Citizen Groups Enjoy More Support, Less Isolation, in Local War on Drugs

Coordinating community coalition participation outreach activities around HBO substance abuse specials

    • March 28, 2007

From 1991 to 2000 Join Together engaged in a wide range of activities designed to assist community-based groups in their efforts to reduce, prevent and improve treatment of substance abuse.

Key Results

  • Over the grant period, Join Together:

    • Produced four national surveys documenting community responses to substance abuse. Two key findings:
      • Communities in every state and of every size were mobilizing to fight substance abuse. More than 1,700 groups identified themselves as the leader or sponsor of a community coalition to fight substance abuse, as of 1992.
      • By 1998, 3,500 respondents felt less isolated and had better access to current information.
    • Chaired six national public policy panels to review current policy toward substance abuse prevention and treatment. Among the topics included:
      • Access to alcohol for underage drinkers.
      • Financing substance abuse services.
      • The justice system and substance abuse.
      • Substance abuse treatment and recovery.
    • Convened four national conferences to:
      • Train community groups in methods they can use to collect data and assess the specific substance abuse problems in their areas and the progress they had made.
      • Collect, analyze and disseminate the lessons learned from community efforts across the country to combat substance abuse.
    • Created an annual Join Together Fellows program, which brought together community-based leaders to train them in personal leadership development and strategic approaches to community problems.
    • Produced periodic reports associated with its surveys, policy panels and conferences, a quarterly newsletter and a monthly action kit designed to aid community groups.
    • Developed a website.