The PPAC Coalition was formed in 1998 in response to the growing needs for substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth and families. Representatives from 12 sectors came together to find a comprehensive approach to prevention initiatives that were evidenced-based and data-driven to address significant problems important to the community.
In 2001, Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ACASA) implemented the Risk and Protective Factor Surveys for 6, 8, 10, and 12th graders. These results would prove to be valuable for local school districts to begin to implement effective strategies. The steering committee then applied for the Drug-Free Communities Support Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was awarded a small grant to build a community coalition.
We had no idea the response would be so great! Our little rural community coalition grew to over 150 members strong with several projects implemented over the last decade. The coalition is made up of four subcommittees:
Projects have addressed issues such as underage drinking to community action to improve the overall environment for our kids, families, schools, and local towns and villages.
Over the years, we can see significant improvement. Prevention Really Does Work! It takes considerable commitment and belief in our programs and our youth, but we have come a long way and the results show it! PPAC is a strong and vibrant coalition.
Coalition Coordinator: Jonathan Chaffee
Phone: (585) 593-1920 ext.720
Website: PPAC Central
Facebook: PPAC Central