Programs to continue through partner agencies

After a two-year struggle to maintain stable funding, the Generating and Growing Prevention Partnerships (GGAPP) shut down volunteer activities for the drug and alcohol prevention coalition effective Monday, Sept. 30.

The organization’s funding the past six years had been via a federal grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Recent cuts to the agencies have limited the number of five-year, half-million-dollar grants available to Drug Free Community coalition efforts. Only four such programs were funded in Oregon this year.

Founded in 2006, GGAPP was a partnership of nonprofit organizations, health care providers, treatment professionals, local law enforcement, businesses, churches and schools. The group represented 12 community sectors vital in changing the way communities address and resolve drug and alcohol use among teens.

GGAPP’s partner agencies and volunteers provided prevention and treatment information to parents and teens at community events, sponsored family-friendly movie nights to promote drug-free activities and provided funding for the purchase of the Drug Disposal boxes now found in the lobby of most area police stations.

GGAPP also was instrumental in the creation of the Four Cities Peer Court four years ago. The court, a collaborative effort between the Fairview, Gresham and Troutdale police departments,

Portland State University Criminal Justice interns and Multnomah County Juvenile Services, was designed to educate and hold youth accountable for their actions.

The Peer Court is a diversion program, giving youth ages 12-17 with first-time, low-level law violations an opportunity for restitution without involvement in the juvenile justice system. The court recently became part of Northwest Family Services, which will provide the financial support needed to maintain the program’s continuance.

The Parents of Addicted Children Together (PACT), another outgrowth of GGAPP, also will forge ahead. The support group will remain under the leadership of parent and coalition member Gary Swoboda.

The group meets from 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Though it’s no longer a formal organization, the work of GGAPP volunteers and coalition members is ongoing.

To learn how to get involved in the efforts to educate youth and families on substance use, treatment and recovery resources, call the Center for Family Success at 503-286-0600.

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