Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) Program
Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Program
For some time now, members of the Morris community have been working cooperatively with the Center for Small Towns office located at the University of Minnesota Morris in order to develop strategies for improving life in rural Minnesota. It was through this collaboration that the Housing and Urban Development COPC Grant came to fruition. When developing guidelines for the grant, community organization and revitalization was identified as one of the priority action areas. Under this heading, the sub category of safety and security was listed. As the committee began to highlighted outreach activities in this sub category, an overriding theme came forth. That theme was the development of methamphetamine prevention and awareness program. With this goal in mind, the Morris Police Department has been working with the Center and the Stevens County Methamphetamine Task Force to develop an advanced multimedia project regarding the effect of methamphetamine in our community. The presentation is designed to be a television ready program. In addition, video DVDs will be made available for schools and other community groups. The hope is that we will be able to reach a larger community audience than we have previously.
To learn more about the COPC Partnership Program, visit their website at:
The project will be based on a number of participant interviews. These interviews are designed to capture the perspective of the interviewee concerning the effect of methamphetamine at the federal, state and local level.
Participants in the project will include:
- Law Enforcement
- Human services
- Recovering Users
- School Personnel
- County Attorney