Unity Not Easy in San Jose, Even When Fighting Substance Abuse

Fighting Back: Community Initiatives to Reduce Demand for Illegal Drugs and Alcohol

In 1990, the Alum Rock Counseling Center, a private, nonprofit corporation that provides counseling, training and educational services in Santa Clara County, Calif., worked to develop a project, Join Together, designed to significantly reduce illegal drug use and alcohol abuse on the East Side of San Jose, Calif.

This planning project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, Fighting Back®: Community Initiatives to Reduce Demand for Illegal Drugs and Alcohol.

Key Results and Conclusions: Both the RWJF program officer and the national program office of Fighting Back expressed doubt that San Jose Together could become an integrated program under its proposed organizational structure.

The structure featured an executive advisory committee, a governing team, various working groups and a project review committee—each of which was insulated from the others.

Therefore RWJF did not make an implementation grant under the Fighting Back program.

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