Carson City’s Community Coalition“Partnership Carson City’s mission is tofoster a healthy community by building strong families and successful youth, through education, collaboration and engagement of our citizens.”
WHAT’S A COALITION??A community coalitionsupports collaborationamong professionalsand service providersidentified as “partners.”Each partner retainstheir identity, but agreeto work togethertoward a common goal.
• PCC facilitates collaboration among organizations to assist them in sharing resources and avoiding duplication of effort.• PCC works with Task Forces organized to accomplish specific task areas efficiently:1. Community Action Agency Network2. Quality of Life3. Law Enforcement4. Community Awareness
OUR STEERING COMMITTEEBOB CROWELL JOHN TATROMAYOR MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGEMOLLY WALT TOM ARMSTRONGCITY SUPERVISOR MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGEKEN FURLONG NEIL ROMBARDOSHERIFF DISTRICT ATTORNEYRICHARD STOKES RORY PLANETASCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CHIEF OF ALTERNATIVE SENTENCINGBARRY SMITH MARY BRYANEX. DIR. NV PRESS ASSOCIATION EX. DIR. COMMUNITY COUNSELING CTR.JOHN SIMMS KRISTEN LUISCHIEF, JUVENILE PROBATION JUVENILE COURT MASTERED EPPERSON ROB HOOPERCEO, CARSON TAHOE REGIONAL HEALTH CTR EX. DIR. N.NV. DEVELOPMENT AUTH.RONNI HANNAMANEX. DIRECTOR, CARSON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Prescription Drugs Coalition Priorities Prescription drugsused illicitly, including drug monitoring and safe disposal of unused Medications.
Why?• Americans, who comprise approximately 6% of the world’s population, consume 80% of the world’s supply of opiates, and 99% of the world’s supply of hydrocodone.• The number of opioid prescriptions have escalated some 350% since 1991, with only a 19% increase in population.• In amount of drugs consumed per 100,000 people, Nevadaranks #2 for hydrocodone, #2 for oxycodone, #4 for methadone, and #7 for codeine.• Daily, some 2,500 youth age 12-17 abuse an opioid for the first time. Once addicted, many are transferring to the less expensive and readily available heroin.
Coalition Priorities The creation of anHeroin/Methamphetamine aggressive community education program on heroin, and continuing education regarding methamphetamine.
Why?Judge John Tatro: “I have been a judge for 17 years and for the first 3 years I saw one heroin related case. Now I see heroin related cases every day. The heroin use has evolved from the widespread abuse of narcotic prescription pain medication.”
Marijuana/Emerging Substances Coalition Priorities Provide the community with the most current research available on marijuana and other emerging substances of abuseand its effects on young people.
Why?• Marijuana is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated drugs today.• Marijuana use among Carson City’s Middle School youth is increasing, at a higher rate than alcohol or tobacco.• The manufacturing of synthetic drugs is becoming popular.
Coalition Priorities Prevent the onset of childhood underage drinkingand drug use, andUnderage Drinking reduce the progression of substance abuse by supporting our local Community services.
Why?• Underage drinking is usually the first time a youth tests parental boundaries, and is subject to exposure to other substances of abuse.• Youth drinking and experimenting with drugs before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become addicted.
Coalition Priorities Deter gang activity through community based prevention and intervention strategies andGang Activity aggressive law enforcement.
Why?Communities that turn a blind eye toemerging gang activity are inviting theproblems to take root and escalate.
Chronic Disease Issues Coalition Priorities Further collaborations related to chronic disease issuesthat affect the health and welfare of Carson City residents.
Why?• Some chronic disease prevention strategies go hand in hand with drug prevention initiatives.• Because we can. PCC is a coalition, supporting multiple task forces with specific roles.
FUND LOCAL SERVICES• Secure funding for local agencies • Support special projects
Community Assessment• Conduct community assessment by collecting data and meeting with our partners.
Local Support 21 Local Agency Sub GrantsOrganizations apply for funds available through PCC, and are selected based on community needs and Priorities. Educators’ Mini Grants Teachers and PTA’s can apply for up to $1,000 to support an educational enrichment activity. Enrichment Fund Social service agencies can request up to $50 to Help a child enroll in activities.
Project Development • Identify gaps in services, develop strategies to address the needs, obtain necessary resources, then pass them on to the appropriate agencies to manage when appropriate.
Pilot Projects • Mobile Rec Project• Student athlete drug testing – 3rd year • Community Ambassadors-1st year • Mental health & substance abuse treatment planning in the jail-1st year
COMMUNITY AWARENESSPCC provides community awareness andeducation about substance abuse issues andconcerns.
Community Awareness Task Force• Brochure racks around town• Attend all Back to School nights, National Night Out and other community events• Create community presentations on critical problems – take to audiences• Prescription Round Ups
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Coalitions are Cost Effective PCC currently oversees a budget of approximately $578,000 dollars. Our administration cost is less than 7%. We do everything with a staff equivalent of less than 2 full-time people.