Coalitions work to create communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness and substance abuse.
How do coalitions make a difference in communities?
Coalitions educate the community, increase community involvement in local substance abuse prevention initiatives and implement prevention programs that have been proven effective.
The prevention strategies coalitions use include:
A comprehensive approach using as many, or all six, prevention strategies works best!
Often, community problems or issues are too large and complex for any one agency or organization.
Coalition building is a smart strategy that promotes coordination and collaboration and makes efficient use of limited community resources.
By connecting multiple sectors of the community in a comprehensive approach, community coalitions achieve real outcomes.
VADIC provides communities with informational resources pertaining to substance abuse and at-risk issues. VADIC is a grant-funded program, and its services are free for Vermonters. www.vadic.org
Need help? Or know someone that needs help? Our help page has numerous resources that are only a click away.