Substance Abuse Prevention Services (Rise Above Alcohol & Drugs) – Arkansas Takeback

Substance Abuse Prevention Services (Rise Above Alcohol & Drugs)

“Growing up in a home where I was exposed to these things, I have dedicated my life to helping and serving people to make the right decisions when it comes to choosing a drug & alcohol free life.” — Tyler M. Kennamer, Two Rivers Youth Coalition President, FBLA Chapter President, CSU Chapter President & Two Rivers Business Director

What is RAAD?

RAAD is Arkansas’ new substance prevention campaign encouraging youth & young adults to Rise Above Alcohol and Drugs! 

Arkansas’ RAAD campaign is a comprehensive statewide effort designed to share drug prevention information with community stakeholders, school leaders, faith-based groups and business leaders alike. The goal of RAAD is to create curriculum and data driven messages engrossed in activity centered around changed behavior.

Additionally, there’s a collective effort to correct misconceptions and stigma surrounding alcohol and drug misuse by promoting messages through community-wide electronic and print media.

RAAD not only focuses on environmental influences but also interpersonal influences by including community coalitions in the work.

 
[RAAD is managed by the Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services.]

Substance Misuse Prevention

Prevention Services focus on deterring the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth and reducing substance abuse risk factors for adolescents, families and communities. The goal of Prevention Services is to change perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and local conditions that increase the risk of substance misuse.

Prevention Services:

  • Coordinates with the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council, which consists of diverse stakeholders and agencies, who provide guidance on the development and implementation of a strategic prevention plan;
  • Maintains the Prevention Resource Clearinghouse which provide educational materials and information relevant to maintaining healthy living – free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and reducing factors that place youth, families and communities at risk;
  • Brings substance misuse information and educational resources directly to communities through the use of the Rise Above Alcohol and Drugs (RAAD) Mobilizer vehicle;
  • Provides training and technical assistance for youth, families, schools and communities in the use of evidence-based strategies, and best prevention practices to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug misuse;
  • Oversees contracting and funding with the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) & Partnerships for Success Grant (PFS) with the assistance from University of Arkansas Little Rock MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training;
  • Works with 13 diverse prevention providers and lead agencies to distribute SABG and PFS grant funding to populations and communities at high-risk;
  • Prevention Services is also responsible for managing programs which prevent and reduce tobacco use among youth and ensures compliance with federal and state laws.

What is RAAD?

RAAD is the overarching theme for Substance Abuse Prevention in Arkansas encouraging everyone to Rise Above Alcohol & Drugs!

Arkansas’ RAAD campaign is a comprehensive statewide effort designed to share drug prevention information with community stakeholders, school leaders, faith-based groups and business leaders alike. The goal of RAAD is to create curriculum and data driven messages engrossed in activity centered around changed behavior.

Additionally, there’s a collective effort to correct misconceptions and stigma surrounding alcohol and drug misuse by promoting messages through community-wide electronic and print media.

RAAD not only focuses on environmental influences but also interpersonal influences by including community coalitions in the work.

 
RAAD is managed by the Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services, Substance Abuse Prevention.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. RAAD Team at Parkview High School
Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. Morrilton High School hosts THV 11 & RAAD
Friday, October 22 It’s RAAD Day at Jonesboro High School
Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arkansas Drug Take Back Day

 

Prevention Programs

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse (CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) make available allotments each year to U.S. States through the funding of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants (SABG). By law, states are required to “set-aside” and direct at least 20% of the SABG funds toward Primary Prevention programs.

In order to sustain that coordinated effort, the prevention section of the Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services funds:

For more information about Substance Abuse Block Grant, click here.

For more information call (501) 686-9030.

The Arkansas Collegiate Network (ACN) is Arkansas’ official collegiate coalition committed to addressing substance misuse at every institution of higher education in Arkansas. Currently the Arkansas Collegiate Network is comprised of 46 representatives from 12 institutions. These 12 institutions and 46 representatives make up the core team of the coalition. As such, they are helping lay the foundation for ACN.

It is the mission of the Arkansas Collegiate Network to empower campus leaders to be effective in their efforts to address substance misuse to create a healthier Arkansas.

