2014 Prevention Annual Report
The funding of prevention programs is one of the reasons that Jackson County COMBAT has become a model anti-drug program across the Country. Its use of a 3-pronged approach beginning with prevention, then treatment, then law enforcement and finally prosecution has proven to be the most effective method for getting drugs out of our neighborhoods and helping our citizens become drug-free.
COMBAT funds more than 40 different community prevention programs throughout Jackson County with an annual budget of $1,479,813 for 2016. Programs take place in schools, community organizations, health clinics, mental health centers, and neighborhood associations to name a few.
Here are just a few of the programs’ highlights:
COMBAT funds both prevention and treatment programs by providing $1,064,094 in matching funds. For every $1 of taxpayer money spent, COMBAT generates an additional $3.07 for services to Jackson County residents.
Approximately 20,000 youth participate in COMBAT-funded prevention programs annually. These programs address factors that place youth at increased risk for drug experimentation, use, and abuse.
COMBAT funds all of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs in Jackson County which are taught by local police departments and Jackson County Sheriff Deputies in more than 120 county schools.
10,000 to 15,000 fifth and sixth graders receive D.A.R.E. training each year with a total of 150,000 students participating since its inception.
COMBAT-funded agencies like the Guadalupe Center run an after-school program that reaches 80 children ages 6 to 16 every day. The program provides these youth with a free hot lunch, tutoring, computer training, substance abuse awareness training and physical education.
9 out of 10 parents said their kids were less likely to use drugs or alcohol after participating in the D.A.R.E. program.