Snohomish County will be working with Marysville Middle School and the Marysville community to keep youth, young adults and others free of alcohol and other drug misuse, while creating a healthier community.
The project will support training, technical assistance, and community and school-based prevention programs, and is funded by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) under its Prevention Redesign Initiative program.
“Marysville’s selection as one of 19 communities statewide to be funded shows community leaders’ willingness to tackle the difficult issues facing children nationwide,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.
The initiative will focus community and school-based prevention resources in Marysville, increasing opportunities to see community-wide changes to drug prevalence rates and associated consequences.
The Marysville Together Coalition will begin services no later than July, 1, 2013, and invites community members to be involved with planning and implementing programs.
“A number of factors were considered in selecting Marysville and the Marysville School District for services,” said Mary Wysocki, Snohomish County Human Services Prevention Coordinator. “These included a variety of data related to substance abuse along with Marysville School District’s readiness to benefit from these services.”
Marysville Together is represented by parents, grandparents, youth, health-care professionals, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders, civic and volunteer groups, government, substance-abuse prevention and treatment organizations, business, media, schools and youth-serving organizations.
To achieve the primary goal of reducing underage drinking and the related negative consequences such as juvenile crime, community members will identify the highest prevention needs, plan and implement evidence-based strategies, leverage local resources and evaluate the impact of selected programs.
Prevention Redesign Initiative communities, such as the one in Marysville, will focus on reducing underage drinking among 8th and 10th graders, improving academic performance, and reducing juvenile crime.
“Our goal in redesigning and targeting our state prevention services is to leverage enough resources in high-need communities to achieve greater reductions in substance abuse and the harm it causes,” said Chris Imhoff, DBHR’s director. “Community leaders are prepared to use these resources to help more young people succeed, and to improve the health and safety of their community.”
To find out how to get involved with the Marysville Together Coalition, contact Mary Wysocki at 425-388-7422 or Mary.Wysocki@snoco.org. Information and tips for parents for preventing underage drinking can be found at www.StartTalkingNow.org.