The mission of the Civil Operations program is to coach communities in delivering collaborative and effective strategies that create healthy citizens. The Civil Operations section of the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Joint Task Force began in 1995 with a mission to utilize the unique National Guard resources to help create and promote drug-free communities. All services have always been and continue to be at no cost to the agency supported. Coalition development support exists to aid in the development of community based organizations while implementing effective prevention practices to reduce the illegal use of drugs. Educating coalitions on the Strategic Prevention Framework provides them with proven guidance for an effective coalition.
Support can include any of the following to meet the requesting organization's needs:
- Coalition coaching
Assist in the development of community based organizations while implementing effective prevention practices to reduce the illegal use of drugs and facilitates community based training on effective coalition development. Educating coalitions on the Strategic Prevention Framework provides them with proven guidance for an effective coalition.
- Attendance and Involvement at Coalition Meetings
- Kaizen Implementation
A National Guard tool specifically designed for helping coalitions conduct a self-assessment, thus allowing for improvement in the community. A 35 minute survey produces immediate results for discussion to get everyone on the same page.
- Coalition Facilitation
- Community Based Support
Assistance with Logic Models, Community Assessments, and Evaluation and Sustainability Plans
- Leadership Development Support
Support camps, retreats, seminars, and programs that focus on developing youth’s leadership skills. The focus is on developing essential skills for a young person to be an effective member of society: Teamwork, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Planning, Communication and an Individual Sense of Self.
- Informational Support
Provide presentations for the sole purpose of providing information about drug abuse or drug abuse programs. This includes speakers, static displays and educating parents on current drug trends and where to seek help if they suspect a family member is abusing drugs.