Community Behavioral Health

Prevention Network

Community Mobilization Projects

The Community Mobilization Project is designed to blend the resources of federal, state and local governments together with those of community leadership, volunteers, private and public service providers, families, schools, and all citizens to focus on reducing the incidence of ATOD abuse in the state.

Each Community Mobilization Project is staffed by a Community Prevention Networker (CPN). There are 17 Community Prevention Networkers across the state with offices located in Aberdeen, Watertown, Lemmon, Pierre, Madison, Huron, Sturgis, Hot Springs, Rapid City, Winner, Mitchell, Chamberlain, Yankton, and Sioux Falls.

Community Prevention Networkers (CPN) responsibilities:

  • Assemble a coalition of community leaders and/or help sustain current ATOD and violence prevention efforts within the community.
  • Conduct a needs assessment based on the input of the identified community leaders.
  • Develop and implement an action plan (based on the needs assessment) which outlines specific goals and objectives designed to address alcohol/drug abuse and violence issues in the community.
  • Evaluate the project on an ongoing basis.
  • Facilitate community/student forums focusing around an area of concern/interest.
  • Provide 'how-to's for conducting community events such as block parties, youth mural projects, and intergenerational dialogues.
  • Provide assistance with youth development projects in schools and communities.
Counties covered by a community mobilization project include: