ASAP of Anderson works toward population level substance misuse prevention by incorporating a comprehensive and complementary approach to
The Seven Strategies for Community Change.
- Providing Information – education, presentations, printed media and media campaigns (e.g.: I AM ONE media campaign promoting Tennessee’s Social Host Liability Law, promotion of drug disposal locations)
- Building Skills – workshops and training classes (e.g.: responsible alcohol sales classes, drug-free workplace trainings, parent classes)
- Providing Support – providing positive alternative activities, mentoring, referrals, support groups and clubs (e.g.: ASAP Youth Ambassadors, tips for parents and teens, age verification materials for businesses)
- Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers – increasing opportunities to utilize systems and services (e.g.: providing treatment referrals, medication disposal events)
- Changing Consequences – increasing the likelihood of good behavior and decreasing the likelihood of bad behavior (e.g.: fine structure for businesses that sell alcohol to minors, reward responsible businesses)
- Physical Design – modifying the physical design of the environment (e.g.: park signage, permanent medication disposal bins at police departments and pharmacies)
- Modifying/Changing Policy – formal changes in laws or rules and encouraging enforcement of existing regulations (e.g.: mandatory training for clerks who sell alcohol, mandatory I.D. checks for those purchasing alcohol)
Recovery & Resilience
The Anderson County R2: Recovery & Resilience Program’s goals are to provide participants, along with their families, the educational tools and support you will need in order to make positive lifestyle changes. These tools will assist in breaking the cycle of substance use/misuse and crime. Drug addiction rehabilitation requires the cooperation of the entire family and you and your family will be held accountable for your actions. The program will assist in reaching this goal by providing the following services:
- Judicial Supervision
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Family Support
- Probation Supervision
- Intensive Case Management
- Training and Educational Services
- Random Drug Screening
- Family Needs Assessment
All of the above services are intended to help create a better and more stable lifestyle. Participants and their families will be expected to follow the rules of the program outlined by the R2: Recovery & Resilience Program Team and the Judge. These requirements are in addition to your probation and case management requirements. Participants will also be responsible for complying with treatment plans developed by a treatment provider. All participants will be provided the educational tools needed to successfully obtain a drug free lifestyle, be a productive family member and citizen, attend school, follow house rules, make good grades, and abstain from alcohol and drug use.
This program is not easy. It requires many hours of participation by the juvenile and their families; however, you will have help from the R2: Recovery & Resilience Program Team, Judge, Probation Officer, and Case Manager. The amount of time the participant spends in the program will be up to the participant. Failure to abide by rules can prevent you from progressing to the next phase.
SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use. (SAMHSA, HRSA)
SBIRT CONSISTS OF THREE MAJOR COMPONENTS:
Screening — a healthcare professional assesses a patient for risky substance use behaviors using standardized screening tools. Screening can occur in any healthcare setting
Brief Intervention — a healthcare professional engages a patient showing risky substance use behaviors in a short conversation, providing feedback and advice
Referral to Treatment — a healthcare professional provides a referral to brief therapy or additional treatment to patients who screen in need of additional services
In order to propagate SBIRT use, CIHS compiled an array of information and tools to guide implementation of SBIRT in any community health setting.
I AM ONE
On September 8, 2017, the Anderson County community came together to celebrate the work that has been done to reduce underage drinking and launch the I AM ONE campaign to the entire community.
The I AM ONE campaign was created by a collaboration among the Anderson County Underage Drinking Task Force partners, ASAP (Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention) of Anderson County, and ASAP Youth Ambassadors. For the past few years, the I AM ONE campaign has focused on educating youth that in fact, a majority of their peers choose not to use alcohol and asking them to proclaim “I AM ONE who will not drink underage” as well as asking adults to commit to saying “I AM ONE who will not provide alcohol to minors.” At the event, everyone in Anderson County was urged to say “I AM ONE” and do their part to be proactive against underage drinking and other substance misuse in the community.
Stephanie Strutner explained that each community member plays an important role in protecting our young people. Law enforcement agencies and first responders are participating in campaigns, facilitating medication disposal, and conducing compliance check; the Anderson County Health Department collaborates on campaign messages; school systems are participating in the organization of educational opportunities for students, including the upcoming Blake McMeans presentation; youth ambassadors are taking a leadership role in their community; businesses are maintaining compliance with underage drinking laws and for training your employees in responsible alcohol sales; elected officials are being proactive by adopting policies to establish a community infrastructure that supports healthy behaviors; parents in are having open communication with their children and committing to never provide alcohol to a minor. These are just a few of the examples of the work that is being done and this work has paid off.
Eight years ago, underage drinking was identified as a primary concern in Anderson County. At that time, 1 in 5 adolescents engaged in underage drinking every month, but because of those community efforts, the rate of Anderson County students who say they have drank in the past 30 days when surveyed has decrease by over 57%; however, to ensure that needle continues to move in the right direction the community must come together as one. This effort is supported by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as local support.
Anderson County High School Student and ASAP Youth Ambassador, Ally Perry, explained the I AM ONE campaign is important and urged everyone to join the movement. Local law enforcement including the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Norris Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, Oliver Springs Police Department, Rocky Top Police Department, 7th Judicial District Crime Task Force, and Clinton Fire Department showed their support for this campaign by applying the I AM ONE decal to their vehicles and officially unveiled them to the community. Local business, agencies, and individuals at the event were also able to proclaim “I AM ONE” and receive a decal to place on their business or vehicle.
There are six permanent disposal bins are located throughout Anderson County at the following locations. These bins offer a safe option for residents to dispose of unused or unwanted medicine seven days a week and is accessible 24 hours a day. The bins accept unwanted, expired, or otherwise unused medications; antibiotics/steroids; cold and flu medications; vitamins/herbal supplements; pet medications; medication samples; medicated ointments and lotions; and unused sharps (epinephrine, unused pricking devices).