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SOOAR' Goal
To establish single or  multi-community Quality Of Life Coalitions  creating an environment that makes healthy choices easier and possible for all residents of the communities we serve. Shared leadership empowers the coalition to make the best use of its resources to provide a comprehensive and coordinated prevention effort for the citizens through education, partnerships and effective programming. 


Purpose 
To conduct a community planning process to establish a multidisciplinary continuum of care.


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QUALITY OF LIFE COMMUNITY COALITION

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Project Objectives

1.   Establish a coalition of 10-20 stakeholders to oversee the planning process. Establish goals, objectives, monthly meeting schedules, decision-making processes, responsibilities, and commitments to active participation. The coalition will include, but is not limited to, representatives from: local government, law enforcement, youth, family resource centers, community clinics, private clinicians, behavioral health, public health, human services, education, businesses, and the faith community. A Project Consultant, under the direction of the SEMCA will coordinate and facilitate the coalition and the activities of the planning process.


2.   Identify and review best practices that result in increased access to coordinated and comprehensive prevention and intervention services. Document successes, challenges and lessons learned.


3.   Conduct focus groups with community members to identify unmet health needs, service gaps, barriers to accessing existing services, and recommendations for new services. Conduct one-on-one interviews to determine utilization and perceptions of services, barriers to access, and recommendations for additional prevention, intervention and support services.


4.   Conduct 20 key informant interviews with health professionals, community service providers, county department directors and elected officials to provide input on existing services, utilization, eligibility, costs, gaps, policies and regulations challenges and opportunities, funding reallocation opportunities, and areas of potential collaboration and linkages.


5.   Conduct an analysis of local, state, and federal public policy issues and funding trends for substance abuse prevention and intervention.


6.   Produce a written report, approved by the coalition that summarizes input from research and interviews; makes recommendations regarding improvements to existing programs, options for new services, areas of collaboration, and elimination of barriers to access; analyzes how funding and policy trends can affect program development and sustainability; includes an action plan and timeline for implementing recommendations.


7.   Identify appropriate strategies to advocate for funding, policy and systems changes necessary for effective implementation of action plan.


8.   Identify, define and assign roles and responsibilities across systems for successful plan implementation, including additional planning, funding and training to assure successful, long-term implementation.