TCDOP Vision: United Communities. Drug Free Youth.
TCDOP Mission: Our mission is to lower youth drug use in Taylor County through education, prevention, and promoting healthy life choices.
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
Our History: After the results of a 2007 survey on health priorities and concerns, the Taylor County Alcohol and Other Drugs task force was formed. The task force struggled with leadership and briefly disbanded. However, in March 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. In September 2015, TCDOP was awarded the Federal Drug Free Communities Grant, which will support setting new goals for Taylor County youth. In September 2018, Human Services took over the employment of staff for the coalition, and the Health Department remains as the fiscal agent.
Our Framework: 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. TCDOP follows this concept along with 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. 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.
Here is some of the information that was collected from Taylor County Schools: The most recent Youth Risk Behavioral Survey was conducted in February 2017
This website was developed in part under a grant number SPO-02905 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The views, policies, & opinions expressed are those of the TCDOP & do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS