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The Grady County Substance Abuse, Awareness and Prevention Council formed in 2011 by the 2007 Communities of Opportunity (Co-Op) Initiative with Department of Community Affairs; and the collaboration with (3) three key community leader organizations: Grady Family Connection; City of Cairo; and Grady County Commissioners.
One of the goals of this initiative is that Grady County desires to improve all its citizens’ quality of life by reducing Substance Abuse use and provide more positive youth development programs in the county.
To help address these issues the “Grady County Substance Abuse, Awareness and Prevention Council” was formed and began working together in January 2011. The team is made up of interested individuals that represent our community.
The GSAAP Council focuses on the educational part of the purpose. Our strategy is to provide educational training and information to the community. The Grady County Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Team were formed to help accomplish the goals of the Grady County Children and Youth Coordinating Council.
1. 2011, formed a board of key leaders in the community;
2. Launched the Grady Substance Abuse Awareness Prevention (GSAAP.org) website. Providing local resources of area organizations and programs for Substance Abuse drugs, and alcohol. Links of information of drug and alcohol use with current trends and statistics or just where to seek HELP.
3. Annual Awareness during Drug Awareness Month (October).
4. Provide speakers for all willing Grady County Schools.
5. Collaborate with High School SADD club with seat beat checks and provide information to students for both substance abuse and alcohol.
6. Collaborate with businesses on the Sticker check project.
7. Support other youth & family programs to the community.
The community will measure its success at the end of two years, by:
1. Reduction Substance Abuse related incarcerations by 10 %. Goal was accomplished and continues to monitor.
Location Data Type 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Grady Rate Per 1,000 52.8 47.0 47.5 33.7 36.4
Year(s): 5 selected | Data Type: Rate per 1,000
Data Provided by: Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Numerator: Number of property crimes (part II crimes) committed by persons 17 years of age or older. Denominator: Population ages 17 and older. Rates Calculation: 1,000 times the numerator divided by the denominator.
Data Source: Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, Georgia Crime Information Center, Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Footnotes: UCR data is compiled directly from summary offense and arrest reports submitted from Georgia’s law enforcement agencies. Data presented does not include estimates for incidents or arrests that might have occurred but are not reported. Part 1 crimes include Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter, Manslaughter by Negligence, Forcible Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary-Breaking or Entering, Larceny-Theft (Except Motor Vehicle Theft), Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson. Part II crimes include everything else except Traffic Offenses.
2. Reduce the number of substantiated and unsubstantiated incidences child abuse and neglect incidences from 100 to 90 cases. Goal was accomplished and continue to measure.
Location Data Type 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Grady Number 64 43 52 20 125
    Rate Per 1,000 9.9 6.7 8.0 3.1
Numerator: Unduplicated count of children with a substantiated incident of child abuse and/or neglect. Denominator: Number of children less than age 18. Rate calculation: 1,000 times the numerator divided by the denominator.
Data Source: Child Protective Services Data System, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services.
Footnotes: If there is substantial credible evidence that abuse or neglect has occurred, a report is determined to be substantiated. LNE (low number event) indicates that there were 4 or fewer events on which rates would be based
Activities 2014-2015:
I. March 27, 2014 - Community Mock Crash – March 27, 2014 at CHS for 11th and 12 Graders. We had 257 Pledges to be alcohol free during Spring Break, Prom and Graduation.
II. October 19-25, 2014 – Red Ribbon Week:
1. Red Ribbons to Business, Churches, Organizations and ALL students and staff at Grady County Schools. (1800)
2. Distribution of local statistics and resources provided in church bulletins and information on weekly activities.
3. Distributed – 200 Posters and 300 Flyers of Events/GSAAP Website resources.
4. 1-8 Graders (3500) - “Choose To Be Drug Free” dog tags.
5. 9-12 Graders (1250) - “Choose To Be Drug Free” & Syrupmakers Lanyards.
6. 300 Red Ribbon Bows and Red Ribbons Decorations at the County Commissioners Courtyard and City Hall.
7. Charles Wells – Gave his testimony of living with an addicted mother with a message on anti-drug, alcohol, gangs and bulling prevention to 6-8th graders at Washington Middle School, Shiver, and Whigham School.
8. Community Red Ribbon Rally Held at Family Worship Center – 70 youth volunteered from: Cairo SADD Club, NJROTC, Relief From the Streets, Young Marines, Mitchell Youth Advisory Council, Cairo Youth Council, Cairo High School Jazz Band, and Off Broad Street Senior Dance, the FIRM. Provided dinner for 300 people and over 425 attend. Speakers Renee Napier and Eric Smallridge, Law Enforcement, and Local Drug and Alcohol prevention programs distributed information resources for our community area.
9. Prayer at the Court House on Wednesday at noon. – Three pastors spoke and prayed on different community areas: Government, Local Community Business, Schools, Faith base organizations and all youth and families.
10. Seat Belt Check at CHS – Distributed “Drug Free Lollipops” during the CHS students seatbelt check. Twice during the year.
11. To Good For Drugs – 6th grader training/partnership with Grady Schools to Whigham, Shiver and planning Washington Middle School.
12. Media ads – Pre and Post Events.
13. Future:

Jan – Oct. 2015

• Mock Crash @ CHS Jr. & Seniors /every other year in order to get new
• New Downtown Signs
• October 18-24 Red Ribbon Event
• Community Support Process Plan
We agree that education and collaboration in the community
is the strength of our purpose.
To help address these issues the "Grady County Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention" was formed and begun working together in January 2011. The team is made up of interested individuals that represent our community.
Grady County Substance Abuse, Awareness and Prevention Team members:
Mrs. Nola Daughtry, Chair, Mrs. Karen Cromartie, Vice Chair, Mrs. Carrie Kines, Secretary, Ms. Debbie Baird, Ms. Alyssa Blakely, Mrs. Linda Chambers, Mr. Mike Helton, Ms. Kelly Mobley, Mrs. Jordyn Kearns Murphy,
Ms. Elizabeth Watkins.