Prevention and Education

This committee provides input regarding programs, services, and materials aimed at deterring individuals from using and / or abusing alcohol and other illegal drugs. It gathers and shares information regarding skill-building programs, community or professional mobilization, and social and environmental change programs for both youth and adults.  



The Justice Committee is concerned with the legality and consequences of substance abuse and examines law enforcement and prosecutorial efforts.  The committee tracks court disposition of drug and alcohol-related matters, encourages the development of neighborhood watch programs, DWI patrolling, and education and proactive community policing.  The committee recognizes the top OWI officers in the county at the May Drug Free Partnership meeting.  


INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT                            

This committee’s efforts center on the services for citizens who are in recovery from problems associated with addiction and substance abuse.  It works to further develop services which deal with interventions, referral, and assessment, as well as aftercare and continuum of treatment. 




The Drug Free Partnership is collaborating with Leadership LaPorte County and Youth Service Bureau to provide education and outreach to area students. Through the middle school leadership sessions, students will learn about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and go back to their schools to educate as informed advocates. Students also will help to plan countywide drug, alcohol and tobacco-free activities.



Red Ribbon is an annual countywide effort each October to heighten community awareness and increase education.  The Partnership encourages businesses, churches, government, and all county residents to participate and to especially support our children and youth in increasing awareness and striving to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in LaPorte County.  



Funding is obtained through court-imposed fines from convicted alcohol and drug-related offenders. By state law it is placed into the Community Drug Free Fund.  75% of these funds are annually awarded through a grant process to community organizations and individuals involved in designing and implementing projects and services addressing the actions recommended in the County Plan.


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