The Northern Kentucky Regional Prevention Alliance continues to work in concert with the Northern Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board, the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, the Heroin Impact Response Task Force, ten coalitions across the eight counties, and other professionals to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among teens as a deterrent to health and well-being.
The Northern Kentucky Regional Prevention Alliance is funded through a federal Drug Free Communities Grant and is managed by Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, Division of Prevention and Early Intervention Services for Adolescents. An Executive Committee monitors the work of the grant: Anna Stark, Community Partner serving as Chair; Lisa-Anglin, Coalition Partner serving as Vice-Chair; Elizabeth Atwell, Fiscal Agent Representative, and Stephanie Vogel, NKY – ASAP Representative.
The Director, Bonnie Hedrick, Ph.D., serves as the coordinator of the Prevention Alliance as well as works with early intervention service providers to maximize access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services for teens and their families. Hedrick has 25+ years of experience working in the field of behavioral health, with most of that effort in Ohio systems as part of her role at the University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.
The Prevention Alliance espouses the philosophy that the most comprehensive, effective approach to reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is a blended approach that addresses both individual and environmental influences in a comprehensive way. Implementing a blended approach requires multidisciplinary teamwork; multiple sectors of the community working together; community assessment of the community-specific risk factors to know where to target resources; planning, capacity building, and partnerships; and, monitoring the problem and the implementation of strategies.
The effectiveness of community-driven prevention has been established. When all sectors of the community are involved in identifying the problem and finding community-owned solutions for it, the strategies are more likely to be implemented with consistency and maintained over time.
Drug Free Communities
To that end, the agencies of the Prevention Alliance have been promoting the development of the county coalitions around the Federal Drug Free Community program. Currently, there are four drug-free communities grants in Northern Kentucky: Campbell, Kenton (Erlanger/Elsmere), Boone County Alliance for Healthy Youth, and the regional prevention alliance. For more information on the Drug Free Communities Grant Program, click here.
2015-16 Work Plan for the NKY Regional Prevention Alliance
- Building the capacity of nine coalitions to expand their prevention efforts.
- Support Rx Take-Back Days.
- Support state policies around a tobacco-free Kentucky
- Provide education on marijuana use to inform policy makers, parents, youth, and the public.
- Establish a virtual youth think tank to engage more youth in local prevention efforts.
- Expand Core-Life, a program that is based on asset development theory and focuses on strengthening good character, civic responsibility, and volunteerism.