Working to prevent substance abuse in our community by providing healthy and positive choices.
Vision and Goals
The Natrona County Prevention Coalition recognizes a concern of substance abuse and misuse in our community. We work together to address these concerns and prevent substance abuse by promoting healthy and positive choices.
We are dedicated to providing healthy, substance free activities for our youth.
We provide funding for many after school programs in the community.
We sponsor educational events that promote substance abuse prevention.
We meet monthly to review data, target needs, develop plans, and implement strategies to reduce alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and violence.
We collaborate with community agencies to promote community wide awareness of issues around substance abuse.
“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, 'I'm possible!'”
Audrey Hepburn| Humanitarian
The Natrona County Prevention Coalition (NCPC) was formed in July 2002. NCPC is a collaboration of over 40 members agencies, businesses, and citizens. NCPC is responsible for conducting and holding multiple substance-free events for the community throughout the year. Mercer Family Resource Center is the lead agency for NCPC and acts as the Coalition's fiscal agent. Funding for NCPC first came from the Drug Free Communities Grant; a Federal Grant which assisted with the creation of the coalition and the development strategies for community-wide substance abuse prevention. The 21st Century State Incentive Grant focused on reducing substance use and abuse with community-wide environmental strategies and provided afterschool programming. This two-pronged approach has been the organizational structure since NCPC's inception.
Throughout the years, NCPC has received the following Federal and State grants to work towards providing healthy and positive choices in the community, while decreasing substance use:
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) - Cohorts 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10
- Drug Free Communities - Years 1-5 & 6-10
- STOP Act Now
- Strategic Prevention Framework
Money from local foundations has been received along with business grants, including: Blue Envelope Health Fund, City of Casper Promotions, Walmart, the McMurrry Foundation, and Zimmerman Foundation. Additional support has come in the form of donations, volunteers, partnerships, and community involvement.
NCPC members meet monthly to share their personal and/or respective agency's efforts toward the Coalition's mission. Monthly meeting allow for consistent assessment of coalition goals and activities, provides the opportunity for members and their agencies to seek coalition support, and helps ensure agencies' efforts aren't being duplicated.