Open House recap

what Oregon City sector leaders had to say

sectors represented:

  • Youth
  • Faith Community
  • Parents
  • Schools
  • Healthcare
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Civic/Volunteer Organizations
  • Government
  • Arts & Culture

What problems do you see in Oregon City related to youth substance abuse?

  • economy
  • not enough youth oriented activities
  • not enough after school programs for working parents
  • sports activities too expensive for majority of students
  • more info is needed on available resources
  • Retail sales to minors
  • parents okay with drinking at home
  • prescription meds
  • heroin increase
  • DUI/MIP?
  • Funding for school programming / electives
  • lack of stability for housing / parent support
  • social promotion
  • lack of support from family members
  • lack of alternative space
  • unemployment/economic times
  • drop out rate increasing
  • jobs
  • decreasing participation in faith-based activities
  • homelessness
  • access to mental health facilities
  • transportation barriers for youth getting to services
  • resources

What current efforts are you aware of that intend to address these problems?

  • Drug and Alcohol curriculum in schools
  • school activities
  • Clackamas County Behavioral Health / Children & Family
  • Faith Communities – youth groups
  • weekly drop-in for GLBTQ youth
  • Truancy court
  • Living Room resource
  • Faith based community & OCSD homeless liaison working on homelessness issues
  • school-based health center at OCHS
  • sports – community & school
  • OC Parks & Rec
  • Community Schools
  • Clackamas Children’s’ Center & Women’s Center
  • Martha Schrader’s’ veterans’ program
  • drop-in medical center through Willamette Falls Hospital
  • Arts?

What is missing in the community’s response?

  • money
  • resources
  • lack of coordination of services
  • lack of urgency
  • business community involvement is low
  • youth voices – high school seniors
  • activities – age-based
  • rigorous enforcement of MIP laws
  • how is the library involved?
  • resources
  • parent involvement
  • compartmentalization of sectors – lack of connection
  • tying in problem to behavior/grades
  • truancy
  • C.A.R.E.S. response – identification & intervention
  • transportation for rural
  • social promotion

What is possible?

  • connected/supported community with all agencies
  • drug-free homes
  • rigorous enforcement of laws – policy changes
  • peer-to-peer support
  • stronger family relationships
  • cultural shifts as to what are our new norms
  • reduction in underage drinking
  • more access to treatment programs for all members of family
  • info in school newsletter & online links to info
  • print docs from schools
  • youth com. center in OCity
  • lunch buddy
  • networking with Chamber of Commerce
  • mentoring at high school level to elementary
  • enlist as mentors high school students who need community service hours to graduate
  • everything
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