This week is Red Ribbon Week! You may be celebrating in your school or workplace by wearing a red ribbon or bracelet to show your commitment to living a drug-free lifestyle. But do you know where this tradition came from?
Created in 1985 after drug traffickers murdered DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, Red Ribbon Week is an annual event demonstrating intolerance for drugs in our nation's schools, workplaces, and communities. People across the United States show their commitment to leading a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing or displaying a red ribbon.
This year, join in the celebration by taking the Red Ribbon Pledge. You can also enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest for a chance to win an IPad and $1,000 for your school! Be sure to visit the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition to learn more, or to become involved in the initiatives to make Jay County a drug free community!
You may have heard that this summer, JCDPC received a Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Grant! We were very excited to have received this support from the Indiana State Department of Health to help educate on and prevent Tobacco use in Jay County.
This week, JCDPC's Tobacco Coalition will be meeting for the very first time, and you are invited!
Tobacco Coalition Meeting
Date: October 18th, 2019
Location: 129 E Water St. Portland
Contact: Sydney Haines | firstname.lastname@example.org | 260-251-3259 ex. 1004
October 1st marked the beginning of a new fiscal year for JCDPC, and the end of the first year of federal funding for our organization. In celebration of our year-end, today's post provides an overview of our year, and a celebration of what was accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has offered support, volunteerism, donations, attended an event, referred a client, or became a client! Thank you to those who assisted in the work of the coalition to help reduce substance abuse in Jay County!
Thank you to our volunteer leaders
Nick Miller, Board Chair
Gary Hendershot, Vice Chair
Emily Leas, Board Secretary
James Myers, Treasurer
Peer Recovery Coaches
Allyssa Raines, Travis Jester, Michael Eads, Doug Johnson, Jolene Fair, Bob Thomas, Gina Raines, Christian Myers
Tracy Carpenter, Lee Newman, Jennifer VanSkyock, Brian Hutchison, Jeanne Lutz, Emily Leas, Allison Yankey, James Myers, Jesse Bivens, Allison Keen, Seth Wilson, Phil Corwin
Projects Programs and Services
Drug Free Communities
Five-year Initiative (October 2018-September 2023) focused on preventing underage drinking and youth misuse of prescription drugs.
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
Two-year initiative (July 2019-June 2021) focused on reducing tobacco and nicotine rates through policy work, legislative change, and education.
Peer Recovery Coaches
Promote recovery from addiction by removing barriers and obstacles and serving as a personal guide/mentor for people seeking or in recovery.
Quick Response Team
Rapid response to individuals who have overdosed and to facilitate access to treatment for individuals struggling with addiction. The primary focus is to assess an individual's needs, symptoms and strengths to determine an appropriate, individualized plan for intervention.
Connecting the Links
This video driven concert was brought to the community in partnership with A Better Life Brianna's Hope (ABLBH). The awareness event was a creative, moving way to educate on the local effects of substance abuse and help reduce the stigma that surrounds addiction. The entertainment was produced and performed by Eric and Jillian Maitlen of Two Eight Ministries.
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month (May) this one-day program was brought to the entire 8th and 9th grade classes in the Jay County School system. This program was in partnership with Purdue Extension, Meridian Health Services, Youth Service Bureau, Jay County Schools, and Youth for Christ.
This prevention and resilience-building program has been implemented in the Jay County High School (30 freshman), Middle Schools (all 6th Grade), and Jay Community Center Summer Day Camp (30 school aged children).
An evidence based parenting program designed to help parents and kids develop happier family relationships, improve mental health outcomes, and help decrease youth alcohol and drug use, violence, and delinquent behavior. This has been implemented with seven families, and further implementation is being planned in partnership with Purdue Extension.
Awarded annually in the areas of Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Education, Justice/Law Enforcement, and Intervention/Treatment.