the Future & 8 State Norms) Same students will be surveyed in 2011

19 What did the students tell us?

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21 Summary Our students in grades 7 & 9 fall well below the national levels for substance use. However, there is a trend toward increased use of alcohol and marijuana from 7 th to 9 th grade.

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24 Summary Commack students engage in less “at- risk” behavior than national norms. However, there is a trend toward greater involvement in drug use, as evidenced by increase in “being drunk or high in school” and involvement with “illegal drugs” Many Commack students are involved in gambling activity, which represents a “risk factor”

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27 Summary There is an increase in “perceived availability of drugs” from 7 th to 9 th grade Family management is an important risk factor Commitment to school and sense of rebelliousness improves from 7 th to 9 th grade

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30 Summary Lacking in “rewards for pro-social involvement in the community,” but students perceive these rewards occur in school Significant drop in involvement in faith based activities.

31 Where do we go from here? 2008 – 09 Community Forums –October: Faith Leaders –February: Youth Leagues, Booster Clubs, Youth Agencies –June: Business Community Grant application submitted in March – 2010 Community Forums to complete the Coalition

32 The Commack School District Mission Statement Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.

33 Commack Coalition of Caring Mission Statement The Commack Coalition of Caring, through a dedicated group of parents, school professionals, experts in substance abuse, and community leaders are concerned with the development of the whole child in helping to prevent substance use and abuse. The Coalition recognizes the important influences of the child’s environment and is focused on interventions beyond the school.


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