Training and Technical Assistance for Regional Prevention Coalitions
Building Capacity for a Stronger Prevention Field in New Jersey
Across New Jersey, prevention organizations have come together to form 17 strong, regional coalitions funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to identify and create positive environmental changes to impact substance abuse issues pertinent to their specific region based on four state-identified priorities which include:
1. Underage drinking
2. Illegal drug use/misuse
3. Prescription drug abuse
4. New and emerging drugs
As a prevention organization with a state-wide vantage point, the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) is uniquely qualified to connect and support these regional coalitions. NJPN staff has actively participated in all levels and types of prevention, from grassroots community-based program implementation to county coalitions to statewide prevention initiatives. Guided by national research as well as our own experiences, NJPN facilitates, participates in and provides technical assistance and support to the 17 coalitions.
NJPN works with each regional coalition to successfully assess data, determine consumption patterns and consequences, prioritize needs, and develop a comprehensive strategic plan and logic model specific to their region and based upon relevant topics as guided by the four state-identified priorities.
NJPN collects and assesses the focus of each coalition to determine training needs. Common interventions are identified and coalitions are grouped into Learning Communities to troubleshoot like issues and expand resources. Of the four state priorities, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse interventions are shared most frequently among coalitions.
NJPN customizes technical assistance services to complement the priorities of each region and the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process. NJPN has a clear understanding of the SPF and has been utilizing this process in the development and implementation of prevention work since it was introduced by CSAP. NJPN works to strengthen each coalition by providing comprehensive training on CADCA’s Core Competencies, which include each step of the SPF process, cultural competence and project sustainability as well as environmental programs and strategies.
“Members of each regional coalition bring to the table a diverse set of skills and resources aimed at reaching similar goals across the state. NJPN is committed to advancing their efforts by strengthening each regional coalition through training sessions, collaboration, and technical assistance,” says Diane Litterer, NJPN CEO and Executive Director.