Tennessee Highway Safety Office
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is Tennessee's advocate for highway safety. This office works with law enforcement, judicial personnel and community advocates to coordinate activities and initiatives relating to the human behavioral aspects of highway safety. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office funds SADDTN and collaborates in efforts to increase safety amongst teens throughout the state. Make sure you visit their website for a number of resources!
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say "No" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
SADD tailors prevention efforts to foster youth resiliency by:
- Targeting all forms of drug use;
- Promoting skills to resist drug offers;
- Building social competency skills;
- Promoting normative education designed to correct students’ misperceptions about their peers’ drug use;
- Including a strong parent component;
- Reaching out to all diverse populations, including children with behavior problems or learning disabilities;
- Providing interactive methods, such as peer discussion groups;
- Launching youth media campaigns; and
- Promoting youth health and safety policy changes.
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SADD TN encourages use of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).The SPF provides a framework for thinking in order to assist your SADD Chapter in making data-driven decisions in order to implement evidence-based prevention practices. The types of activities SADD TN encourages its member chapters to engage in are also provided below.
The elements of the SPF include:
- Assessment: Collect data to define problems, resources, and readiness within a geographic area to address needs and gaps.
- Capacity: Mobilize and/or build capacity within a geographic area to address needs.
- Planning: Develop a comprehensive strategic plan that includes policies, programs, and practices creating a logical, data-driven plan to address problems identified in Step 1.
- Implementation: Implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices.
- Evaluation: Measure the impact of the SPF and the implemented programs, policies, and practices.
Additionally, Sustainability and Cultural Competence have been added to the core of the framework as both are necessary in developing an effective coalition.
Defining the Seven Strategies for Community Change:
- Providing Information – Educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements, brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums, web-based communication).
- Enhancing Skills – Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development).
- Providing Support – Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals, support groups or clubs).
- Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers- Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
- Changing Consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) – Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges).
- Physical Design – Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
- Modifying/Changing Policies – Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations).
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