Prevention in Kentucky: Laying the Foundation for Ongoing Collaboration

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In the past, each regional prevention center concentrated on their counties alone.
Now this is the first time that we've had all the regional prevention
center directors working together for a common cause and a common message.
So they had to decide how they were gonna budget that money,
the approach they were going to take,
and how they're going to evaluate it.
And basically what we wanted to do was to give them autonomy. So we gave them
some guidelines, but
because they are prevention professionals, I didn't think it was
really appropriate
for us, on the state level, to tell them what to do. We wanted them to
decide what they were comfortable with.
And had them decide on the approach they were going to take.
But the directors were interested in this new challenge because they've never
had to work together before.
So I think that's really been fruitful. And I think I'd been afraid--
I guess, I've been afraid to ask them to do that because they were each doing their
own thing and it was a comfort zone.
But working together is a challenge and I think
they like it.
You know, in our communities they braid funds with other--
they braid funds with education, they braid funds with juvenile justice,
other administrative services in the community.
Now they've learned to braid funds with each other. And pool funds with one another.
So I think that's unique.
I think this experience will shape future prevention efforts in
Kentucky because, as you know, we're needing to, we're going to
begin to integrate mental health.
And we're going to begin to integrate behavioral health and treatment into the prevention program.
This is something that
our regional prevention centers will need to all do the same. And instead of going out and
doing their own thing, that addresses the needs in their community,
they're going to have to come back
and we're going to have to learn how we can do this. So I think this learning
together for this project, this particular project that we're talking
about, is going to be very--
it'll be stepping stone
for them now getting together to learning about integration of mental
health and treatment
into prevention.
It's very promising. And I'm pretty excited about it. Overall, I think it was a good
thing. I was afraid.
We tried it. And it seems to be working. So I'm pretty happy with it.