Guiding Good Choices Spring 2018 Offerings

We are pleased to announce that we will be offing Guiding Good Choice again in Pasco. We are accepting parent application for our parent classes to start on May 8th in both English and Spanish (please note that we this will be based on parent sign-ups).

Guiding Good Choices is a free 5-week course teaching people how to help reduce the risk of substance abuse in children age 8-14. The goal of the Guiding Good Choices program is to prevent substance abuse among teens by teaching parents of preteens and younger adolescents the skills they need to improve family communication and family bonding. The program draws on extensive research that demonstrates the critical importance of bonding in reducing or inhibiting adolescent participation in antisocial behaviors.During the course of the Guiding Good Choices program, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. Parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children's involvement in the family.

The following are some of the links to the event. To learn more or show your interest you can see the event at Facebook:

We are completing sign ups for the event through EventBright. The following are the links for the sign ups:

Take the 2016 PDC Community Survey

If you are over 18, and live in Pasco, we invite you to take our community survey.

The community survey helps our coalition to know and more information regarding the perceptions in our community and to make better decisions regarding what we should be focusing our prevention efforts on.

We are asking the Pasco Community to participate in this survey. The survey is about concerns related to substance abuse among youth in your community. We will use these surveys to guide our work to develop effective substance abuse prevention programs for your community.

Le solicitamos que participe en esta encuesta si viven en PASCO. La encuesta es acerca de inquietudes relacionadas con el abuso de sustancias entre los jóvenes de su comunidad. Usaremos estas encuestas para orientar nuestros trabajos para desarrollar programas efectivos de prevención de abuso de sustancias para su comunidad.

The Opioid Epidemic


Opioids have been in the news frequently recently, and we wanted to share some information with our coalition about what has been happening. Our initiative along with our partnership with the Prosser CIA coalition regarding prescription drug permeant take back boxes is in part aimed at reducing opioid abuse.

So you might not know exactly what opioids are. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus.

Medications that fall within this class include hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), codeine, and related drugs. Hydrocodone products are the most commonly prescribed for a variety of painful conditions, including dental and injury-related pain. Morphine is often used before and after surgical procedures to alleviate severe pain. Codeine, on the other hand, is often prescribed for mild pain. In addition to their painrelieving properties, some of these drugs—codeine and diphenoxylate (Lomotil) for example—can be used to relieve coughs and severe diarrhea.
— National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Planet Money on NPR recently broadcast a store called Hooked on Heroin that gives a good look and history into opioids and their connection to the rise in heroin abuse in the United states. You can listen to the story below.

Congressman Dan Newhouse, from the 4th District, in an email to his supports discusses his actions to approve Senate Bill 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

The bill passed in the House on a vote of 407 to 5. The bill reforms drug treatment and education programs and supports states by expanding access to addiction treatment services for individuals with an opioid use disorder. Among other efforts, it expands access to life-saving opioid overdose reversal drugs by supporting the purchase and distribution of opioid overdose reversal drugs and training for first responders.
— Dan Newhouse

He also discusses the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646). He stated "Which represents the most significant reform to our nation’s mental health programs in decades. The bill would improve coordination among mental health programs, drive evidence-based grants, foster access to care for short term stays of adults in institutions for mental disease, and expand outpatient treatment for mental health. It would also improve mental health treatment for children. This bipartisan legislation is an important step to address the mental health crisis facing our nation." You can read more about some of his recent activities in his email Combatting Opioid Epidemic and Reforming Mental Health.

Our new Pasco Discovery Coalition Coordinator is Julissa Aranda-Crow

Hi, my name is Julissa (Who-lisa) Crow and I am excited to work as the Community Coordinator in my home town of Pasco.  Many of you do not know about the Pasco Discovery Coalition so let me tell you a little about who we are.  The Pasco Discovery Coalition was founded in 2010 due to sate dollars that were given to different communities throughout the state who's youth reported heavy underage drinking and other drug use through a bi annually Healthy Youth Survey.  The Pasco Discovery Coalition relies heavily on Community Partners, not for funds but for your creative ideas, volunteers and the heart needed to help our community in need.  In order for Pasco to maintain our funding through the state we must have different sectors in the community represented on our Executive Committee.  These sectors include:  youth, parents, business, law enforcement, Civic/Volunteer group, healthcare professional, media, school, youth serving organizations, religious/fraternal organization, state/local/tribal governments, other substance abuse organizations, chemical dependency treatment, and mental health services.  The Pasco Community has a lot to do this year and we need your help!  Monthly meetings are held at Ochoa Middle School (1801 E. Sheppard St., Pasco, WA 99301) on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm.  Please contact me, Julissa Crow for more information at (509)851-7140 or   

Coalition Poll for Designated Marijuana Funds

We want to get feedback from the community regarding how to spend our Designated Marijuana Funds (DMF) that the coalition will receive for the 2016 year. The DMF can only be spent on specific evidence-based programs listed by the state as options. At our last coalition meeting, we spent a significant amount of the time reviewing the various possible programs that could be implemented. In that group format and as an executive team we have narrowed down our choices for program funding between two options. These are The Incredible Years Parenting Program and Communities In Schools. We want your feedback and selection regarding which of these two programs to allocate this years funding to. This email contains a poll at the bottom. You will be able to click the button that most accurately reflects your opinion. We apologize for the short turnaround time, but we will stop collecting responses as of Thursday 02/18/16 at 12:00 PM. Thank you for your consideration. The following a brief description about the two programs, and specific conversations in regards to implementation as a part of the PDC. Both are great options, and would be very beneficial to our community

Incredible Years

The Incredible Years(r) is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. More information can be found at their website.

Safe Harbor Family Support Center has reported that they will be willing to assist us with the implementation of this program. They currently only have one person trained, and we are unsure currently if we will get other coalition members trained in time to implement the program within the time constraints of the grant. Furthermore, it is a intensive and extended parenting program that can go for 18 to 20 sessions. Having such an intensive program can be difficult to demonstrate high rates of completion due to problems related to group attrition. We would likely be able to fund other projects and items along with the Incredible Years.

Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) works to coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of these students—academic and non-academic—so they come to school ready to learn. They do this through one-to-one services such as academic help, basic needs like food and clothing, physical and mental health care, mentoring, or college and career preparation help individual students overcome barriers to success at school. They also do school-wide offerings like bully prevention assemblies and after-school enrichment meet broad student needs. more information can be found at their website.

Pasco School District is working on bringing CIS to some of their schools. We would be able to fund a staff person for this year, but even with the entirety of the DMF next year, if the grant is given again (this grant is not guaranteed for future years), we would not be able to fund even an entire position next year. Because we would be partnering in bringing in the program, the school district and CIS would want us to plan to continue to allocate our DMF to their program at least for a couple of years while the program gets off the ground.


Select the option that most accurately reflects your opinion regarding funding allocation. We will stop receiving community feedback on Thursday 02/18/16 at 12:00 PM.

Program Selection *
Your selection of the which program the PDC should implement.
Further comments you might have.