Guide Service Overview

Moving From Knowledge to Practice

Communities often find that ongoing support and guidance from our specialists at the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) contribute to their success. Our work and experience has shown that cultural transformation can be tough and unexpected challenges often arise. Guide service helps communities and organizations successfully navigate the change process. Our guide service offers a trained personal consultant to support efforts to improve the health and safety of communities and organizations. Through regular coordination and correspondence, our guide becomes familiar with specific projects and assists with the transformation process. A guide is available to provide feedback on the implementation of prevention strategies, leadership development, and communication efforts.

Details
Guide service is offered to an individual leader (e.g., a community coalition coordinator, an organizational leader, etc.) who has completed a Positive Culture Framework (PCF) training. The goal is to enhance leaders’ skills and application of the PCF for their prevention efforts. The service gives the client access to feedback from our entire staff as well as our affiliated faculty at Montana State University. Service is provided through a one-year contract that can be renewed annually. Communication is an important part of guide service. There is a suggested minimum of one monthly telephone call and unlimited email assistance from our guide. An executive summary report of progress and recommended next steps is provided at the end of a contract.

Important Aspects
We have found that continual support and coaching is often a missing piece in prevention efforts; yet, it is helpful when trying to apply new knowledge from a PCF training or when trying to build the capacity of others. The support provided by guide service is tailored to the community or organization’s needs. We understand that each community or organization is unique, so the pace is determined by the client with the goal of moving forward.

Key Benefits
It can be reassuring for a leader to discuss ideas and talk through situations taking place in the community or organization. A guide provides expertise from a background of working with many communities, organizations, and states. Clients often want a little extra motivation to take their prevention efforts to the next level. A guide provides those prompts to keep stakeholders engaged.

Client Survey & Evaluation
In 2015, Montana State University graduate students surveyed past and current clients to evaluate the guide service to better understand how it works and to identify ways it could be improved. Clients who responded to the survey had very positive personal experiences with their guide. The survey identified that 100% of respondents reported that their leadership skills improved during their guide service term, and 100% of respondents used the skills developed through guide service in their prevention efforts.
“Very easy to work with and understand.”

“I always felt as though I was one of [the guide’s] only clients when in fact I knew she was working with many clients. That was special to me.”

 

Current Guide Communities

Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Topic area: Traffic Safety
Focus area: 9 State-Wide Traffic Safety Program Managers
Region: Washington

Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Topic area: Traffic Safety
Focus area: 17 Regional Toward Zero Managers
Region: Washington

Utah
Topic area: Seat Belt Use
Focus area: 9 Rural Traffic Safety County Coordinators
Region: Utah

 

Washakie County, WY
Topic area: Substance abuse prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth and parents
Region: Washakie County, WY

Ossining, NY
Topic area: Substance abuse prevention and positive youth development
Focus population: 5-12th grade youth
Region: Ossining, NY

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Mercer Island, WA

Rye, NY
Topic area: Substance use prevention
Focus population: 5-12th grade youth
Region: Rye, NY

 

Past Guide Communities

Ashland, MA
Topic area: Substance Abuse Prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Ashland, MA
Funding: Drug-Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2019 – 2020

St. Mary’s, GA
Topic area: Substance use prevention
Focus population: 5-12th grade youth
Region: Rye, NY
Funding: Not available
Time Period: 2018 – 2019

Heartland for the Children
Topic area: Child maltreatment prevention
Focus population: Parents
Region: Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties in central Florida

We Care Coalition
Topic area: Underage substance prevention, healthy choice promotion
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Wilkin County, MN
Funding: Not available
Time Period: 2017 – 2019

Drug Free Kosciusko
Topic area: Substance Abuse Prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Kosciusko County, Indiana
Funding: Not available
Time Period: 2016 – 2019

Sumner School District
Topic area: Marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Sumner, WA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2012 – 2019

Guidance Center of Westchester County, NY
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Larchmont/Mamaroneck, NY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2012 – 2017

Wayzata Public Schools
Topic area: Alcohol and marijuana prevention
Focus population: Wayzata High School
Region: Wayzata, MN
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013 – 2017

