TCDOP Vision: Partnering to Prevent Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.
TCDOP Mission: The mission of TCDOP is to engage the communities within the county to educate, advocate, delay the onset, and implement strategies to reduce youth substance use and its life-time consequences.
Our History: The coalition’s history demonstrates its progress toward becoming a viable coalition. In 2007 the Taylor County Health Department surveyed 780 residents for their opinions on health conditions and health priorities that had an impact on their lives. Of those responding, 81% agreed with the statement “People in Taylor County drink alcoholic beverages more than they should” and 85% agreed with the statement “People in Taylor County are affected by drug use or abuse.” A key result of the survey was the development of the Taylor County Alcohol and Other Drugs task force that focused on youth in the county. At that time, the membership included the health department, law enforcement, human services, health care and the school systems. The task force struggled with leadership and briefly disbanded. However; in March of 2012, with support from a DFC Mentor Grant, the Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners (TCDOP) met for the first time to address the issue of youth alcohol and drug use. One third of the original members from the task force returned and became active coalition members. These members came with commitment and experience that assisted the newly employed coalition facilitator to implement the DFC mentor goals of developing an effective coalition that would address the concern of youth alcohol and drug use in Taylor County. In September of 2015 TCDOP was awarded the Federal Drug Free Communities Grant, which will support setting new goals for Taylor County youth.
Our Framework: TCDOP’s organizational structure demonstrates a collaborative relationship between the coalition and the fiscal agent providing direction to the Coalition Project Coordinator and Coalition Project Assistant. The coalition coordinator is contracted 30 hours per week, and coalition assistant is contracted 20 hours per week, through the Taylor County Health Department, fiscal agent, to provide support and conduct the day-to day responsibilities of TCDOP including: communication, assuring the coalition activities align with achievement of the logic model and action plan goals, organizing and procuring training for the coalition, facilitating recruitment of community partners, scheduling of monthly meetings, attending all project meetings, including within the schools, and working closely with the fiscal agent to assure fiscal responsibility with respect to project goals. TCDOP determines specific initiatives that are assigned to subcommittees and spearheaded by a chairperson. The individual subcommittees meet outside the monthly coalition meetings to accomplish project goals. These subcommittees make autonomous decisions within identified parameters.
Research suggests the best way to successfully reduce any health related problem is to bring together the key stakeholders in a community to work together. Coalitions consist of local people solving local problems. TCDOP follows the key concepts of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to combat substance abuse.
SPF is built on a nationwide effort that builds the infrastructure necessary for effective and sustainable prevention. SPF is designed to impact population level change and is built on outcomes-based prevention, focusing on both consequences and consumption patterns for the entire lift span, rather than a particular age group. Population level change means that the focus is on entire population, such as entire communities. Cultural competence and sustainability must also be infused within the SPF five steps: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation and evaluation.
Our Goals: TCDOP goals are focused on the Drug Free Community Support Program grant goals.
Goals: 1) Increase community collaboration 2) Reduce youth substance use and delay onset through evidence based strategies
Here is some of the information that was collected from Taylor County Schools: The most recent Youth Risk Behavioral Survey was conducted in February 2016 - More information to come.
For more information, please contact TCDOP...
Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners Taylor County Court House 224 S. 2nd Street Medford, WI 54451 (715)748-1410