Delta County was honored with the Harold E. Hughes Award of Excellence: Exceptional Rural Community Award by the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse on Tuesday, June 11, at an awards banquet in Menomonie, Wis. Local Drug Free Delta County board members Mariah Emond and Cara Schmidt attended the event and accepted the award on the community's behalf.
The National Rural Institute on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NRIDAA) presents this award annually to a rural community that exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field. NRIDAA states, "Delta County has established exceptional services to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field that helps to improve the lives of those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse." Delta County is proud to receive this national award that recognizes its community as a leader in drug and alcohol treatment and intervention.
Delta County's innovative substance abuse program, Drug Free Delta County (DFDC), is unique in that it encourages its clients in recovery to create a sober social support network within their home community. DFDC is committed to providing highly effective evidence-based treatment while creating a community of recovery through social interaction. DFDC values stewardship by making the most of its resources and encouraging sustainability in an effort to be a lasting presence within the county. Drug Free Delta County's service projects increase participants' value in their community, enabling them to become active and upstanding members of their hometown. In addition, DFDC's volunteer program fosters peer mentorship relationships among participants and role models who are succeeding in recovery.
Drug Free Delta County has launched a new program, REACH, in an attempt to reach people with substance abuse problems who are not court ordered but desire sobriety. DFDC has created a network of treatment providers who work together to provide structure and help defray the significant costs of recovery services. REACH provides community-based intervention with families and provides the structure and accountability that is similar to the current Drug Court model.
If you are interested in more information about REACH or Drug Free Delta County, handbooks are available that outline the details of the program. For more information call the resource coordinator at 275-2865. If you would like to serve as a volunteer for Drug Free Delta County call the volunteer coordinator, Pam Bliss, at 234-5631.blog comments powered by Disqus