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The Prevention Resource Center in region 11 has finalized its 2015 Regional Needs Assessment and it is now available for download here.

The 2015 Regional Needs Assessment provides a comprehensive overview of data indicators relevant to behavioral health and drug consumption patterns that impact the communities in region 11. Substance use risk and protective factors are included in this report so that stakeholders, parents, adolescents, and key decision-makers can become informed and aware of some of the major issues that affect our region.

This report incorporates data and information from many quantitative secondary sources such as governmental, law enforcement, educational and mental health organizations. Data was primarily obtained through agency reports and databases, as well as national, state, and local surveys with relevant information related to substance use trends, demographic information, vital statistics, criminal activity, health disparities, educational attainment, and co-morbid mental health disorders. Also, PRC 11 conducted qualitative primary research in the form of focus groups with key community members, youth populations, and professionals in some of the major counties of the region to find out more about drug use trends among adolescents as well as perceived risk and protective factors related to drug consumption.

This needs assessment was developed to provide relevant substance abuse prevention data related to adolescents throughout the state. Specifically, this regional assessment serves the following purposes:

  1. To discover patterns of substance use among adolescents and monitor changes in substance use trends over time;

  2. To identify gaps in data where critical substance abuse information is missing;

  3. To determine regional differences and disparities throughout the state;

  4. To identify substance use issues that are unique to specific communities and regions in the state;

  5. To provide a comprehensive resource tool for local providers to design relevant, data-driven prevention and intervention programs targeted to needs;

  6. To provide data to local providers to support their grant-writing activities and provide justification for funding request

  7. To assist policy-makers in program planning and policy decisions regarding substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment in the state of Texas.

Should any questions arise related to the data findings included in this report, please contact the Prevention Resource Center 11 staff members. Contact information can be found here.