Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition (Manchester, TN)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Kristina Clark
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition
  • Address:116 West Fort St.
    Manchester, TN 37355
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(931) 570-4484
  • Main fax:(931) 570-2361

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition is to serve Coffee County through the collaborative efforts of community members to decrease the harmful effects of substance use/abuse and improve the quality of community life.

  • Overview:
  • The main function of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition (CCADC) is to generate effective collaboration with all sectors of the community, in order to, create and implement a comprehensive county wide substance abuse prevention plan. The foundation of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition is the strategic prevention framework and evidenced-based initiatives. This allows the Coalition to make informed solution based decisions concerning Coffee County that culminate in community level change regarding substance abuse behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) use/abuse. The CCADC is seeking help to address the casual concern of the youth and adults in rural Tennessee toward substance abuse and underage drinking and try to help identify a healthier lifestyle that promotes family connectedness, thereby improving the community toward a safer, healthier, drug reduced community.

    The Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition currently has 20 core leaders. Though short term action teams (STAT) and meeting participation may vary meeting to meeting depending on the topic and time of year, the core 20 are always engaged and involved. These 20 members cover the 16 core sectors including Education (K-12), Education (Higher Ed), Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement), Criminal Justice (Courts), Health Care Providers, Business Community, Civic or Volunteer Group, Religion or Fraternal Organization, Behavioral Health Services Providers, Media, Local Government, Elected Officials, Parents, Youth, Youth Serving Organizations, and other representatives from the community. For the Law Enforcement and Education Sectors there are core representatives from all three local Coffee County systems. These core leaders are forwarding thinking people with their pulse on the community that are the decision makers or provide key linkages to the decision makers in Coffee County. These members are also important as they have been trained both formally and informally in evidenced-based prevention strategies and the strategic prevention framework. The 20 core members have expertise concerning Coffee County and the history of the Coalition. These members provide sustainability to the Coalition regardless of employee attrition.

  • History:
  • In the summer of 2004 two family resource directors from two different school systems in Coffee County, Tennessee, compared notes on the terrible problem that methamphetamine (meth) was doing to students and their families in their respective schools. At that time, Coffee County had the 3rd highest number of meth labs captured in the State of Tennessee. The family resource school personnel were seeing devastating effects on the children of those family members associated with methamphetamines. Even more damaging was the humiliation of a child being abruptly taken from their home or school without anything else than the clothes on their back, never being able to go back home. The family pet couldn’t even go with the child. That conversation led very soon to a community meeting to discuss how to change the community environment where positive attitudes and beliefs would encourage families to avoid methamphetamine.

    Now eight years later that meeting has evolved into a very strong coalition involving every sector of the community to proactively tackle factors in Coffee County that address the risk of substance abuse. The methamphetamine problem was given a severe blow once state law made it more difficult to purchase products that produce meth, however, through the many surveys completed, the Coffee County Anti Drug Coalition (CCADC) had identified a new substance abuse concern with a burgeoning underage drinking culture. Not only was underage drinking seen as a right of passage, the abuse of prescription drugs at “pharm” parties and school heightened new concerns for families and school officials.

    The Coalition has been working hard to reduce social access to alcohol, change social norms regarding alcohol use and increase enforcement of underage drinking laws. The Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking campaign has been implemented for the last two years combined with directed social norms campaigns to high school and middle school students. These campaigns were done in conjunction with drug and alcohol briefs featuring the State of the Child in Coffee County. Campaign and education materials were distributed to every classroom in all three school systems.

    After the passage of the new social hosting law the Coalition strengthened its effect with additional practice changes within Coffee County including working with law enforcement on developing enforcement practices that are universal for all three departments concerning the social hosting law. Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition has also implemented a text tip line for the county, in order to reduce barriers to reporting underage drinking parties and other drug use misconduct. A geo-mapping project has been piloted with the Tullahoma Police Department to increase data collection and sharing which will increase effectiveness of initiatives chosen for the area. Passive Alcohol Sensor Flashlights, as well as, Department of Transportation approved alcohol strips have been included in policies for increasing enforcement around underage drinking at school events. The Coalition also has members and staff trained in Responsible Beverage Service for on and off premise sales. Coalition member’s efforts have significantly increased enforcement measures such as compliance checks and sobriety check points.
    The Coalition successfully implemented a permanent prescription drug take back program with all three law enforcement teams. Permanent drop boxes were placed in the lobby at all three departments for easy disposal of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Policy and practice changes were made within each law enforcement department to ensure correct Drug Enforcement Administration guidelines were followed and that the Coalition receives complete data relevant to the contents disposal. The Coalition continues to work with law enforcement on semi-annual drug take backs in both cities of Coffee County, in order to increase community knowledge of prescription drug issues and the resources available for disposable. To decrease access within in the home, the Coalition also provides free of charge in-home lock boxes and pill tracking cards to Coffee County residents. The Coalition has also successfully implemented the Building Strong Families Conference, a two day rural, continuum of care conference. This is a free conference with a prevention track that allows the Coalition to assist members in obtaini

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Sarah Hailey, Board Chair
    Margaret Cunningham, Secretary
    Pam Harvey, Treasurer
    Linda Baker
    Susie Young
    Ken Stewart
    Morris Vanattia
    Richard Randolph

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Kristina Rutley-Clark, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kristina Rutley-Clark, Executive Director
    Christina Merino, Prevention Coordinator
    William Levengood, Youth Coordinator
    James Wilson, Veterans Coordinator

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Not Applicable
  • IRS Section:115(1)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:62-6000543

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