NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK
Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 13 to 19, 2018. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2018 is: Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow.
Learn more: samhsa.gov/prevention-week
“PREVENTION DRIVES COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION,
RECOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION”
Our first campaign newsletter will discuss the purpose of “National Prevention Week” and introduce this year’s “Albion Week” activities and familiarize readers how to more effectively utilize the Michigan United Way “2-1-1” information and referral network.
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The task at hand for everyone is learning how to support, encourage, and promote the prevention message in all it’s forms and functions; to build health and wellness consciousness among all members of the community. Preventing chronic illness is our common goal. The path to accessing health-giving lifestyles and developing the awareness needed to sustain good health, is what’s behind this message. In the coming weeks we will discuss the beginnings of this transformation and what this means for the people of Greater Albion.
DRUG FREE ALBION
Established in 2009, the Albion Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ACSAPC) is a community-based Coalition developed to respond to community needs around substance abuse and its related consequences in the Albion community.
The Mayor’s Youth Council also formed in 2009, supported by Mayor Joseph Domingo was developed to engage youth in learning more about city government, promotion of positive peer cultures, and to engage youth in the community in spreading positive messages around health. The Youth Council represents youth who have pledged to be substance free, and promote healthy living among their peers.
The Coalition and Youth Council along with other community partners involves reducing access to substances, preventing high-risk behaviors, promoting community awareness, connecting community resources, and providing education.
The work of the Coalition is paid for in part by funding from Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (Regional Coordinating Agency for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services for Calhoun County), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS), Calhoun County Board of Commissioners (PA2 funds – alcohol and liquor taxes generated statewide), and other local funding sources. Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) is a licensed substance abuse prevention agency located in Albion, Michigan and serves as the fiduciary for the Coalition.
Programs and services provided by both the Coalition and SAPS are focused on youth 9 to 17, adults 18 and older, families, businesses, and other community groups.
WHAT WE DO
The Coalition does the following in order to identify substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery priorities and to determine effective substance abuse prevention strategies for the Greater Albion community:
- Coordinates substance abuse prevention
- Collects substance abuse prevention, recovery, and treatment data
- Collaborates with prevention, recovery, and treatment organizations in the Greater Albion area & Calhoun County Michigan, to ensure that services are being provided
- Creates policy
In order to carry out this work, the Coalition use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as the guiding process for our work.
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