Here's a little history about us and what we do.
The all-volunteer White Mountain Coalition Against Meth Abuse began in Autumn 2003 with Debe Campbell’s vision to educate citizens and raise awareness of the impact of drugs, methamphetamine in particular. A total of $85,000 state grant funds were attained from 2006 to 2009, specifically for coalition building and methamphetamine-awareness.
A part-time Coalition Director was hired in 2007 to structure and oversee the organization. Education, outreach and town halls were the strategy for delivering substance abuse prevention awareness to the community. Barriers to the group efforts included: a) limited resources and limited time contribution from an all-volunteer coalition; b) projects addressed the awareness level of community involvement only in methamphetamines; c) vast differences in the needs of a wide geographic area and d) limited community buy-in to work with the coalition members.
As the Coalition leaders reviewed the results of Arizona Youth Surveys conducted bi-annually by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission it became clear that a wider focus on youth substance use and abuse was needed. The primary state funding required focus solely on preventing the use and abuse of meth. Through data analysis and working within the community, the Coalition leaders realized that working with youth to reduce drug use also would impact adults, with the desired outcome of adult usage being reduced, also. One way the Coalition responded to changing community situations was with a focus on the emerging and quickly growing occurrences of the abuse of “legal” (synthetics and prescription) drugs among youth and anticipating a community shift in marijuana risk perception with the advent of Medical Marijuana in Arizona in April 2011.
In 2013, the Coalition was awarded a federal Drug Free Communities Grant for five years. This infusion allowed the organization to hire a full-time DFC Program Coordinator. Narrowing the target focus area to the Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside communities allows the outreach work to be more focused.
The Coalition continues to be headed by a full-time Director – Vicky Solomon, part-time Coordinator – Brenda Willis, Administrator – Debe Robertson & Consultants (paid through the DFC grant), overseen by non-profit Friends of the Coalition Board of Directors. Activities are decided and driven through monthly Steering Committee meetings involving members of the Board, the Director, representatives from the 12 sectors and other community members comprising a “Steering Committee”. Strategies and programs are developed in these meetings and feed into the annual objectives and strategies, approved by SAMHSA oversight, to be carried out by the staff, committee members and other volunteers.
Among the coalition’s accomplishments to date:
- Cooperated with local law enforcement to pass new Social Hosting ordinance for the City of Show Low in 2009
- Since 2011, quarterly community prescription Drug Take-Back programs garner an average of 500 pounds of returned drugs per year
- 2013 & 2014, MedReturn prescription drug takeback units placed at police stations in Show Low & Pinetop-Lakeside available 24/7/365
- Mpowrd/Mpact Teen Leadership program in the Junior High Schools
- Annual participation in the White Mountain Safety Village, educating over 2,000 youth in the month of October.
- For eleven consecutive summers, conducted 2-week summer day camps for youth, dedicated to goal setting, improving self-confidence, making good choices, drug prevention, community service and having caring adults in their lives. This Junior
- Leadership Academy has grown from one school district with 18 participants, to up to three school districts with up to 90 annual youth participants.
- Working with the AZ Department of Liquor educating youth about the laws of under-age drinking
- Partnering with High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) for staff, law officers, schools training
The Organizations Under the Non-Profit Umbrella
Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., is the non-profit umbrella for projects including NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition, White Mountain Junior Leadership Academy (JLA), White Mountain Youth Alliance, student-led Mpowrd Teen AA group, Mpact Youth Leadership program and other pro-youth education activities clustered around youth substance abuse prevention in the White Mountain area.
The overarching goal is to engage the community to respond to substance abuse issues by implementing strategies that transform community attitudes, perceptions and policies. Organizing environmental change helps to create a substance-free environment for youth. We are dedicated to focus prevention efforts on under-age drinking, prescription drugs and marijuana.
Our non-profit is a recipient of the 719 Federal Drug-Free Community Coalition grants in the US. We welcome community members, parents, youth and local business organizations to get involved with our community environment changes based off of the Strategic Prevention Framework, for a healthier drug-free community. Please attend our monthly Steering Committee Meeting.
NCDP Steering Committee
Youth (persons <= 18 years of age): Emilia Banuelos
Parents: Beth Schimmel, Heather Lucas
Business: Robert Pico (Insurance) and Navajo County Public Health: Michele Sgambelluri
Media: White Mountain Independent – Wiley Acheson
Schools: BRHS Counselor Jill Stidham, SLJH Judy Evans, Principal Mindy Savoia/Sequoia
Youth-serving organizations: Rick Schmidt – Young Marines
Law enforcement agencies: SLPD SROs Troy Eberline and Casey Ellsworth
Religious or fraternal organizations: Mary Jeanne Monroe
Civic and volunteer groups: BRHS SADD Debbie and Sequoia SADD Elizabeth
Trent Clatterbuck – NC Medical Investigator
Avis Davis-Brown – Summit Healthcare Pharmacy Director
Dr. Tom Barela
State, local or tribal agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse: Barry Yoyhoeoma
Other organizations: Navajo County Juvenile Probation – Lynda Wilson, Town of Pinetop – Matthew Williams
BRUSD Teacher, JLA Director, Founder
Treasurer / Secretary
BRUSD Teacher, JLA Director
JLA Director; Founder
BRUSD retired teacher
Dr. Thomas Barela
Dr. Jose Garcia
Mary Jeanne Munroe
Melissa M Starkel
Clinical Social Worker
AS Executive Director
Stephanie G. Irwin
William L. Brown
FRIENDS SEEK BOARD CANDIDATES
The non-profit Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., seeks expressions of interest for candidates to sit on the Board of Directors. Interested individuals should email the organizations Executive Director with letter of interest and resume. email@example.com
The Board meets quarterly to oversee the operation of Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP), a federally-funded Drug Free Community Coalition. Previous meeting minutes and financial statements are available through Finances in the menu below.