Invocation: Steve Whisenant
Joe Marks opens the meeting and introduces Kim James, Executive Director at Burke Recovery.
Drug Free Communities Support Program
Kim James updated the group regarding the DFC (Drug Free Communities) Grant. We are re-applying for the federal Drug Free Communities Program which could bring over One Million Dollars of prevention funding to Burke County over the next 10 years. The DFC Program is provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The DFC program has two goals:
- To establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth
- To reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults 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 sectors of BSAN: Youth (18 or younger), Parent, Business, Media, School, Youth-serving organization, Law Enforcement, Religious / Fraternal Organization, Civic / Volunteer groups (i.e., local organizations committed to volunteering, not a coalition member designated as a “volunteer”, Healthcare professional or organization (i.e., primary care, hospitals, etc.), State, local, or tribal government agency with expertise in the field of substance abuse, Other organization involved in reducing substance abuse.
A Sector Representative will be responsible for:
- Being a community leader amongst the represented sector.
- Ensuring clear communication between the sector represented and the coalition.
- Acting as a positive role model for youth, families, and peers.
- Supporting the coalition’s mission.
- Attending coalition meetings which are held on a [ ] basis.
- Participating on at least one subcommittee.
- Attending coalition sponsored trainings, town hall meetings, and other community events.
- Contributing to the strategic action planning process.
- Participating in sustaining the coalition’s capacity, involvement, and goals.
- Preventing youth substance use through environmental strategies.
- Using his/her activities as match, if applicable.
- Other(s), etc.
BSAN will be responsible for:
- Creating and following by-laws and policies.
- Formulating coalition goals and objectives.
- Overseeing operations of activities, programs, and paid staff.
- Increasing new membership of the coalition.
- Creating and following a strategic 12-Month Action Plan. Creating a credible and relevant sustainability plan which includes volunteer membership and resources, both financial and material.
- Respecting the rights of [Coalition name] members to hold their own opinions and beliefs. Other(s), etc.
Time Commitment of Sector Leaders:
- On average 3 hrs per month:
- Attending BSAN meeting (1.5 hrs)
- Subcommittee meeting / related sector activities (1.5 hrs)
NEXT BSAN MEETING:
Friday, March 30th, 2018
7:30AM @ COMMUNITY HOUSE