Beginning in September 2019, Lyndi (pictured here) started interviewing key stakeholders to learn more about each community. She is now recruiting residents to assist with a community assessment regarding underage marijuana use. In the coming months, Lyndi will also be providing technical assistance on effective school and community-based prevention strategies, and partnering with parents to identify the best approaches to providing vaping prevention education and information to parents. By June, she will facilitate a community process to craft a strategic plan for future substance abuse prevention efforts in each community.

Expansion of prevention services in Sisters and La Pine comes after the sunset of non-profit, state, and federal grants which supported community-based substance abuse prevention coalitions in Sisters and Redmond (2001-2010), and La Pine (2001-2015). While each community in Deschutes County has unique local conditions that impact substance misuse and abuse, youth behavior data in Sisters and La Pine does not tend to differ greatly from County-wide averages. Historically, however, Deschutes County has higher than state and national averages of substance misuse and abuse.

If you are interested in learning more about this work or assisting with efforts in Sisters or La Pine, please contact Lyndi Petty at 541-388-6606 or at lyndi.petty@deschutes.org.

 

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