- Prevention Services began needs assessment process in 2013 – 2015 focus groups conducted (DFC Mentoring Grant)
- 2016 mandate from DBHDS- Office of Behavioral Health Wellness – identified structure, processes and resources. Deadline 12/31/16.
- Data sources expanded:
- Key informant interviews
- Community Readiness Assessment (5 Dimensions)
- Coalition Readiness Assessment* (5 Dimensions)
- Parent ATOD Attitudes Survey (n=312)*
- Pride Survey Questionnaire for Grades 6 -12* (n=3,217)
- DBHDS Social Indicators Study Dashboard
- Resource Data
Summary of Findings:
- Henrico Area (combined data adults and youth)
- Sources –Uniform Crime Report, Dept of Forensic Science
- Heroin on the rise since 2012- other major substances (Rx opioids, marijuana, cocaine)
- Young adults 21-24; 35-44
- Concern from focus groups and key informants about substance abuse in community
- Youth (12-17)
- Sources – Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Probation
- Primary substances are marijuana, alcohol and opioids
- Substance use increasing since 2014
- Youth are increasingly entering the Juvenile Justice System with substance-related offenses
- Confirmation of concern from focus groups and key informants about youth substance use
- Survey Data for Henrico
- Sources – Pride Survey Questionnaire, Parent ATOD Attitudes Survey
- Henrico youth 30-day use rates below Virginia Youth Survey rates for 2015
- Primary substances used include marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs.
- Perception of less risk regarding marijuana use than for tobacco, alcohol or prescription drugs.
- Both Henrico students and parents/caregivers perceive cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana easy for youth to get. Alcohol perceived as most available, followed by marijuana, tobacco and lastly prescription drugs.
- The perception of availability of alcohol and marijuana increases as the students get older and presumably more socially mobile.
- 90% of parents surveyed (n=312) – misperception of own child’s use
- Those youth identified as currently or possibly using ranged in age from 14-17.
- Most parents/caregivers believed that substance use/abuse negatively affects the health of under-age youth. However, e-cigarettes and marijuana perceived as less negative health effects.
- More than 1/4 of parents/caregivers admitted to “never” addressing youth substance use with child; 17-22% rarely spoke of the topic.
- One-third of parents/caregivers interviewed were unsure or would not give consequences if their child used substances.
- Two thirds of parents/caregivers perceived themselves as having little influence over their child, overwhelmingly deferring to peers as having the greatest influence.
- Despite the perceived greater influence of peers, 1/4 parents/caregivers reported they “never” knew who their teen was with or where they went within the past 30 days.
- Youth and Families Community Resource Guide
- Heroin/Opioid Task Force
- Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition
- Henrico – youth specific
|Connect After-School Program|
|Henrico Police Athletic League|
|YMCA After-School programs|
|Community in Schools|
|Henrico Education Foundation|
|Recreation & Parks|
Increase community awareness and commitment to prevention
Prevent substance use among adolescents
Reduce accessibility for youth
- Prescriber education, safe storage and disposal of Rx drugs
- Substance access via family members and community (youth)
Collaboration between school, parents and community to create healthy norms/ promote community wellness through a strategic planning process.