Elevate East County Coalition

Elevate East County Coalition
Posted on 05/27/2022

Elma joins statewide initiative to prevent underage use of alcohol and other drugs 

Elma - The community of Elma has received a state grant of $220,000 across the 2021-2023 biennium to work with community members to support youth in making healthy choices and to reduce youth alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. The grant, awarded by the Washington Health Care Authority’s (HCA), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), includes funding for training, technical assistance, and community and school-based prevention services.

Elma is one of nearly 100 communities statewide participating in DBHR’s Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI). The initiative supports new or existing coalitions comprised of parents, youth, educators, health professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders, and local government. Coalitions identify their highest prevention needs, plan and implement evidence-based strategies, leverage local resources and evaluate the impact of selected programs. Elma’s newly formed coalition, Elevate East County, joins two other Grays Harbor-based coalitions – Harbor Strong (Aberdeen) and MyTown (Hoquiam).

“Extending these resources to local communities means greater reductions in risky behavior including substance abuse and the harm it causes to people and their families,” said Michael Langer, deputy director of the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. “Community leaders can use this grant to help young people make healthy choices and succeed.”

CPWI communities are selected based on a risk ranking of all school districts in Washington State. The highest risk districts are eligible for funding. DBHR compiles the rankings using mental health and substance use measures from the Healthy Youth Survey and other state administrative data sources for data on crime, school success, poverty, and population rates. These measures are standardized and combined using the mean to rank the school districts by overall risk scores and assign percentile rankings. Funding focuses on communities experiencing high levels of underage drinking, marijuana and opioid use, crime, unemployment, and school failure. Communities are chosen based on their needs and readiness to address them.

Elevate East County plans to initiate community and school-based substance abuse prevention programs and empower families and youth of East Grays Harbor to make healthy choices.

Additional information about CPWI can be found at TheAthenaForum.org. State and county Healthy Youth Survey data are available at www.AskHYS.net. Prevention tips for parents can be found at www.StartTalkingNow.org.

Elevate East County is looking for community members to join the coalition. For information about joining Elevate East County, or to learn more about the initiative, contact [email protected] 

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