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Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Project


The Turtle Mountain Community College Regional Substance Abuse Prevention (RSAP) Project is a collaborative project between TMCC and the State of North Dakota Department of Human Services/Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (NDDHS/MHSAS). Dave’s overall role is to help local communities enhance their capacity to address issues related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and consultation, guidance, and resources to community
entities. Dave assists with cultural and drug and alcohol free activities, offers information and education such as brochures, and coordinates with coalitions & media at local events. The Tribal Prevention Coordinator can help promote and establish drug and alcohol policies, laws, and can assist your community in identifying effective prevention strategies that will work for you.
Please note that Prevention Coordinators are not licensed addiction counselors and cannot provide evaluations or direct care to youth, adults, or families, but can do intake & referrals. Call Dave Garcia or send and email to Phone (701)477.7917 or (701)477.7862 ext 3803; Fax: (701)477.7870. Dave is located
at TMCC South Campus in former Education Building.

Tribal Prevention Coordinators

The overall role of the North Dakota Substance Abuse Tribal Prevention Coordinators is to help tribal communities enhance their capacity to address issues related to alcohol, cigarette, and other drugs.
We provide culturally appropriate technical assistance and resources to:

  • Schools/Universities/Colleges
  • Law Enforcement/Juvenile Justice/Probation & Parole
  • Tribal Health Programs
  • Community groups
  • Workplaces
  • Persons or Groups Interested in Prevention

Tribal Prevention Coordinators also serve as a liaison for the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services providing updated and pertinent prevention information.

What We Offer

  • Borchures/Posters
  • Provide resources for youth, families, workplaces, and community educational programs
  • Collaboration with drug and alcohol free activities
  • Assist in multi-agency planning efforts
  • Help promote and establish drug and alcohol law and order codes

Infuse substance abuse prevention messages into your daily work with youth!

  • Seven Scared Teachings themed worksheets & classroom/group activities
  • Medicine Wheel themed workshets & classroom/group room activities
  • Youth Activities for the Classroom and Beyond for additional prevention themed classroom/group ideas and activities
  • For more information on substance abuse prevention in the schools visit our Education page

The RSAP Project goals and objectives are to:

  1. Work toward building and maintaining a comprehensive umbrella coalition encompassing all individual, agency and community stakeholders.

    • Attend monthly meetings and maintain membership and involvement in related Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) groups, coalitions and committees.
    • Give input and technical assistance to SAP related community coalitions, committees and groups on an on-going basis.
    • Take an active part in respective activities and events of SAP related groups, committees and coalitions, including special events and sponsored trainings, workshops and conferences.
  2. To assess, redefine, evaluate and plan for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) strategies and delivery systems in the area, in a unified holistic, multi-sectoral approach.

    • Assess, compile, research and survey community SAP and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) needs and issues on a continual basis.
    • Develop SAP strategies and activities based on the compiled data and statistics from the community-wide assessment on an as needed on-going basis.
    • Evaluate the implementation of SAP strategies and activities on a continual basis where applicable.
  3. To strengthen community SAP protective factors by implementing Federal and other traditional and non-traditional and cultural-based SAP programming, strategies and activities.

    • Implement 6 Federal SAP strategies on a continual basis as per the Goals given here and the TMCC/State of North Dakota Regional Substance Abuse Prevention contract and other applicable Federal, State and Tribal rules and regulations.
      1. Information Dissemination
      2. Education
      3. Alternatives
      4. Problem Idetification/Referral
      5. Community Based Process
      6. Environmental
    • Implement basic relevant culture-based SAP programming, training and special events in accordance with and based on Chippewa and other American Indian cultural and traditional beliefs, practices, customs and ceremonies.
  4. Provide technical assistance and assist with the development and provision of support to community coalitions and to the community pertaining to trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences and special events.

    • Continue to work to support activities of the Safety Clan AOD Prevention Coalition, Turtle Mountain Tobacco Prevention Coalition (and other related groups).
    • Provide technical assistance and support for the development of community SAP coalitions, committees and ad-hoc groups.
    • Provide technical assistance and support for community SAP related special events, seminars, trainings, workshops and conferences.

Please refer to the following link for North Dakota Substance Abuse Prevention

Prevention Resource Center Clearinghouse Order Form

The six federal substance abuse prevention strategies for primary prevention are:

  1. Information Dissemination
  2. Education
  3. Alternatives
  4. Problem Identification/Referral
  5. Community Based Process
  6. Environmental