Community Coalitions


Who participates in community coalitions?

People involved in coalitions share one basic trait—they are determined to make a difference. If you’re committed to the idea of improving our communities, reducing drug use, and ensuring better lives for us all, consider one of the drug-prevention coalitions below. The PRC-3 is pleased to assist and support those who:

  • coordinate community services to cover the most territory possible and avoid duplication of efforts
  • efficiently and effectively use limited resources
  • build public support for prevention efforts
  • work to identify community needs, develop the resources to address that need, provide a link between individuals in need of assistance and the system of care in their community

If you’re an individual, service provider, or business seeking to become involved in the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention efforts within your community, this is the place to look. Unless otherwise noted, the groups listed below have open memberships and would welcome your involvement. If you’re involved in an ATOD prevention, intervention, or treatment coalition in our region, and don’t see your group listed below, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you, and including your group on this list.

Our Community Partnerships

Alliance on Underage Drinking

  • Based at The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, the coalition offers monthly networking and planning opportunities for those in the Dallas County substance abuse prevention field.
  • Uses the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Prevention Framework model to plan prevention focusing on marijuana abuse, prescription drug abuse, and most importantly, underage drinking and young adult binge drinking.
  • Participates in the spring “BuzzFree PROMises and TUXedo Giveaway”

Contact Information June Deibel, 214-522-8600, ext. 256

The Center for Children’s Health

  • The Center for Children’s Health, led by Cook Children’s hospital, is home to the Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS), Community Health Outreach, and Community Health Research.
  • The Center’s goal is to create aligned collaborations that will allow us to make our North Texas region one of the healthiest places to raise a child.
  • Separate coalitions meet monthly in Tarrant, Parker, Hood, Johnson, Cook, Denton, and Wise Counties.

For more information and contact details please visit

Challenge of Tarrant County Coalitions

  • Informal networking serves as a gateway to social services in Tarrant County.
  • Several college-based coalitions on a mission to reduce substance abuse at the University of Texas at Arlington, Weatherford College, and Texas Christian University.
  • Identifies resources to meet needs.

Contact Information

Collin County Social Services Association

  • Informal networking serves as a gateway to social services in Collin County.
  • Gathers on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30am until 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Allen, 201 E. McDermott, Building A., Room A203, Allen, TX 75002 to discuss emerging trends and needs in Collin County.
  • Identifies resources to meet needs.

Contact Information Carolyn Lovell, (940) 390-8087

Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership (DADPP)

    • DADPP is an outgrowth of the Cheese/Heroin Task Force, founded in March 2007. Originally this task force was established solely to address the community crisis of Dallas youth abusing and dying from the use of cheese/heroin, the often lethal combination of black tar heroin and nighttime cold medicine.


  • In January of 2008, the Task Force decided by official vote that it would work toward the goal of transforming itself into a permanent Dallas area drug coalition.
  • Now DADPP continues to aggressively tackle youth heroin abuse, but is also working to reduce the incidence and impact of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth.
  • The coalition is comprised of concerned citizens, law enforcement personnel, educators, substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals, health care providers and government officials who have joined forces and are facilitating accurate data collection, parent and student education, media messages, and community outreach.

Contact Information Mikesha Barnett, (214) 522-8600 x228

DWI Task Force

  • Works to reduce the incidence of DWI in Dallas County – especially among youth.
  • Reviews and develops policy; supports enforcement efforts.
  • Provides and/or coordinates community education.

Contact Information Linda Baker, (214) 339-8381

Ellis County Drug-Free Coalition

  • The focus among members included the importance of mobilizing a collaborative long range planning effort to address risk and protective factors in the community as well as support tested and effective prevention programming.
  • The coalition has a long history of community-based volunteerism addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues facing Ellis County.
  • The partnership has over one hundred members and thirty agencies represented.
  • Contact Tom Kowatch, Program Coordinator, Coalition Coordinator & Certified Prevention Specialist at or call 972-723-1053 for more information.

Hood County Substance Abuse Council

  • Hood County SAC was implemented to confront youth substance abuse in Hood County. They accomplish this by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, developing collaborations and advocating for sound public policy.
  • Contact Dave Moore, Chairman, (817) 579-5100 or email Marisa Crabb, Program Coordinator, at for more information.

Hunt County Interagency Network

  • Links 50 area health & service agencies for information exchange, service needs identification, and referral encouragement.
  • Provides Network Resource Training for school staff and teachers each fall.
  • Status and capacity of member agencies to provide services (Salvation Army’s Coat Closet, electricity program via TXU Energy) is updated, and announcements about community wide events are made.

Contact Information Bonita Malone, (903) 454-4300

IMPACT Communities

    • IMPACT Communities is formed by Drug Prevention Resources, Inc (DPRI). These coalitions serve five communities in Region 3, including Cedar Hill, Ennis, Grand Prairie, Navarro County, and Waxahachie. Each coalition is dedicated to reducing and preventing youth substance abuse and its consequences in its respective community using community prevention strategies. To learn more about IMPACT Communities, please visit

Contact Information

  • Agapito Chavez, IMPACT Cedar Hill Coalition Coordinator, 972-518-1821
  • Shelley Miller, IMPACT Ennis Coalition Coordinator, 972-937-1531
  • Alvis Reeves, IMPACT Navarro Coalition Coordinator, 903-875-8727
  • Shari Phillips, IMPACT Waxahachie DFC Program Manager, 972-937-1531
  • Jennifer Heggland, IMPACT Waxahachie Coalition Coordinator, 972-937-1531
  • Summar Thomas Mosby, IMPACT Garland Coalition Coordinator, 972-518-1821
  • Gina Alley, IMPACT Grand Prairie Coalition Coordinator, 972-237-8063

Tobacco-Free North Texas

The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse is the founding agency of

Tobacco-Free North Texas

with members representing health, advocacy and substance abuse prevention agencies throughout 19 North Texas counties.

Tobacco-Free North Texas is a proactive organization dedicated to reduce the burden and impact of tobacco use through education, action, and smoke-free initiatives throughout North Texas. Contact Information Kim-Cuong Than, (214) 821-5393 x236

Network of North Texas Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Providers
Networking opportunity for DSHS-funded substance abuse prevention providers in North Texas. Contact Information Di Ann Rucker, (817) 492-4673

Texans Standing Tall

  • Membership organization for interested individuals and service organizations supporting and in learning about underage drinking reduction in Texas.
  • Addresses specific issues around keg registration, stings, density of youth marketing, cultural celebrations, and excise tax.
  • Texas’ only state-wide organization based in Austin working solely to reduce underage drinking through policy initiatives at the state level, and through consultation with local coalitions.

Contact Information Nicole Holt, (512) 442-7501