Arkansas Collegiate Network’s vision is to be a coalition of student, faculty and staff leaders networking to address substance misuse at institutions of higher education in Arkansas.

For more information call (501) 686-9030.

In October 2019 the University of Arkansas Little Rock/MidSouth Center for prevention and training received funding from the Arkansas Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services to implement Partnerships for Success grant from the federal government. The Partnerships for Success grant is focused on reducing underage drinking and marijuana use among youth age 9-20. For more information call (501) 686-9030.

Launched in October 2016, the Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths grant program is intended to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and related adverse events among people ages 18 and older. The program provides the opportunity for states, selected counties, and jurisdictions that receive Substance Abuse Block Grant Funding to train first responders and other key community sectors to prevent prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implement secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders. For more information about Naloxone and to download the NARCANsas app, click here. For information about the Joshua Ashley-Pauley Act “Good Samaritan” law click here.

For more information call (501) 686-9030.

In response to the national opioid epidemic, under the direction of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Dr. Jeanne Wei and Dr. Gohar Azhar, the O.P.A.L. Program is providing adults age 55 and older an opportunity to learn more about opioid pain medications, non-opioid pain medications and integrative medicine therapies like Tai Chi, Yoga, mindfulness meditation and other therapies for the management of chronic pain. Nurse educators are also providing education on opioid use disorder (OUD), a pattern of opioid use that can lead to serious impairment or distress. Classes are open now on “Understanding Opioid Pain Medication: Information for Mature Adults and Caregivers”.

If you are an adult age 55 and want to participate in this study or want more information about the program, contact Regina V. Gibson, PhD, MALS, RN at 501.686.7316 or Leaann Mercer, BSN, RN at 501.526.6388.

For more information call (501) 686-9030.

The mission of the Department of Human Services and the State Drug Directors Office is to Stop Stigma and change attitudes in Arkansas by securing the commitment of changing our words. By signing onto our campaign, you will increase awareness in your community and utilize the information and resources we have available. Stigma often keeps people from seeking treatment. To download graphics, press release example, PowerPoint slides, and a PDF with information about what  The Pledge is and what we can provide to you can be downloaded here. For more information call (501) 686-9030.

Click on the Region Link to download information.

                                       

For more information call (501) 686-9030.

 

     Meet the Prevention Team

 

Tenesha Barnes

Tenesha Barnes serves as Director of Substance Abuse Prevention for Arkansas Department of Human Services/Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services (DHS-DAABHS) and the Arkansas Drug Director’s Office.

Joycelyn Pettus

An advocate for community involvement, Joycelyn plays an integral part in statewide prevention services through the Regional Prevention Representatives.

Trevor Villines

As the Substance Abuse Collegiate Program Coordinator, Trevor guides the Arkansas Collegiate Network program. He is zealous to prevent substance misuse on college campuses and to Save AR Students!

Kareba Tate

Kareba’s passion is building program infrastructure through education, compliance and people. She has a lot of  experience to bring to the Prevention Team, and she’s dedicated to helping people of Arkansas.

Helenia Valencino

Helenia is a Navy veteran, a licensed nurse, a community volunteer, a long-time DHS employee and she grew up in a famous area. Read her bio to find out more about Helenia!

Kymala Calloway

Kymala serves as a Grant Analyst and is responsible for numerous prevention contracts, subgrants, and more. You’ll often see her at the RAAD program booths, and we encourage you to stop and speak with her. 

Amanda Hubbard

Amanda is the State Opioid Response Coordinator and works with team OPAL (Opioid Prevention for Aging and Longevity) from UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Virginia Stanick

Her professional interests and experience are diverse, including human electrophysiology, neuropsychology, and integrative/behavioral medicine, but the majority of her career …

Regional Prevention Providers (Substance Abuse Block Grant)

The Regional Prevention Providers bring substance use information and resources directly to all 75 counties through the 13 Regional Prevention Representatives (RPRs) covering all races, ages, and all substances for the entire state, through the Prevention allotment of the federally funded Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG). The RPRs maintain a Prevention Resource Clearinghouse with information and educational materials on maintaining healthy living free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and reducing individual, family, and community risk factors. The RPRs provide training and technical assistance to the community in use of evidence-based prevention strategies and practices to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse.

Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties

614 E. Emma Avenue, Suite M426

Springdale, AR 72764

(479) 927-2655

Click here for Region 1 Coalitions

Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy counties

North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education

620 N. Main, Suite 4312

Harrison, AR 72601

870-365-6518

Cindy DeWitt – [email protected]

Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White and Woodruff counties

25 Gap Road

Batesville, AR 72501

(501) 547-3513 ext. 28008

Margaret Morrison – [email protected]

Barbara Hacker – [email protected]

Shawn Vonwiller – [email protected]

Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph counties

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council

2401 Fox Meadows Lane

Jonesboro, AR 72404

(870) 933-0033

Dr. Lisa Perry – [email protected]

Deonna Vincent – [email protected]

Linda Williams – [email protected]

Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian

Harbor House Inc. (Harbor & Gateway Recovery Centers)

1101 North 10th Street

Fort Smith, AR 72901

Tabitha Fondren – (479) 652-5072 or [email protected]

Katie Priest – (479) 259-5549 or [email protected]

Conway, Faulkner, Johnson, Perry, Pope, and Yell counties

Community Service Inc.

100 South Cherokee

Morrilton, AR 72110

Mailing Address: PO BOX 679, Morrilton, AR 72110

(501) 354-4589

Shannon Cook – [email protected]

Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, Regional Prevention Program

593 Highway 243

Marianna, AR 72360

(870) 298-2249

Kendon Gray: [email protected]

Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, and Pike counties

Ouachita Children, Youth & Family Services

339 Charteroak

Hot Springs, AR 71901

(501) 623-5591

Anthony Tidwell: [email protected]

Parker Hutson: [email protected]

Saline, Pulaski, Lonoke, and Prairie counties

Family Service Agency

628 West Broadway Street, Suite 300

North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 372-4242

Hayse Miller: [email protected] or (501) 372-4242 ext. 752

Genine Perez: [email protected] or (501) 372-4242

Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, and Sevier counties

Harbor House

4425 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102

Texarkana, AR 71854

(501) 517-1862

Trena Goings: [email protected]

Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita, Nevada, and Union counties

Harbor House

124 S. Jackson Street, Suite 411

Magnolia, AR 71754

(870) 901-3551

Tamara Iverson: [email protected]

 

Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson, & Lincoln counties

Community Empowerment Council Inc.

4701 Dollarway Road

Pine Bluff, AR 71602

(870) 536-8500

Tanisha Lewis: [email protected]

Jermaine Anderson: [email protected]

Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties

Phoenix Youth & Family Services

310 North Alabama Street

Crossett, AR 71635

(870) 364-1676

Roshunda Davis-Johnson: [email protected]

Laurie Reh has served as a Regional Prevention Specialist  since 1995, and coordinates the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment School Survey Process in Region 1. In 2015, she was awarded the Arkansas Prevention Network Jim Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for displaying outstanding work in the prevention field.

Read more about Laurie here.

Laurie Reh

Regional Prevention Specialist, Region 1

Deb Crawford has more than 43 years of experience in the Prevention field. Previously, she was a teacher in the Little Rock & El Dorado School Districts, & served as the Safe & Drug Free School’s Coordinator in El Dorado. In 2010, she was honored by her peers with the Arkansas Prevention Network’s Jim Smith Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more about Deb here.

Deb Crawford

Regional Lead Representative, Region 1

Chrissie Larchéz is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and she has worked in the substance abuse field since 2000. She volunteers for many coalitions and with the Ignite Youth Prevention Coalition in Boone County. Chrissie is working to become a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Read more about Chrissie here.

Chrissie Larchéz

Regional Prevention Representative, Region 2

Regional Lead Providers (Partnerships For Success Grant)

The Regional Lead Agencies bring substance misuse information and resources on underage drinking and marijuana (Specifically ages 9-20) use directly to all 75 counties. This is accomplished by way of the 13 Regional Lead Agencies (RLAs) across Arkansas.

