Prevention Resource Centers (PRC) are the primary source of technical assistance support for community coalitions. The goal of the PRC is to facilitate development of teams capable of making changes in substance use patterns in their community. Each PRC has a prevention specialist who works directly with the teams in his/her area and assists with the development of teams and coalitions in communities that desire to develop one.
The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is a resource center for alcohol and drug prevention services. This program and its resources can be used by any entity including school, business, industry, task force, coalition, and agency in New Madrid, Mississippi, Pemiscot, and Dunklin Counties. The prevention program challenges communities to see prevention as a long term solution to issues of drug use, to become familiar with the issues of alcohol and drug use, and to work toward a substance use free community. The PRC assist communities in their efforts to build and sustain resilient, drug-free families and communities. The PRC provides technical assistance, education, information, community based, alternative and environmental services including but not limited to prevention training, research, advocacy, and networking pertaining to substance use prevention.
In addition to their work with the community coalitions the PRC also participates in a statewide campaign providing educational visits to all merchants who sell tobacco products. This annual campaign takes place in the spring. Support staff provide updates on new laws, when applicable, organization of trainings, helpful tips and information on the prevention of sales to minors.
The PRC specifically provides Youth Mental First Aid Training upon need or request.
The PRC also hosts the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Impact Panel every other month.
The key functions of the PRC include:
Initiate community groups to develop action plans to address alcohol and other drug issues in communities.
Insist that children and adults receive clearly defined and consistent messages concerning alcohol and other drugs and their effects on body and life.
Organize and train population to become integral parts of the prevention climate
Develop, provide and support healthy alternatives to alcohol and other drug use
Develop and support comprehensive model prevention programs
Develop and provide technical assistance to all Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) registered Community 2000
Coalitions, local coalitions and or any other entity interested in prevention of alcohol and drug use in the designated area.
Conduct tobacco merchant education throughout the year including visits to vendors at least one (1) time per year
Develop and distribute legislative alerts through service area
Present Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Provide MADD Victim Impact Panels six (6) times a year
The Prevention Resource Centers (PRC) collects community contracts across the service area. These contracts represent a declaration of strong partnership to work toward the greater cause of alcohol and drug use prevention as well as other risky behaviors associate with substance abuse.
Current Community Collaboration/Partnerships
Kennett Chamber of Commerce Holcomb Police Department
Clarkton Police Department Malden Police Department
Kennett Police Department Campbell Police Department
Hornersville Police Department Charleston Police Department
Dunklin County Sherriff Dunklin County Juvenile Office
MADD of Bootheel New Madrid Resource Council
Dunklin County Caring Council Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium
Pemiscot County Initiative (P.I.N.) Mississippi County Resource Council
Mission Missouri Statewide Minority Health Alliance
East Prairie School District Southeast Maternal Child Family Health
Campbell R-2 School District Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start
New Madrid School District Bootheel Babies and Families
Pemiscot County Health Department Parent Link
New Madrid Health Department South Pemiscot School District
ACT Missouri Senath-Hornersville School District
East Prairie C2000 Kennett School District
Holcomb School District Clarkton School District
MISSOURI PREVENTION SCHOOL-BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND RESOURCES INITATIVE (New Madrid and East Prairie) MOSPIRIT
Missouri SPIRIT (School-based Initiative)
This program is designed to support the development and implementation of a continuum of substance use prevention services in all public school grades kindergarten through 12. Initially a pilot test for three (3) years the initiative’s concepts, models and implement was taking place in five (5) school districts starting in the 2001 – 02 school year; Family Counseling Center, Inc.’s site is New Madrid R-1 and East Prairie R-1 School Districts.
The goals of the program include:
To maximize every school-aged child’s readiness to learn as a result of being free from the harmful effects of alcohol and substance abuse;
To delay age of first use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs;
To promote safety in Missouri’s classrooms by reducing the incidence of substance abuse and related acts of violence;
To strengthen and support families in order to minimize the risks for youth substance abuse;
To intervene early with children at greatest risk for substance abuse;
To refer children with substance abuse problems to appropriate treatment services to prevent further adverse consequences;
To ensure that strategies for school-based services are cost-effective, with measurable goals and outcomes.
Services are available to the students and teachers of New Madrid R-1 school district and East Prairie Middle School students and teachers.
Services may be rendered to the specific population within any school building or school function within the New Madrid R-1 School District and the East Prairie School District
Days and Hours of Service
Monday-Friday 8-4pm and by appointment
Frequency of Services
Services are rendered according to schedules compiled by prevention staff , New Madrid Co School District and East Prairie School District staff.
Payer sources and fees/Financial Responsibility
All services are rendered free and are funded through the Missouri Department of Behavoiral Health
New Madrid R-1 School District and East Prairie School Districts are the only populations served within this program; referral to specific program is not necessary.