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Formerly known as Drug-Free Action Alliance, Prevention Action Alliance focuses on bringing people, groups and resources together to prevent substance abuse. This statewide prevention organization is one of Ohio's leading resources for helping communities prevent the abuse of alcohol and use of other drugs.

The organization was founded in 1987 by Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, and other Ohioans concerned about substance use among young people. Prevention Action Alliance initially focused on educating and supporting parents but has expanded the mission to assist all who are interested in substance abuse prevention.

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws in Ohio

The funds were used to support local projects and to develop a statewide media campaign, titled "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most".

Additionally, the Department has awarded federal block grant funds to four community-based coalitions statewide. These funds maintain programming efforts, which had started with OJJDP Discretionary funds. The coalitions' emphasize the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free which is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15. To accomplish this goal coalitions' work with schools, parent and youth organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement and social service providers.

Higher Education High Risk Drinking Prevention

The Department funds Prevention Action Alliance to provide statewide training and technical assistance to 42 Ohio colleges and universities on high risk drinking prevention and program development. This effort continues to receive national attention.

OhioMHAS provides additional funds to ten colleges and universities to implement a prevention and early intervention program to students under the age of 21, with special emphasis on addressing underage access and increasing awareness of the problem of high risk drinking.

Drug-Free Community Coalitions
The Department provides funds for 14 Drug-Free Community Coalitions around Ohio to help establish and build on locally driven coalitions to deal with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use/abuse needs and to mobilize and promote healthy youth development.

Statewide Prevention Coalition Association