About the center
NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Community action
Community action
Implement & evaluate:
COMMUNITY ACTION
Building your team
The beginning
Getting
organized
Develop a profile
Create
a plan
Implement
& evaluate
Once a group has established its team and its plan, action can take many forms.
  • Building new coalitions, block-by-block if necessary
  • Offering school programs
  • Publicizing the meth problem through the media or individual presentations
  • Connecting with families, offering information on how to spot meth problems and what to do about them
  • Identify and offer help to individuals abusing meth

Again, how a meth action team works is a direct reflection of the situation in its community. It is unlikely any two teams will look or work identically.

The second key step in keeping a community action group active and relevant is to evaluate
both the team's actions and the changing landscape around it. Examples:
  • If schools training fails to curb abuse among students, a new direction is required
  • If meth labs suddenly begin to reappear in larger numbers, a new strategy may
    have to be added
  • If a large number children are being removed from meth-abusers' homes, the team may need a new plan for intervention and reuniting families.

COMMUNITY ACTION PLANNING TOOLS

The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers an interactive tool that communities can use to help establish and direct their groups.
Click here to access the SAMHSA "Communities that Care" planning system
(Note: requires free registration)

The National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute also offers a planning tool for community activism.

Other Resources available, state by state