Southern Providence Region (Region 1)
Focus: Youth Marijuana Use, Tobacco and Opioids
Cranston is part of Region 1 Southern Providence Task Force which consist of Cranston, Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield and Johnston
Task Forces will use their funding to assess community substance use prevention needs, resources, and behavioral health promotion. Each will develop a capacity-building plan to address gaps in resources or community readiness, as well as a local strategic plan. The Task Forces will implement evidence-based and best practice interventions based on the needs of the community, while continually evaluating the impact of their efforts.
Previously, 34 organizations served as Prevention Task Forces for their cities and towns. This revitalized system, comprised of seven Regional Prevention Task Forces, will be responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of substance use prevention and behavioral health promotion activities within the municipalities that comprise the region. Each Task Force includes city and town representation, which will ensure individual communities continue to play an active role in planning and service provision, as well as promoting behavioral health services. The regional Task Forces will provide administrative oversight, funding and other needed resources to support the smaller municipal coalition contributions as part of the larger regional prevention plan. The Task Forces will also act as fiduciary and administrative agents.