On September 14, 2016, the formation of a newly established non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization was announced, the Cambria County Drug Coalition (CCDC). The Coalition was formed to serve as the hub of coordination, the leader of a comprehensive community initiative that would foster cross sector collaborations in addressing matters linked to drugs. Through inclusive measures, the Coalition staff and all members strive to eliminate the devastating impact of substance use and misuse. Working together to develop wide scale integrated solutions that improve quality of life and create safe and drug free communities across Cambria County. The CCDC is a catalyst for positive change!
The CCDC collaborative partners are united by a common mission and shared roles. The roles include efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate overdose deaths, taking life saving measures that will lead to reuniting families. With the law enforcement sector, Coalition members concentrate on reducing the infiltration of drugs in neighborhoods across the county. In collaboration with prevention professionals and county educators’ efforts to expand evidence-based youth drug prevention holds a high priority in conjunction with environmental prevention initiatives. With the foundational belief that every life matters every time and with the recognition that recovery is a reality, Coalition partners from the healthcare, treatment and recovery sectors together unite to communicate treatment options, working to stop the cycle and reduce the paralyzing stigma linked to addiction. Playing a key role in communicating to the public about the mission/vision and impact of the Coalition stands partners from all forms of media outlets. Concerned stakeholders from the business and faith-based communities play an important part as engaged sectors in the outreach of the Coalition.
The ground work to form the Coalition was put into motion by a strong committed group of individuals including: Former Cambria County District Attorney – Kelly Callihan, Former President of United Way of the Laurel Highlands – Bill McKinney, Former Vice President for Business Development and Government Affairs for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center – John Moryken, President of 1889 Foundation – Sue Mann, President Cambria County Commissioner-Tom Chernisky, Former Johnstown Chief of Police – Craig Foust, Commissioner from Somerset County – Pamela Tokar-Ickes, Former Human Services Coordinator for Somerset County/Current Grant Developer for United Way of the Laurel Highlands – Travis Hutzell.
A significant milestone in the formation of the Coalition as an independent organization was when 4 philanthropic granting organizations agreed to come together to jointly provide funding in support of initiatives identified as part of in the Coalition’s strategic plan as well as staffing and associated operational expenses. The granting organizations include: 1889 Foundation, Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, Lee Initiatives, and United Way of the Laurel Highlands. To date, all these organizations are actively engaged and continue to provide funding in direct support of the Coalition’s mission. Additional grants have been awarded both from a state and national level and other funders continue to come forward to provide financial backing that will ensure that the positive impact and lifesaving differences made by the Coalition can continue.
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