BY WEBER CTC
Members of Weber CTC went to the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. to advocate for our community prevention efforts. We had a great time speaking with Representative Blake Moore, and Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney. We had members from all throughout the Tri-City area and from Ogden Valley join us for this trip and we were able to provide our collective perspectives on what challenges we are facing in our communities.
We focused our conversations on the importance of funding community-level efforts. When we can get funding to the local level (to a coalition like Weber CTC, a city/town, or a community-based organization), that can be used for preventive efforts, that’s when the magic of prevention truly takes place. We also took some time to thank our legislators for supporting the 988 number (the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) and for supporting the Drug-Free Communities program. As a recipient of the Drug-Free Communities award, Weber CTC can have better prevention in our community. We also participated in wonderful and informative discussions on the circumstances youth are facing today as it relates to substance use and mental health, and what we are trying to do about it as prevention coalitions in Utah.
We are very grateful for the amazing people we have represented in our community on both the state and the national level; they didn’t have to, but they all made time for prevention during this legislative session.