Youth Prevention Needs Assessment Survey
Middle and high school students in the CDHCC service area
There are four substance abuse prevention coalitions in Hampshire County, including three with federal Drug Free Communities grant funding. Prevention is effective when it is based on local data, applies evidence based strategies based on that data, and engages a range of partners to enact programs and environmental changes. Local coalitions and school districts need support to implement the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey. Support includes staff time for logistics, communication, preparing materials, and training for school personnel involved in the survey.
Prepare schools for survey implementation
School’s will be prepared to implement the Prevention Needs Assessment in the spring of 2015.
Develop logistics for the survey project
Develop communication materials and a communication plan
Prepare materials for communication and training
Develop a training/instructional plan for school personnel
Enhance Continuum of Care
CDHCC area residents with mental health needs
In the late winter of 2013, Cooley Dickinson and other Pioneer Valley hospitals commissioned a survey of health issues. In the CDHCC service area, 926 people completed the survey. When asked to state the top health issues that need to be addressed, mental health was the second highest concern, with 8.9 percent of respondents choosing this topic.
When Cooley Dickinson conducted key informant interviews in the summer of 2013, access to mental health care was suggested as a measure for community health. Cooley Dickinson conducted a focus group about mental health in the summer of 2013 and held a community forum in later summer 2013. Both groups included patients, family members, advocates, and providers.
Several needs were identified including access to psychiatrists, early screening, day treatment, and transitional care. The group also identified access to housing, shelters, family resources, long wait times and access to primary care to address medication/prescription renewal. Another theme was the need for more education about mental illness among first responders and emergency staff. CDHCC worked with the SPIFFY coalition to hold a community forum on mental health.
Create a better coordinated system of mental health care.
Patients, families, and providers will develop a plan to improve the functioning of the continuum of care
Planning process as determined through a request for proposal process; pilot projects as determined through grant-making process.
This project addresses the Massachusetts health priorities of access to health, and health equity, health reform, chronic disease management.