History

  • Established in 2005, the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition (Alliance of Citizens Together Improving Our Neighborhoods) was a product of a HRSA (Human Resource and Service Administration) grant, which aims at increasing mental health services in the county and America’s Promise movement.
  • With the help of the Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Division and CADCAT, the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition formed and embarked on a media campaign to educate Johnson County citizens about the hazards of meth use and production through a Promotoras. 
  • The A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition secured funding from the DFC (Drug Free Communities) grant and hired its first two full time staff members.
  • Since then the coalition has been funded through state and federal grants to support and sponsor youth development programs such as SADD, MTC (Mobile Team Challenge), hosted RBS (Responsible Beverage Server) training, sobriety checkpoints in partnership with law enforcement, and mentoring & facilitating new coalitions in Northeast TN.

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Current funding

Health Resources Service Administration Grant

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We were awarded a planning grant for 2019-2020 to work with our community to come up with ideas that will help alleviate  substance use in our community.  

Partnership for Success-RX

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The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has extended their grant award to our service region through September 2020 to concentrate on reducing prescription and non prescription drug use, concentrating on the opioid use/misuse/abuse.

Established Coalition Grant

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The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has awarded us a grant for 2019-2020 that focuses primarily on alcohol/nicotine use among our youth.

Community Support

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Although grants are a great source of funding for prevention activities they are restricted in what they are allowed to do. Community partnerships are a great source to help fill in the gap where grant funding leaves off.  Allowing us to purchase items  and provide activities and entertainment for our youth and children is a great way to cultivate a positive atmosphere for our young people to grow and enrich their lives.