GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.(Dec. 19, 2017) – The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit that supports families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use, has announced that the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a public health nonprofit focused on substance abuse prevention, will become its newest Alliance Partner. This partnership is part of a statewide effort to help communities and families address the opioid issue.
Based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) is composed of over 50 coalition members that tackle substance abuse issues in counties across the state. Funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Prevention Alliance coalitions implement data-driven and evidenced-based programs across the state, helping build stronger and healthier communities in Tennessee. As a Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Alliance Partner, PAT will help educate families about substance use, particularly related to opioids, and strategies they can use to help their children.
“Our team is proud to be the first Tennessee Alliance Partner with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids,” said Leah Festa, executive director of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee. “The goals of both of our organizations align perfectly; we both believe in empowering, supporting and guiding families who are affected by substance use toward a healthier future.”
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has already made strides to support Tennessee families by presenting to groups across the state, including prevention and treatment groups, law enforcement, churches, and civic organizations, to raise awareness about the nonprofit’s resources. Those resources include a toll-free helpline (855-DRUGFREE), a peer-to-peer parent coaching program and a host of online tools. The Partnership has trained more than 20 parent coaches in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville to provide support to other parents struggling with a child’s substance use.
“We are honored to have the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee join us in supporting families coping with a loved one’s substance use,” said Kevin Collins, vice president of Parent and Community Support Services for Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Through this partnership, we hope to provide families throughout Tennessee with the resources and guidance they need to address this difficult issue.”