The primary goal of Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC) is to provide regional prevention services by engaging community members, local organizations, public agencies, youth and the media to change community conditions that contribute to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) related problems.
Studies around the country prove over and over again that we are able to prevent or mitigate the effects of mental illness and allow individuals to live fulfilling, productive lives in the community. From the influence of genetics and prenatal health all the way into early adulthood, we are learning more about the critical points in brain development and life experiences that increase the risk for or provide protection against the development of mental health and substance use disorders.
Prevention builds on strong communities to protect individuals from declines in mental health. Prevention also reduces substance use, improves education outcomes, and boosts work productivity. Because individuals don’t get sick and are able to stay engaged in the community, communities can have more control over their resources and help more people. Evidenced-based prevention efforts allows communities access to quality services and programs with tools that positively impact: