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    Current Programs

     
     
     
    Drug Free Communities (DFC) is a project that is implemented through the Decatur Drug-Free Community Coalition, comprised of service providers, students, parents, volunteers, and residents throughout the community.
    This project is funded through a ten-year grant (end date: September 30, 2013) from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), centered around the theme of coalition building, with the goal of reducing the rate of substance use and abuse by youth, and over time adults. Although grant funding is exhausted, the Coalition will continue this work by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
    The Decatur Drug-Free Community Coalition currently provides collaborative programming using the seven strategies for community change:

    • 1. Providing Information – (e.g., public announcements, brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums, web-based communication).
    • 2. Enhancing Skills – Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development).
    • 3. Providing Support – Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals, support groups or clubs).
    • 4. Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers- Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., safety, healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
    • 5. Changing Consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) – Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges).
    • 6. Physical Design – Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
    • 7. Modifying/Changing Policies – Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations).

    Subcommittees are established to work on the various strategies and other functions of the DFC Coalition.
    The Decatur Drug-Free Community Coalition currently implements two communication campaigns entitled "Let's Talk." A youth campaign focuses primarily on the prevention of underage drinking, while a parent campaign concentrates on prevention of marijuana use. These campaigns provide education and awareness about the harms, dangers, and consequences of drug and alcohol use. Additionally, the campaigns encourage parents/caregivers and other responsible adults to engage in meaningful conversations with youth about these topics, and vice-versa. Important information to assist youth and parents with alcohol and drug prevention can be found at the following websites:

    Strategic Prevention Framework
    The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a 5-step planning process that guides the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, sustainable prevention activities. The SPF's effectiveness begins with a clear understanding of community needs and depends on the involvement of community members in all stages of the planning process. The SPF is designed to help states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities build the infrastructure necessary for effective and sustainable prevention. Each step contains key milestones and products that are essential to the validity of the process. Focused on systems development, the SPF reflects a public health, or community-based approach to delivering effective prevention. Working with an existing coalition, and based on the most recent Illinois Youth Survey and other community data, this project is currently addressing the issue of underage drinking, particularly among high school students in Decatur. This project is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
    Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act
    The STOP Act program was created to strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal Government, and State, local and tribal governments; to enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination on the issue of alcohol use among youth; to serve as a catalyst for increased citizen participation and greater collaboration among all sectors and organizations of a community that first demonstrates a long-term commitment to reducing alcohol use among youth; to disseminate to communities timely information regarding state-of-the-art practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth; and to enhance, not supplant, effective local community initiatives for preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth. This project is funded through a grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
    Weed & Seed Project  
    In October 2007, The DCP board became the program administrator for a five year $1 million Federal Weed and Seed grant.  The purpose of this grant is a two tiered process to first rid a targeted neighborhood of hard core criminal and drug activity through arrests and prosecutions.   Secondly, human service agencies provide restoration to the area through the delivery of effective programs. DCP’s Executive Director oversees the Weed and Seed program.
    Visit the Weed & Seed Site
    Fiscal Agency
    Richland Community College serves as the fiscal agent for DCP.