Southeast Regional Support Center


What are Coalition Teams?

Coalitions Teams are the primary substance abuse prevention initiative of the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse certifies a neighborhood, city, or other self-defined community as a Missouri Coalition Team when it meets certain established criteria.

At present time, volunteers from urban, rural and suburban areas have created more than 190 teams throughout Missouri.

Technical assistance provided to each coalition team through a network of Support Centers includes information about identification of community needs and resources; development of action plans utilizing effective research-based strategies/programs; leadership training; and establishing an environment for collaboration with other community groups.  Additional technical assistance is provided through community developmental specialists.

The Criteria for Coalition Team

  • Organization of a Coalition Team is composed of a cross-section of people within the geographical area represented.  Each team must have a team leader, and at least 10 members including both adults and youth representing business, civic, educational systems, law enforcement, health care, municipal governments, and religious organizations.
  • Completion of a needs assessment of the community and development of both short and long range plans to address the substance abuse issues identified in the needs assessment.
  • Completion of an orientation training to educate members regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
  • Meetings at least quarterly.  The team may meet more often in order to accomplish its action plan.  The team must show progress toward implementing its action plan.

Southeast Regional Support Center Terms and Acronyms

  • Coalition Teams- the primary substance abuse prevention initiative of the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse certifies a neighborhood, city, or other self-determined community as a Missouri Coalition Team when it meets certain established criteria.


  • The 40 Development Assets- Search Institute based in Minneapolis, MN had identified 40 key development assets for youth that make them less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The Search Institute had implemented this research based prevention model in communities throughout the country. For more information visit


  • ACT MO or ACT Missouri- is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is funded by the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. ACT  MO is designed to serve as a catalyst in solving social problems that challenge communities and their families and youth. ACT MO supports community coalitions and other community partners in their efforts to create healthy, safe and drug-abuse free environments. More than 200 community teams are affiliated with ACT MO and receive their technical assistance and training. Their office is located at 428 East Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101. You can contact them by phone at 573-635-6669.


  • ADA or DADA- The state level Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. They are located in Jefferson City and can be contacted at 573-751-4942. The Division is part of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The Division Director is Michael Couty and Charles Williams is the Prevention Coordinator.


  • Best Practices- Strategies and programs which are deemed research-based by scientist and researchers at the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), the national Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), National Canter for Advancement for Prevention (NCAP), National Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and /or The National Department of Education (DOE). These are strategies and programs that have shown through substantial research and evaluation to be effective at preventing and/or delaying substance abuse.


  • CD- Community Development Specialist. This is our liaison to the ADA. Joe Davidson is the CD for the Southeastern Regional Support center. He is located 1107 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO 65401. You can contact him by phone at 573-368-2297.


  • CDC- Center for Disease Control. You can contact them at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30333. You can call them too-free at 1-800-311-3435.


  • Consultant Bank Funds- are available to C2000 Teams from the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for community technical assistance such as grant writing and a database of consultants and speakers.


  • CPS- Division of Comprehensive Psychological Services- holds contracts with Department of Mental Health.


  • CSAP- Center for Substance Abuse Prevention located in Maryland. Their address us CSAP, c/o Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville MD 20857. You can call them at (301) 443-5700.


  • CSAT- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment located in Maryland. Their address is CSAT, c/o Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville MD 20857. You can call them at (301) 443-0365.


  • The Division (aka ADA)- The state level Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The central office is located in Jefferson City. Our Southeastern Region office is located at 1107 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO 65401.


  • DMH- Department of Mental Health. DMH is based in Jefferson City. Their address is 1706 E. Elm, P.O. Box 687, Jefferson City MO 65102. You can call them toll free at 1-800-364-9687, and you can check out their web site at


  • DMHOP- Division of Mental Health Office of Prevention. DMHOP is based in Jefferson City.


  • Grant Consultant- This is someone that will offers technical assistance to teams that are applying for grants. They are often paid through Consultant Bank funds. Support Centers are also available to assist in grant funding, research and writing.


  • Mini-Grants- These grants are offered one time a year in amounts of $1,000-$15,000 by the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse to assist Coalition Teams in their substance abuse prevention efforts..


  • Model Programs- These are programs that receive the highest level of endorsement, and must meet the following criteria: it must be science-based (research or evidence based); it must be effective; reviewed by the national Registry of effective Prevention Programs; receive federal approval; and the program developers must agree to CSAP approval. For more information, you can read


  • NCADA- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse- St. Louis Area. This not-for-profit community health organization is located at 8790 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63144. Their phone is 314-962-3456 and fax is 314-968-7394. Their website is NCADA is the Eastern Regional RADAR Site, the Eastern Regional Support Center for the C2000 Program and the Parent agency of TREND.


  • NCADD- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This is NCADA's parent organization, which is located in New York City. There are NCADD affiliates all over the country.


  • NIDA- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse. The NIDA office is located at 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213, Bethesda, MD. You can contact them by phone at 301-443-1124


  • OJJDP- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This refers to the OJJDP drug-Free Communities grant that comes out once a year. The application for this grant are due in late April. Go to for information about their drug-free grants.


  • Protective Factors- These are factors in a youth's life that may protect them from engaging in risky behaviors.


  • RADAR Site- Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource Site. This allows an agency to become the clearinghouse for prevention materials in that area. the prevention materials are offered to the community at no or a low cost. NCADA is a RADAR Site.


  • Regional Discretionary Funds- These funds can be applied for up to 2 times a year and for up to $500 at a time by each Coalition or other community prevention coalitions.  These funds can be used to implement a program in your community that is part of a comprehensive effort.


  • Regional Support Center- The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse has designated Southeast Missouri State University as a Regional Support Center, which is required to give technical assistance to all Coalition teams. There are several regional Support Centers across the state. The Southeastern Regional Support center  Director is Dr. Edward Leoni, and along with Prevention Specialists Wendy Blankenship and Jim Maginel can be reached at 573-651-5153.


  • Risk Factors- These are the factors in a youth's life that may lead them toward taking risky behaviors.


  • Title IV Funds- These are the Safe and Drug Free School funds. These funds are given to communities to implement prevention efforts in the area private and public schools.


  • Tobacco Merchant Education-This is a statewide campaign in which the Regional Support Centers are responsible for providing educational visits to all merchants who sell tobacco and providing them literature. This annual campaign usually takes place in the spring.



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Southeast Regional Support Center
Phone: 573-651-5153   Fax: 573-651-2856
2003 Southeast Missouri State University
Parker #204/205, Mail Stop 7650
Last Updated: April 8, 2008