Coalitions

Community Partnership’s Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is one of 11 PRCs in Missouri that provides technical assistance, training and support to Missouri communities interested in decreasing their substance use and violence problems.

These communities form coalitions through the assistance of PRC Prevention Specialists and implement the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to help them successfully impact substance use and violence problems through effective prevention efforts. A comprehensive Regional Needs Assessment is completed by the PRC annually to help guide its strategic planning efforts.

The PRC currently serves a 21-county region of Southwest Missouri.

Coalitions Served by PRC

417SQUAD (Students Questioning Use and Abusing Drugs): A group of Springfield high school students who work together to prevent peer use of drugs/alcohol and violence while helping shape the future for younger kids. They accomplish this through educating their peers on drugs, the dangers of using drugs, and assisting other coalitions by providing a youth voice on issues related to their age group.

Contact Rikki Barton at rbarton@cpozarks.org for more information.

Advocates for Better Communities (ABC): Community members in Polk County that are committed to providing youth, parents, and the community with factual data, education, prevention and intervention tools designed to reduce the incidence of high risk behaviors among our youth. They work to change organizational practices, influence policy and regulations, and promote community education and substance use prevention.

Contact Samantha Sherman at ssherman@cpozarks.org for more information.

Carthage Caring Communities (CCC): Rallies the entire community by supporting local families and children thus altering the culture of their community so that healthy choices are made to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. CCC has focused on marijuana use prevention and medication misuse reduction. Their Carthage In Action (CIA) youth program engages high schools in their area in an annual Youth Summit to reduce risky teen behaviors.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Christian County Coalition on Substance Misuse: Formed in 2017 to educate the county’s citizens on the dangers of substance misuse. Their mission is to make a difference in their county by reducing the prevalence of illegal drugs and misuse of legal drugs in the county. Their strategy uses education, prevention, and referral to treatment programs.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Dade County Community Connections Coalition: Strives to have ongoing programs and projects that support a health lifestyle, in an effort to make the “non” use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; the acceptable norm. Their goal is to provide Dade County children the opportunity to thrive in an environment free of drug, alcohol, and tobacco misuse.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Dallas County Live Well Alliance (DCLWA): Committed to educating and improving the health of the citizens of Dallas County. DCLWA strives to promote positive attitudes toward wellness and reduce the incidence of chronic disease and high risk behaviors.

Contact Samantha Sherman at ssherman@cpozarks.org for more information.

Don’t Meth with Missouri (DMWM): Utilizes Springfield’s collaborative culture to provide substance use education and awareness and promote good choices that incorporate Rotary values to help youth reach their full potential. Formed out the Southeast Springfield Rotary Clubs’ efforts to reduce methamphetamine use, DMWM became a registered coalition and continues to provide different levels of programming in 5th, 7th and 10th grade classrooms in Springfield Public Schools.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Douglas County CHART: A coalition of individuals and agencies who work together to improve the community health of Ava and Douglas County. Their mission is dedicated to assisting Douglas County residents to achieve healthier lifestyles by expanding, introducing, and enhancing community activities. This includes physical, mental, and spiritual health and education to help youth and adults reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Contact Amber Allen at aallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Drug Endangered Children: The Greene County, Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) works to identify, protect, and support children exposed to environments where use, manufacturing, or sales of drugs occur.

Contact Amber Allen at aallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Drug Responsibility Education and Advocacy Movement (DREAM) Coalition: The mission is to radically decrease the damage done by medication misuse in Greene County. They accomplish this by conducting educational programs, media and social media outreach, participating in community events, and coordinating medication take-back events.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Joplin Area Coalition (JAC): Addresses issues that directly affect area teens through educational programs, public awareness campaigns, media outreach and data collection. JAC was very instrumental in teaching and promoting resiliency in the community with projects like the 40 Developmental Assets and Guiding Good Choices. They continue to build on their efforts to prevent underage drinking, teen marijuana use and medication misuse.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Lamar Drug Free Community (LDFC): Advocates for the inclusion, expansion and recognition of policies, programs and practices that effectively reduce substance use. LDFC has a focus on helping children make healthy decisions and strives to provide alternative activities for teens.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Lawrence County Prevention Team (LCPT): Provides comprehensive prevention programs and services to help reduce substance use and violence related issues in their community. LCPT was formed to address what one of the highest marijuana use rates in the state. They also sponsor a docu-drama in Aurora during prom and graduation season to bring awareness to the dangers of underage drinking and driving.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Logan-Rogersville Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community: Uses community resources to ‘drug proof’ area children. They work towards this goal by providing after prom events, conducting media campaigns, and participating in after school programs.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

