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CASA-Trinity, Inc. facilitates Coalitions in each of the communities we serve. The Coalitions are made up of stakeholders that have a passion for substance abuse prevention for youth in their community. Our members include business owners, residents, retired school administrators, nurses, members of various organizations, and others. By coming together to talk about current drug and alcohol trends, these influencers break down concerns, educate the community, and build relationships that further our prevention efforts. The goals of the Coalitions are to make sure that a well-rounded strategy is created toward the prevention of substance abuse in schools and communities.

The Coalition conducts student surveys, adult/parent surveys, focus groups and collects data from additional resources to make sure that the message to the community is accurate and credible. The data that is collected is discussed and the strategies are formed with input from the community.

The Coalition also provides educational opportunities for communities by hosting events. Workshops on Opioids, town hall discussions, Recovery 5Ks, Cool Ride to the Prom are all some of the things that the Coalition organizes.

For more information about how to participate in your community’s Coalition, please visit their webpage. To sign up for additional resources, please click here. Stay tuned – Rachel will be updating link with new information.

Current Coalitions include:

The Drug Free Community Coalition of Chemung County (DFCC). To find out more or to get involved, please contact Anthony Hooks at ahooks@casa-trinity.org. You can also find the Coalition on Facebook, at @DrugFreeChemung.

Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). To find out more or to get involved, please contact Christina Olevano at colevano@casa-trinity.org. You can also check out their website (www.tiogaasap.org) or like them on Facebook and Twitter, at @TiogaASAP.

Healthy Cattaraugus County Drug Free Community Coalition is making a positive impact on Cattaraugus County! Healthy Cattaraugus County is a community-based coalition of county stakeholders who are passionate about educating local youth and the county as a whole, regarding the dangers of substance use and abuse. Through collaboration from a dedicated group of volunteers, we are able to implement various prevention strategies that address a need within the county. We continue to strive to be effective change agents in the county to reduce youth use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other substances.

Appalachia Recovery Coalition is a Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services Coalition and is comprised of eight organizations serving a two-county area located in southwestern New York State on the Pennsylvania border. It contains approximately 120,000 residents, and like many Appalachian communities has a very high rate of poverty, access to care difficulties and poor socioeconomic factors. These organizations have an extensive history of collaborative efforts both at county and regional levels. Through the Coalitions Strategic Plan, major objectives and potential impact measures include, improving quality of life by lowering the rates of substance abuse related problems, decrease the stigma of Substance Use Disorders, increase access to affordable services in the northern area and incorporate managed care, and so much more!