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Alcohol Drug Abuse and Prevention Team - Casey Parnell

This coalition focuses on substance abuse prevention with focus areas including alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and prescription drugs. Please contact Casey for meeting information or go to Calendar of Events.

In October of 2010 the Taney County ADAPT team was nationally recognized. They received the “Milestones” award recognizing newer coalitions that demonstrate progress toward meeting long-term outcomes (reductions in substance abuse or substance abuse-related problems) as indicated by measurable, community-level changes in intermediate outcomes.

The Safe and Sober Prom Night Campaign is another event targeted toward the youth of the community.  Approximately four weeks before prom, students and their parents have the option of signing a pledge card to stay drug and alcohol free during prom season.  Schools are placed into divisions based on the number of prom eligible students in their school.  The school from each division who has the most percentage of students sign the pledge wins $100,000. 

The After-Prom Event tops off the alcohol awareness campaign and is the biggest event sponsored by ADAPT.  Prom attendees are invited to come to the IMAX to watch a movie and enjoy popcorn and a beverage for free.

The ADAPT coalition received, through Missouri’s Youth Adult Alliance (MYAA), a permanent Drug Drop Box. This box is located at the City of Branson Police Department and is available 24/7. Another drop box is available to the community at the County Sheriff’s Department in Forsyth.  Things that ARE accepted at the boxes include: Over-the-counter medications, vitamins, drug samples, medications for pets, ointments, lotions, liquid medications in glass or leak proof containers. Things that are NOT accepted include: needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers.

In addition to educating the public about underage drinking ADAPT also sponsored a Prescription Drug Take Back Event in September. During this event prescription drug collection sites were set up in Branson, Hollister and Forsyth.  Between the 3 sites, we were able to collect approximately 150 pounds of expired medications.  The Drug Enforcement Administration then took these medications and disposed of them properly, keeping them out of teens hands and out of the water supply.

If you would like more information about community coalitions contact Kara Miller at
(417)334-4544 Ext. 225.

Healthy Families Taskforce
Healthy Families Taskforce (HFT) has been in existence since 1997.  It includes representatives from more than 40 public and private human service organizations.  HFT meets on the second Thursday of each month, at the Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson.  For information regarding the location of the next meeting, contact the University of Missouri Extension office at (417) 546-4431.

OWN it (Ozarks Wellness Network)
OWN it has 61 agencies who regularly attend their meetings. All activities are based around the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessments and there are dedicated action teams to address each need. Action teams include ADAPT, Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance, Access to Health, Dental, Senior Health, Child and Family Safety, Unhealthy Body Weight and Mental Health. OWN it meets on the first Tuesday every other month.

Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance
Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance focuses on tobacco cessation and smoke-free workplace policies. TLCAA meets the second Tuesday at 3:30 at Taney County Health Department.





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Forsyth Office:      15479 State Highway 160, Forsyth, MO 65653   Phone: 417-546-4725 or 1-888-707-4725        Fax: 417-546-4727
Branson Office:               320 Rinehart Road, Branson, MO 65616    Phone: 417-334-4544 or 1-888-294-9530        Fax: 417-335-5727

Animal Care & Control Center: 255 Critter Trail, Hollister, MO 65672    Phone: 417-332-0172 Fax: 417-332-2672  Fax: 417-332-2672