About

History of the Coalition:​

The Coalition has been an active partner in Jefferson County (JC) since 2009. Formerly the Jefferson County Anti-Drug Abuse Coalition, Inc., it became United Prevention Partnership - UPP in 2016. The Coalition began as a partnership between Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board and the Jefferson County Educational Service Center to bring attention to, educate the community about and address youth alcohol use. After an initial inter-agency partnership, the leadership team realized that to conquer the issues of youth alcohol use (and issues related to other substance abuse), it was necessary to branch out and develop a Community Coalition to conceive and implement a community-wide environmental approach.

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant :​

  • A Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among community groups or sectors. Each group retains its identity and agrees to work together toward a common goal.

  • The UPP Coalition will focus on two substances Alcohol and Tobacco with DFC funds. From assessing local Youth Survey data, there is a big issue with Jefferson County youth using Alcohol and Marijuana products. The county’s youth does not see these as harmful; they think using has no consequences. The coalition needs to educate on how harmful these substances are to them. The coalition also must educate our community of these findings and together we must find a way to prevent our youth from ever using these substances.

  • The purpose of the coalition and DFC funding is to address two major goals:

    • Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions

    • Reduce substance use among youth, and over time, among adults.

  • The program is funded by ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Prevention) and partners with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for day-to day management. Coalitions are responsible for achieving primary goals of the program, with CDC monitoring for success while providing technical assistance, consultation, and coordinating with the coalition on the execution of the project during the funding period.

  • Representatives from 12 sectors organize and meet to address local youth substance use. Together, as a coalition, they are driven by local conditions to implement local solutions that will build a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.

    • The 12 sectors are:​

      • Youth​

      • Parents

      • Business

      • Media

      • School

      • Youth-serving Organizations

      • Law Enforcement

      • Religious or Fraternal Organizations

      • Civic or Volunteer Groups

      • Healthcare Professional or Organizations

      • State, Local, and Tribal Government Agencies

      • Other Local Organizations Involved in Reducing Substance Use

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  • Coalitions’ activities are guided by the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change  These frameworks acknowledge that environmental contexts impact the risk of youth substance use. By understanding environmental contexts, coalitions can better address risk factors for youth substance use and ensure their communities are places where youth can thrive.  Ultimately, these strategic frameworks help coalitions limit access to substances, change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made and shift the consequences associated with substance use.

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  • UPP was awarded the DFC Grant on December 31, 2020. The United Prevention Partnership Coalition will focus on substance abuse prevention in our youth, with DFC funds. From assessing local Youth Survey data, there is a big issue with Jefferson County youth using alcohol and tobacco products. The county’s youth does not see these as harmful; they think using has substances have no consequences. The coalition needs to educate on how harmful these substances are to them. The coalition also must educate our community of these findings and together we must find a way to prevent our youth from ever using these substances. This is a community coalition made up of people/organizations ready to make a change in our community.

  • Family Recovery Center is the fiscal agent for the UPP Coalition. This Coalition meets quarterly at the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board. The coalition includes people from the 12 sectors of the community including, youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, other civic/volunteer groups, healthcare, state, local, or tribal government agencies, and other organizations that work at reducing substance abuse. Let’s work together to prevent drug use!

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The DFC grant is awarded by The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President. The mission of ONDCP is to reduce substance use disorder and its consequences by coordinating the nation’s drug control policy through the development and oversight of the National Drug Control Strategy and Budget.

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Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month from

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

at the
​Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board

524 Madison Avenue, Steubenville, OH

Everyone is welcome!

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