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1 Community Forum: Youth Substance Abuse Programs and Funding Request March 6, 2014

2 History 1981 SADD is formed 2005 Metro West Grant 2008 Drug-Free Communities Grant 2009 WaylandCares

3 Why a community coalition? A multi-strategy, comprehensive, collaborative approach is most effective Individual, family and community-based Environmental strategies are key Aimed at community conditions, standards, institutions, structures and policies Especially effective at reducing access and availability Coalitions can select and implement a full array of evidence-based programs

4 The Need 27% of WHS students and 38% of seniors used alcohol in the past 30 days 22% of them binged (5+ drinks in a couple hours) 15% of WHS students rode with a driver who had been drinking 14% of WHS students used marijuana in the past 30 days Source: 2012 Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey

5 WaylandCares Programs Change community norms, attitudes, behaviors, systems and environments Community norms campaign Provide information and enhance skills PSA s, workshops, websites, campaigns, brochures, training Provide opportunities that reduce risk or enhance protection Alternative activities, parent groups Coordinate policies for enforcement and prevention Barriers to use Consequences Review and measure results according to industry-standard metrics Usage rates Youth perception of harm

6 Other Wayland Prevention Activities School health and wellness curricula Life Skills, AlcoholEdu Mock car crash Post-incident parent meetings and discussion forums SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) WHS substance abuse policy for extra-curricular participation Late Night, post-football game activities Youth Diversion Program Intervention for first-time offenders Youth officer program Counseling, discussion groups, speakers Medical marijuana regulations, zoning TIPS and other liquor license rule enforcement

7 Accomplishments Current Alcohol Use 45 Current Marijuana Use 35 Percent of Students Percent of Students Wayland Emerson towns MetroWest towns Source: 2012 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey

8 Other Trends Compared to Wayland: Metrowest averages are: Lifetime alcohol use: Metrowest 14% higher 30-day alcohol use: 22% higher Binge drinking: 40% higher Driving after drinking: 49% higher Lifetime marijuana use: 49% higher 30-day marijuana use: 56% higher Driving after using marijuana: 54% higher Compared to Wayland: Weston, Wellesley, Lincoln- Sudbury, Natick are: 30-day alcohol use: other towns 16-61% higher 30-day marijuana use: % higher

9 Why a Petitioner s Article? Federal DFC grant expired last fall Last year s funding proposal was removed from the budget at ATM ATM directed the BOS to come back with a plan, but the review committee was unable to submit a plan The 2nd committee agreed: The work has value and should continue Paid professionals are critical to success Wayland Youth and Family Services is the best home

10 Youth Advisory Committee BOS WYFS Director Proposed Structure WaylandCares Executive Committee Prevention Specialist Admin Staff Asst. Director WaylandCares Coalition Volunteers = New position

11 Action Plan Continue programming aimed at youth, parents and the broader community Continue leveraging other town efforts Transition from project-based to ongoing organization

12 Budget Salary $59,500* Fringe $20,300* Training/Travel $4,300 Supplies $300 Contract Personnel $2,000 Other $2,000 Total Budget $88,400 * Includes Prevention Specialist, youth advisors, and WY&FS staff adjustments

13 Questions?

14 MWAHS Metrowest Towns Algonquin Ashland (2013) Assabet Valley Bellingham Blackstone Valley Dover-Sherborn Framingham Franklin Holliston Hopkinton Hudson Keefe Tech King Philip Lincoln-Sudbury Marlborough Medfield (2013) Medway Milford Millis Natick (2012) Needham Wayland Wellesley Westborough

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