OUR HISTORY

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

Through the support of the Kansas SPF_SIG grant, the strategic prevention framework was utilized to specifically address the problem of underage drinking.

2007-2011

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:

  • Saturation Patrol

  • 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

2015

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.

2018

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.

2019

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.

2020

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

PARENT PROJECT CLASSES TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MEDIA RELEASE.

WELCOME TO THE 4TH ANNUAL CLAY CENTER CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

OUR KIDS COUNT! WEEKLY PARENTING TIPS, STRATEGIES, AND INFORMATION TO EMPOWER PARENTS OF ADOLESCENTS. SUBSCRIBE BELOW TO STAY UP TO DATE.

CLAY COUNTS COALITION TO RECEIVE SUPPORT TO IMPLEMENT OVERDOSE PREVENTION INITIATIVES. CHECK OUT THE FULL STORY HERE.

 
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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.