Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultants work with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents, youth and others to strengthen the community’s health and decrease substance abuse. They offer five essential services:
- Community Organizing
- Program Planning & Consultation
- Presentations & Training
- Community Grants Information & Guidance
- Information & Referral
Specific examples of this work in our region include:
Orleans and Northern Essex counties are engaged in collaborative initiatives and capacity-building efforts that rally community partners to join forces in making long-term changes that build a culture of health for the whole community.
Culture of health priorities are being addressed with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings program, which provides data to support the rationale behind choosing these priorities, and also a County Health Rankings & Roadmaps coach/consultant. North Country Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and subsequent implementation plan provided the impetus to begin this collaborative work. Substance misuse and addiction, including prevention, treatment, recovery, was one of the priorities identified.
Regional Prevention Partnerships across Vermont aim to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and marijuana use in Vermonters ages 12-25. The partnerships also aim to increase statewide and regional infrastructure to implement substance abuse prevention activities throughout Vermont. The North County Regional Prevention Partnership provides five years of funding to our region. It will be led by North County Hospital and strategies will be implemented with partners across the region. We are excited about these new partnerships and opportunities that support the concept of building a culture of health.
We also support the HealthWorks ONE (Orleans and Northern Essex) Coalition through grant funding and ongoing assistance. The coalition works cooperatively with diverse partners to encourage policy changes that decrease rates of substance use among young people.
HealthWorks ONE has brought the Improbable Players theatre troupe to a number of our schools. The troupe performs skits highlighting the impact of substance misuse in family systems.
There is a drug-disposal drop box in the Municipal Building, which houses the Newport City Police Department. The anonymous drop box can be accessed 24 hours/day, 7 days per week. A secondary location is in the lobby of our local Sherriff’s office at 5578 US Route 5, Derby, VT 802-334-3333.
There are sharps disposal boxes for used syringes/needles in the second floor public bathrooms in the Emory Hebard State Building, which houses the region’s Agency of Human Services district offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Community College of Vermont.