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 Regional Prevention Coordinators

What is a Region?

A region is a geographical unit used by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to describe the service area for the block grant/state appropriated funded projects.  There are 17 regions in the state of Oklahoma.  Each region has its own Regional Prevention Coordinator and is comprised of one or more counties.  Wichita Mountains Prevention Network has been assigned Region 10 and Region 11.  In support of ODHMSAS' mission to promote healthy communities, each of the state's Regional Prevention Coordinators provides assistance by engaging in community-based services, environmental strategies, early identification of risk factors, and providing its region with invaluable resources.

Our Regional Prevention Services

We identify contributing factors in our region that cause alcohol and drug misuse related problems and work to promote preventative measures to reduce the risk of substance abuse.

 

We accomplish this by:

  • Partnering with local organizations, public agencies, community members, and the media to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy.

  • Educating the community on Responsible Beverage Service and Sales (RBSS).  We also assist with Alcohol Compliance Checks.

  • Collaborating with Regional Epidemiological Outcome Workgroups (REOW) to collect, analyze, and report data on alcohol and drug consumption to improve prevention practices.

  • Utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to assess, plan, and implement approaches to treatment that are validated by documented research evidence.

  • Working with organizations to develop and/or enhance policies surrounding prescription medications and responsible alcohol consumption.

  • Cooperating with local coalitions to communicate efforts, allocate resources, and help stimulate community members to get involved with prevention efforts.

  • Conducting Community Readiness Interviews to determine a community's readiness and capacity to address substance abuse issues.

  • Informing the community on safe storage and disposal of prescription medications and hosting Prescription Take-Back Events.

Strategic Prevention Framework