3rd QUARTER REPORT— 04/15/19
The Catoosa County Family Collaborative coordinator has, this quarter, served on Scouting Wood Badge Staff, teaching adult men & women who work with area youth. This is the highest level of training that adult scout leaders go through. The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking. The coordinator also serves in Catoosa, Dade, & Walker Counties on the John Ross District Committee to promote and support Scouting in this area. This quarter, the coordinator served as the Friends of Scouting Campaign Table Host chair, working to raise $58,000 that will help Scout units in this community.
The Catoosa coordinator holds the position of secretary of the North Georgia YMCA Board. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. In addition, we are community centered, listening and responding to our communities. We also strive to connect all people, to bridge the gaps in community needs. This quarter, the coordinator was involved in the Y Fund-Raising Campaign where we met our goal in North Georgia.
The Catoosa Prevention Initiative (CaPI) continues to collect data from the Project Success classes taught in the middle schools of Catoosa & Walker Counties. This quarter there were five of the six schools participating, with LaFayette being the only school who could not fit the classes into their schedules. Class evaluations of the material presented was also administered after the post surveys to determine the student’s favorite parts of the class and least favorite, so that adjustments might be made to best present the material. A refresher class will be offered up sometime in July to get feedback from the facilitators. The local evaluator designed a tabulated spreadsheet that show trending data changes from 2013-2018. The data covered both Walker and Catoosa counties and compared them against the Georgia data. She also provided charts for visual effects and this data will be displayed on the new website, along with the narrative of the Strategic Prevention Framework, and the importance of evaluation.
The Community Participation Alliance Workgroup (CPAW) met in January, and March 2019. The meeting was cancelled in February. The Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP) Coordinator meets weekly with Healthy Foundations, a stakeholder that is working on establishing a Behavioral Health Community that will service the entire Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. The community will offer prevention, rehabilitation, treatment, and transitional housing. Prevention will have a part to fulfill once the community is stood up. Another stakeholder that the ASAPP coordinator meets with monthly is the local Habitat For Humanity. Prevention has the opportunity to offer an array of services to all families with parenting classes, sweat equity work hours and after school programs.
Several meetings with People Staff Marketing were held to plan the structure of the new Catoosa Prevention Initiative web site, during this quarter. The end of March brings the CaPI a little closer to having a new, modern and sleek website that is expected to be launched sometime in April. The Prevention Newsletter has been updated this quarter as well as populating Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with new photos and articles from different social media partners.
The third week of January, both ASAPP and Gen-Rx coordinators attended a 4-day SAPST (Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training) in Atlanta. The first week of February, they both attended the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America) conference, held just outside of Washington D.C., in the National Harbor, MD. The ASAPP coordinator also attended a full day of Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG) training on January 25 at the Morehouse School. The GEN-Rx coordinator attended the Council for Alcohol and Drugs (TCAD) collaborative meeting on March 12th. This meeting allows the chance to collaborate with providers from several different organizations located throughout the state on a quarterly basis.
GEN-Rx has placed a total of 8 “Mom’s My Dealer” billboards throughout Catoosa County displaying the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Oglethorpe Police Department drug disposal boxes. February saw the highest number of prescription drugs destroyed, 39 pounds, for Fort Oglethorpe Police Department since the box was installed. Over the past three months Fort Oglethorpe Police Department and Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department have destroyed a combined total of 269 pounds of prescription drugs. The GEN-Rx coordinator is continuing work with Chickamauga City Police Department to add a drug disposal box at their location. This will help Catoosa County citizens that live in Chickamauga with easier accessibility to dispose of old or unused medications. With help from partners PC has distributed a total of 19 medicine safes to families in need over the past 3 months.
We are continuing our partnership with pharmacies’ and physicians’ offices to distribute pharmacy bags. These businesses/offices are located in the cities of Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe. The bags display what can be dropped off in the drug disposal box while also explaining the locations of drop off boxes at area law enforcement sites. A total of 9,380 bags have been distributed over the past 3 months. The GEN-Rx coordinator is working on new “Laws Against Prescription Drugs” (LAPD) posters that will be displayed in county middle and high schools. These posters will display one-line facts regarding laws about prescription drugs. We have given out 50 L.A.P.D. cards to area superior court judges. A total of 69 cards have been distributed over the past 3 months.
3rd QUARTER REPORT— 04/15/19