McDonald County Coalition (MDCC): Brings people together to proactively address health and well-being by implementing activities customized to serve the citizens of McDonald County. MCC has instituted the Handle with Care program in their local schools, which alerts teachers and administrators following an in-home crisis intervention where children are present. The group is also interested in lowering the incidence of underage drinking and medication misuse.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Missouri Southwest Initiative to Change Health (MO-SWITCH): Promotes health for all Barry County residents by developing collaborative partnerships to affect environmental changes that foster community health. BCCC strives to reduce the use of tobacco products in a county that historically has one of the highest use rates among teens. They are also actively engaged with local law-enforcement to provide for proper disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Newton County Community Coalition (NCCC): Strives to prevent drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors among youth through collaboration, education, empowerment, early-intervention and community transformation efforts throughout Newton County. NCCC is now in their 5th year as a Drug Free Communities Grant awardee. Their central focus is underage drinking, marijuana and medication misuse prevention. Some of the projects they implement are retail compliance checks and Responsible Beverage Service trainings. They were also pioneers in starting to implement medication drug take-back events in Missouri.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.

Ozarks Fighting Back (OFB): Works to prevent the misuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence, especially among youth, through the mobilization of local neighborhoods and communities to build more healthy lifestyles.

Contact Rikki Barton at rbarton@cpozarks.org for more information.

Stand Against Trafficking: Exists to mobilize the community to end human trafficking in the Ozarks. They accomplish this through raising awareness, providing education to key community leaders, emphasizing prevention of human trafficking through a variety of strategies, promoting community collaboration around the issue, and advocating for and supporting survivors of human trafficking.

Contact Rikki Barton at rbarton@cpozarks.org for more information.

Standing Against Youth Violence (S.A.Y.V.) Coalition: Works to bring together resources to reduce crime and delinquency and to create positive opportunities for area youth. This is accomplished in a collaborative format bringing together a diverse group of community resources. They strive to provide positive alternative activities and community service opportunities for youth.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Stone County Community Health Coaltion: Works collaboratively with partners in the assessment of Stone County to identify priorities associated with health and safety, to promote accessible health opportunities within a safe environment for all who live, work and play in Stone County. The coalition’s substance use prevention-related goals: are to decrease illicit drug use and smoking.

Contact Chris Davis at cdavis@cpozarks.org for more information.

Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPC): Reduces suicides through education, dialogue, and hope in Southwest Missouri. They work to decrease the number of suicides through educating the public about early detection, signs and symptoms, available resources related to suicide, and the relationship between suicide and self-medication/substance use.

Contact Samantha Sherman at ssherman@cpozarks.org for more information.

Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT): Reduces the prevalence and consequences of youth substance abuse to promote a safe and healthy community by working to increase the age of first use of substances, decrease the past 30 use of substances by youth, and reduce community norms favorable towards youth substance use.

Contact Chris Davis at cdavis@cpozarks.org for more information.

Underage Drinking Task Force: Works to prevent (reduce) underage drinking and its consequences through public education, youth leadership, public policy and environmental strategy initiatives, and resource development and collaboration. The Task Force’s substance use prevention-related goals are to decrease past 30 days use of alcohol by persons under age 21, decrease binge drinking by persons age 25 and under, decrease community laws and norms favorable towards underage drinking, and decrease availability of alcohol to persons under age 21.

Contact Chris Davis at cdavis@cpozarks.org for more information.

Violence Free Families (VFF): Their mission is to work together to raise awareness and reduce family violence through educating our community, advocating for change, increasing collaboration and promoting existing resources. Activities of the coalition include annual Foster Parent Appreciation Night, Stop the Violence Conference, Denim Day, and various other violence prevention activities.

Contact Amber Allen at aallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Webster County CommUNITY Partnership: Members are committed to working together collaboratively to support the health and well-being of every resident of Webster County. It is important to them that all residents of the county have awareness of and access to every resource needed to live a healthy and wholesome life. Some of their projects include coordinating drug take-back events, conducting media campaigns, conducting culturally appropriate educational programs, and helping to coordinate positive youth alternative activities.

Contact Scott Allen at sallen@cpozarks.org for more information.

Zero Violence Coalition (ZVC): Mobilizes community resources in an effort to decrease all forms of violence and promote a safe, healthy community in Jasper County. ZVC is currently researching the correlation between substance use and violence in their community.

Contact Steve Miller at smiller@cpozarks.org for more information.