Enumclaw Regional Healthcare
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Enumclaw, WA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2014 – 2016

United Way of Mat-Su
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Mat-Su Valley, AK
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013–2017

Park County Wyoming
Topic Area: School district substance abuse comprehensive plan
Focus Population: Youth
Region: Park County, WY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2016-2017

Latah County, ID
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6th-12th grade youth
Region: Latah County, ID
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2012 – 2017

Carver County
Topic Area: High risk drinking
Focus Population: Adults 30 and over
Region: Carver county
Funding: Public Health Department
Time period: 2016 – 2017

Ashland Public Schools
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth
Region: Ashland, MA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2014 – 2016

Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse
Topic area: Marijuana and prescription drug prevention
Focus population: Chariho Middle and High School
Region: Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton and Narragansett, Rhode Island
Funding: State Grant
Time Period: 2013 – 2016

Town of Pelham and Pelham PACT
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Pelham, NY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2014 – 2015

Russell County Partners in Prevention
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Russell County, KY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013 – 2015

 

Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: youth, ages 11-20
Region: Allegheny College, University of Pittsburgh-Titusville, Titusville, PA
Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
Time Period: 2011-2012

Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program (SCDAP)
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: youth, ages 12-20
Region: Schuylkill County, PA
Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
Time Period: 2010-2011

Drug Free Pennsylvania
Topic area: Prescription Drug Abuse
Focus population: youth, ages 12-18
Region: Pennsylvania
Funding: Pennsylvania Department of Health – Drug and Alcohol Programs
Time Period: 2010-2011

Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Jamestown, PA
Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
Time Period: 2010-2011

Tonka Cares Coalition
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth
Region: Minnetonka, MN
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2009-2011

School District of Waukesha, WI
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth
Region: Waukesha County, WI
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2009-2011

Gillette, WY
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 7-9th grade youth
Region: Campbell County, WY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2010-2011

 

Pineland Community Service Board
Topic area: Alcohol related traffic crashes
Focus population: young adults, ages 25-34
Region: Statesboro, GA
Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
Time Period: 2011-2012

Perry Central Community School Corporation
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Perry County, IN
Funding: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant
Time Period: 2011-2012

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center & Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center
Topic area: Suicide prevention
Focus population: Adults
Region: Sheridan and Park Counties, WY
Funding: WY Department of Health
Time Period: 2012 – 2013

Canvas Health
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth
Region: Washington County, MN
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2009-2013

Early Childhood Coalition of the Greater Helena Area
Topic area: Early Childhood Systems
Focus population: Children (ages 0-8) and their families
Region: Helena, MT
Funding: Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting
Infrastructure Development (MIECHV-ID) and Best Beginnings Grant
Time Period: 2012–2013

Pacific County Health and Human Services Department
Topic area: Substance abuse prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Pacific County, WA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2012-2013

Youth First Inc.
Topic area: Underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth
Region: Posey, Warrick, Gibson and Vanderberg Counties, IN
Funding: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant
Time Period: 2009-2013

 

Coalition for a Drug Free Walters
Topic area: Underage drinking, marijuana and prescription drug prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Walters, OK
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013

Pend Oreille County Counseling Services
Topic area: Marijuana and underage drinking prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Newport, WA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County
Topic area: TBD
Focus population: Youth
Region: Dare County, NC
Funding: Not available
Time Period: 2013

Green County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention
Topic area: Underage drinking, marijuana and prescription drug prevention
Focus population: 6-12th grade youth
Region: Green County, KY
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2013-2014

Elizabethtown Area Communities that Care
Topic area: Underage drinking and marijuana prevention
Focus population: 9-12th grade youth, parents and community members
Region: Elizabethtown, PA
Funding: Drug Free Communities (DFC)
Time Period: 2011-2014

Campbell County School District
Topic area: Underage drinking
Focus population: middle school youth
Region: Gillette, WY
Funding: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant
Time Period: 2013–2014

Homer Prevention Project
Topic area: Underage drinking and binge drinking prevention
Focus population: Youth and adults (12-44yrs)
Region: Homer, AK
Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
Time Period: 2013–2014

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