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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 13, 2016
Contact: Deanne Jackson, Human Service Planner
Kitsap County Prevention Services
360.337.4878 or dmontgom@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-001

South Kitsap Substance Abuse Coalition forms
Local leaders launch coalition to prevent youth drug and alcohol use

(Port Orchard, WA) - South Kitsap community leaders gathered January 5 at the South Kitsap School District administrative offices to launch the new South Kitsap Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

The coalition was created with a shared vision of a safe and substance-free community to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use amongst local youth, while creating a healthier and safer community environment for all. Coalition partners include the South Kitsap School District, Substance Abuse Prevention Services of the Kitsap County Department of Human Services, the Bremerton and North Kitsap Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions, and many other concerned community members. The coalition was formed in partnership with a Leadership Kitsap project team.

In addition to educating the community, the coalition will identify and prioritize the most urgent prevention needs, plan and implement evidence-based strategies, leverage local resources, and evaluate the impact of selected programs. A planning event is planned for this spring.

The public is invited to attend the coalition’s next meeting, which takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 at 1962 Hoover Avenue SE in Port Orchard. For more information, contact Deanne Jackson, planner with the Kitsap County Department of Human Services at 360.337.4878 or by email at dmontgom@co.kitsap.wa.us .

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Last Updated:  January 13, 2016