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  1. Working with the State Infrastructure The Connecticut Example Marlene F. McGann, MSCJCT Inhalant Task Force PO Box 307, Wallingford, CT 06492 203-294-3591 ctinhalantinfo@aol.com

  2. How We Began • Exploratory meeting/training 2004 • “Worker Bees” and “Ripples” • Focus on accomplishing tasks • Who should be at the table? • What consistent message do we agree upon?

  3. Using Existing Structures • CT SPF SIG • CT Resource Links • Drug Free Communities Grantees • OJJDP Grantees • RADAR Network • Regional and Local Prevention Councils

  4. CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction CT Dept. of Public Health CT Dept. of Consumer Protection CT State Fire Marshall CT Office of the Child Advocate CT Chief State’s Attorney CT Fire Academy CT RADAR Center CT Poison Control Center Current Statewide Partners

  5. CT Multicultural Learning Institute CT Safe Kids Coalition CT DARE Officers Association Governor’s Prevention Partnership CT Coalition for the Advancement of Prevention CT Resource Link structure CT Prevention Network * system Current Statewide Partners

  6. Local Health Departments Local Police Departments Local Youth Service Bureaus Local Social Service Departments Drug Free Communities Grantees OJJDP Grantees Current Local Partners

  7. New “Targeted” Partners • State Department of Education • CT Academy of Pediatrics • Treatment Centers • Retailers Associations • School Nurse Associations • State and Local PTA/PTO • Legislators

  8. Goals • Training of trainers • Establish target audiences • Increase access to appropriate materials and shared resources • Develop local experts • Media awareness campaigns • Build treatment capacity

  9. Champions Shared leadership Sense of accomplishment Website Continued and expanded partnerships Incorporation of education and awareness into continuing work plans of partners Built capacity and ownership Targeted funding where needed Sustainability