The North Carolina Coalition Initiative: Building Capacity for Substance Free Communities (NCCI) is a program funded by the state through the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS). Direction and technical assistance are provided by the NCCI Coordinating Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine. NCCI seeks to reduce substance abuse in North Carolina communities by building the capacity of community coalitions to implement environmental strategies.
NCCI Goals for Community Coalitions
- Build coalition capacity to effectively implement evidence-based and promising strategies, with an emphasis on environmental strategies.
- Implement evidence-based and promising strategies to reduce substance abuse.
- Build an infrastructure to sustain local coalition efforts.
- Reduce prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse in local communities.
The NCCI Coordinating Center
Wake Forest School of Medicine was selected to serve as the Coordinating Center for this new initiative. The Center will oversee the application selection process, provide in-depth training and technical assistance to grantees, ensure proper fiscal management, and evaluate the initiative.