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ELEMENT 9 - Parent/Community Involvement

TO ENCOURAGE PARENT/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO THE SUPPORT THE REINFORCEMENT OF ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS BEYOND THE SCHOOL SETTING.

In recent years school and health agencies have become theinstitutionss responsible for dealing withATOD problems. However, the responsibility must be shared with families and communities. Schools, families and communities must work in partnership to identify the particular risk factors present in their community and to plan strategic approaches to deal with those needs. Students, schools, families, and diverse interest groups in the community must be included in every step of the process if prevention efforts are to be successful. This involvement ensures a consistent message, encourages reinforcement of attitudes and behaviors, and provides opportunities for participants to internalize healthy norms.


PRESENT INDICATORS FOR STANDARDS OF BEST PRACTICE:

(Rating your understanding from 1 to a high of 5 may help you in your planning and evaluation.)

_____ Programs are based on a local needs assessment.
_____ Parents and community are involved with program design, implementation and evaluation.
_____ Programs are culturally, linguistically, developmentally and social relevant.

Programs for parents of children of all ages are available, and include information on:

_____ ATOD
_____ Child development
_____ District ATOD policies and how parents can reinforce messages
_____ Resources that are available for help with ATOD issues
_____ The importance of positive role modeling
_____ Self assessment re: ATOD use
_____ Legal issues relative to individual, family, school, community
_____ Family ATOD policies
_____ Opportunities for training, support and coaching exist.

Diverse outreach methods and implementation strategies are utilized, such as:

_____ Available child care
_____ Transportation service
_____ Drop-in programs
_____ A variety of sites, some of which are non-school
_____ A variety of times
_____ Use of print materials, media, Internet, cable TV, etc.
_____ All sectors of the community are welcomed and included.
_____ There is a consistent and formal written process for welcoming newcomers and visitors.
_____ Healthy relationships are initiated and maintained with appropriate community based programs, services, and organizations.
_____ Information and invitations to participate are offered to key leaders and appropriate community entities, when appropriate.
_____ Opportunities for community service and volunteering are offered.
_____ Involvement is recognized and celebrated.
_____ Schools/families/communities support and sponsor chemical free activities for youth and adults.
_____ Parents are involved with programs such as Safe Homes and Project Graduation.

Revised March 1995.


Maine Office of Substance Abuse
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