Fred Muench Named President and CEO of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Fred Muench has been named President and CEO of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
New York, NY (January 12, 2011) – the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has been awarded a grant of more than $50,000 from the Denver, Colorado-based Daniels Fund. The grant will support collaboration between the Denver Office of Drug Strategy (DODS) and the nonprofit to pilot a new community education program called the Time To Act Community Program.
Discovering that a teen is using drugs or drinking is often a frightening experience for parents. Many feel alone and unsure about what to do next. Deeply rooted in the organization’s intervention-focused Time To Act website, the community education program will encourage parents of children who are using drugs or alcohol to take action as soon as they suspect or know their child is using, and provide them with free, anonymous access to the most current, research-based information on how to help their child and their family take the next steps.
Developed in collaboration with scientists at the Treatment Research Institute, Time To Act offers step-by-step advice and sympathetic guidance from substance abuse experts, family therapists, scientists and fellow parents to help lead families through the process of understanding drug and alcohol use, confronting a child, setting boundaries and seeking outside help. The program will also cover the drug landscape specific to Greater Denver, with up-to-date information from the DODS.
the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and DODS will partner with family-focused organizations in the Denver area to present the program, including Lowry Family Center, Denver Human Service Fatherhood Initiative, Drug Endangered Children and numerous others.
“With major studies showing a reversal in a decade-long decline in drug and alcohol use among teens, the Time To Act Community Program offers particularly relevant help for Denver families when they are faced with this issue in their own home,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Thanks to the generosity of the Daniels Fund – which also supported the initial development of our parent resources – we will continue to provide parents with information and tools to effectively intervene and keep their kids drug free.”
Participants in the Time To Act Community Program will be invited to take part in a follow-up session where they will receive training to conduct their own presentations in the future. They will also connect with related resources, including in-depth, downloadable e-books on Intervention and Treatment for drug and alcohol problems, as well as other interactive tools at drugfree.org.
About the Partnership
The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts and communications professionals, this public health nonprofit translates current research on teen behavior, parenting, addiction and treatment into easy to understand resources at drugfree.org. The organization also reaches families through its community education programs which focus on local drug and alcohol issues of concern for parents, youth and the Hispanic community. the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.
About the Daniels Fund
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.
About the Denver Office of Drug Strategy
The Denver Office of Drug Strategy (DODS) is an integral part of the Denver Department of Human Services. The Denver Office of Drug Strategy Drug was created in August 2000 to help serve the residents of Denver, Colorado to offer resources on substance abuse and addiction. The primary role of this office is to implement the strategic plan developed by the Drug Strategy Commission that addresses substance abuse education, prevention, intervention, treatment, and evaluation.
Our Mission: The mission of the Denver Drug Strategy Commission and the Office of Drug Strategy is to promote improvements in the access and quality of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services, and to impact priority substance use and abuse issues.
Our Vision: Prevention Works; Treatment is Effective; and Recovery Happens.