Community Prevention Resources (CPR) is a comprehensive grant program funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide substance abuse prevention services to communities in Franklin, Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Johnson counties. The Franklin-Williamson Regional Office of Education serves as the administrative agent for the program.
As a comprehensive community-based provider, Community Prevention Resources delivers direct services in a defined geographic service area. Services may target the community at large, with emphasis on impacting the environments in which youth age 10-17 years old live. Evidence-based approaches that target youth, their peers, families, school environment, and community are implemented. Emphasis is placed on building local partnerships to implement environmental approaches that change community norms and policies as well as increasing the community’s capacity to sustain effective efforts.
Each funded organization develops a comprehensive plan for substance abuse prevention in their service area. Evidence-based programs, practices, and policies are at the core of all provider work plan efforts. While providers are expected to adhere to the outcome based planning process, they are now required to select strategies and program models that have produced some level of evidence that will be effective in achieving their intended outcomes.
Services provided by Community Prevention Resources must be consistent with the goals and standards established by the DHS Bureau of Community-Based and Primary Prevention as outlined in the annual provider work plan and contract conditions. Programs are monitored by DHS for both compliance and programmatic quality.
Kate West, Prevention Specialist