These RLAs are federally funded through the Partnerships for Success grant (PFS). Just like the Regional Prevention Providers, the RLAs also maintain a Prevention Resource Clearinghouse with information and educational materials on maintaining healthy living free of alcohol and marijuana use, thus reducing individual, family, and community risk factors.

The RLAs also provide training and technical assistance to the community in use of evidence-based prevention strategies and practices to reduce underage drinking and marijuana use among youth ages 9-20.

Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties

Northwest Arkansas Tobacco and Drug Free Coalition

614 E. Emma Avenue, Suite 300

Springdale, AR 72764

(479) 751-7417 ext. 6011

Deb Crawford: [email protected]

Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy counties

North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education

620 N. Main West Tower Room 4134

Harrison, AR 72601

870-416-2039

Jennifer Wilson: [email protected]

Daniel Dillard: [email protected]

Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White and Woodruff counties

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council – Regional Prevention Program

2000 McClain Street, Building 1 Suite C

Newport, AR 72112

(870) 273-2921

 

Stacy Taylor

(870) 520-0713

[email protected]

Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph counties

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council – Regional Prevention Program

2401 Fox Meadow Lane

Jonesboro, AR 72404

(870) 933-0033

Juan Sheppard

[email protected]

Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian

Harbor House Inc. (Harbor & Gateway Recovery Centers)

1101 North 10th Street, Suite C

Fort Smith, AR 72901

(479) 785-4083 ext. 212 or 204

Jadyn Ketter

(479) 259-3393

[email protected]

Conway, Faulkner, Johnson, Perry, Pope, and Yell counties

Conway County Community Service Inc. 

100 South Cherokee

Morrilton, AR 72110

Mailing Address: PO BOX 679, Morrilton, AR 72110

(501) 977-3088

Kelli Bingham

[email protected]

Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council – Regional Prevention Program

593 Highway 243

Marianna, AR 72360

Marquisha Applewhite

(870) 520-8286

[email protected]

Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, and Pike counties

Ouachita Children, Youth & Family Services

339 Charteroak

Hot Springs, AR 71901

(501) 623-5592 or (501) 623-5591

 

Ashley Thompson

(501) 282-6211

[email protected]

Saline, Pulaski, Lonoke, and Prairie counties

Women’s Council on African American Affairs, Inc.

2416 South Chester Street

Little Rock, AR 72206

(501) 372-3800 or (501) 352-4325

 

Morgan Jackson

(501) 372-3800

[email protected]

Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, and Sevier counties

Harbor House, Inc. Harbor & Gateway Recovery Centers

4425 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102

Texarkana, AR 71854

(479) 785-4083 or (501) 547-0785

 

Kita Cantu

[email protected]

Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita, Nevada, and Union counties

Harbor House, Inc. Harbor & Gateway Recovery Centers

124 S. Jackson Street, Suite 411

Magnolia, AR 71754

(870) 901-3551

 

Alex Smith

[email protected]

Alex Smith Bio

Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties

Community Empowerment Council, Inc. 

1711 S. Ohio Street

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

(870)  536-8484

 

Tempest Alexander

(870) 329-3016

[email protected]

Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties

Phoenix Youth & Family Services

310 North Alabama Street

Crossett, AR 71635

(870)  364-1676 ext. 3

 

Nikkia Davidson

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

The Prevention Resource Centers:

Regional Prevention Centers are conveniently located throughout the area serving residents in 75 counties of the 13 regional areas.

The Regional Prevention Representative/Centers are dynamic areas designed to strengthen the community’s capacity to prevent and curtail the use of drugs at the local level.  Each center focuses on building collaborations and partnership within the regions and promoting healthy drug -free living.

The staff at each regional area Center works with communities and neighborhoods to provide substance abuse education, engages community leaders, youth and families in taking action to reduce the risks and use of ATOD and addresses local conditions and elements that lead to substance abuse.

In order to sustain that coordinated effort, the prevention section of the Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services funds:

 

 

 

 

 

Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits

Project Prevent – Arkansas Children’s Hospital