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CEASe Monthly Meetings

CEASe meets the first Thursday of every month from 11:45AM to 1:00PM at Scott County EMS Training Institute, 1468 Scott Valley Dr., Scottsburg, Indiana. Contact Coordinator Lori Croasdell at or call 812-820-0620 for more information.

Lori Croasdell

CEASe DFC Coordinator Lori Croasdell

CEASe Coalition Continues Impacting Scott County

CEASe’s vision is that Scott County will be a community free of substance use and addictions. Their goals include increasing community collaboration, preventing and reducing prescription drug misuse by youth, and decreasing youth alcohol use. Their focused activities relate to building coalition capacity, strengthening collaboration and incorporating the seven proven core strategies of the DFC.

In Year 4 of their Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant, CEASe continues the implementation phase of their 12-Month Action Plan and has 5 active workgroups currently implementing activities within their plan. The coalition has broad sector representation, an active membership, and is well known and highly respected as a regional leader in reducing substance use. CEASe is excited to have the structure and guidance of the DFC to help guide, organize, and fuel coalition efforts. The guiding principle of the DFC is that “Local Problems Require Local Solutions.”

CEASe would like to share some highlights of their coalition activities that continue during the COVID-19 quarantine: CEASe members and leaders continue to meet via Zoom once a month with good attendance; the ACEs/Trauma and Community Education Work Groups continue to meet on a regular basis via Zoom to work on action items in the Year Four 12-month action plan; the Community Education Workgroup is working on printing and distributing 6 Parenting Practices to Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem to all parents of Scott County 6th – 12th grade students; the ACEs/Trauma Work Group is meeting regularly and getting permission to show the Resilience Documentary virtually, along with providing 6 one-hour sessions of the Trauma Informed Care Training and Certification on Zoom.

CEASe is Scott County’s Local Coordinating Council comprised of individuals and community leaders representing different community sectors working together. CEASe coordinates Scott County’s Drug Free Communities Project funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. By using the Strategic Prevention Framework process as a planning guide, the coalition responds to local drug and alcohol problems with the goal of preventing and reducing the incidence and prevalence of substance use and addictions among youth and adults in Scott County.

Interested in learning how you can make a difference with CEASe, contact Lori Croasdell at 812-820-0620 or

EMPOWER Encourages Youth to Get and Stay Involved

SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.— EMPOWER, Scott County’s Youth Coalition led by DFC Youth Coordinator, Melinda Lowry, is a youth-driven and youth-managed coalition with participation from both Austin and Scottsburg Middle and High School students. 

EMPOWER was created as part of the Scott County Drug Free Communities Support Program initiative of the CEASe Coalition. Their mission is to align youth with their community to create a powerful impact through prevention, health improvement, and positive relationships. They chose the name EMPOWER because it encourages and equips Scott County youth with the tools to live healthy, safe, and drug-free lives.

EMPOWER would like to share some highlights of their coalition activities during COVID-19: the EMPOWER Leadership Team continues meeting once a week via Zoom planning youth prevention initiatives with good attendance; the full EMPOWER coalition also meets via Zoom once a month; EMPOWER Leadership continues social media posts providing opportunities for Scott County youth to participate in positive resilience building activities and webinars that will earn them points on the EMPOWER App that they can trade in for prizes (check out their EMPOWER Scott County App on Apple and Android); EMPOWER has a prevention messaging t-shirt contest going on and open to all Scott County youth grades 6 through 12 with the winner receiving a $200 Amazon Gift Card. 

Students who watch webinars suggested on the EMPOWER social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) can earn points on the EMPOWER Scott County App that can later be turned in for prizes. 

Scott County youth (grades 6-12) who would like to get involved with EMPOWER should text @YOUTH823 to 81010 or text DFC Youth Coordinator, Melinda Lowry, at 812-595-6213.

Drug Free Communities Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is a federal grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA. The DFC grant for Scott County was secured in October of 2016. The funding is to provide support, guidance and facilitation of the Strategic Prevention Framework model within the CEASe coalition.   

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (1)

DFC Year 1 Accomplishments

  • Evidence-based Prevention Curricula taught in all public schools impacting grades 3-12
  • New Alternative Youth Activities in heart of Austin’s highest substance misuse area – Weekly youth mentoring & activities with transportation provided
  • 50 Medical, Dental & Law Enforcement professionals trained in INSPECT—Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) from 2015 to 2018
  • 898,633 community-wide prevention education campaign reaches (radio, print, email, and social media)
  • New Student Drug Screening Policy implemented in both County high schools

Early Outcomes

  • Scott County 9th Graders self-reported use within the last 30 days dropped
  • Data from the Indiana Youth Survey administered annually to 6th through 12th graders by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Early Indicators