A grassroots effort to address underage substance abuse was started by Police Chief, Bill Robinson, and Mayor Sharon Brown. A passionate small group representing several sectors of the community began meeting to discuss needs and interventions.
Clay Counts begins - The group chose "Clay Counts" as a name to emphasize the focus of the coalition, which was to ensure the health and wellness of ALL Clay County citizens. The group was organized as a branch of the Clay County Health Department and promoted through a series of Town Hall Meetings.
Through the support of the Kansas SPF_SIG grant, the strategic prevention framework was utilized to specifically address the problem of underage drinking.
Activities to address underage drinking were in full swing with the hiring of two Project SUCCESS counselors who championed the initiatives. Some activities implemented during this time included:
Sticker Shock Campaign
Every 15 Minutes
Not In My House Campaign
Drug Testing in the schools
Student groups focusing on new students, children of alcoholics, and leadership.
Car Crash Simulation
Positive Addictions Month
Awareness Activities in the Schools
Suicide Prevention Activities Programs Grant provided support to address the needs of students regarding depression and suicide. As a result of this funding, the team developed policies and suicide protocol as well as various student interventions.
USD 379 added the position of a School, Community, and Family Connections Counselor to develop a community-wide, comprehensive approach to addressing the health and wellness of our youth.
Clay Counts was awarded a planning grant through the Kansas Prevention Collaborative to address underage alcohol use and suicide prevention through research-based interventions over the next three years.
Clay Counts earned a one-year, Opioid Data to Action (OD2A) grant to utilize a trauma-informed approach to addressing the opioid crisis in our community. This funding allowed us to provide a community resource fair, bring in a presenter to talk to students and community members about the stigma of depression, recruit and train a speakers bureau to visit with various groups in the community about trauma, and begin the implementation phase for the IRIS network.
Clay Counts was awarded a second OD2A grant to support a partnership with Riley County Corrections to support the new Drug Court community initiative and to further advance the implementation of the IRIS network.
NEWS & VIEWS
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Clay Counts is a coalition of individuals and organizations coming together from all sectors of the community to work together toward a common goal: to promote social, physical, and mental well-being for residents of Clay County.
The Clay Counts Coalition is always seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in our community. No experience is necessary.