In 2016 Shelby County leaders and City leaders all came together to address the realization that we must take a proactive approach to the increasing trend of substance abuse and addiction among our students and young adults, as well as equip our families to respond to their loved one facing these challenges. Compact is a unique approach that is the first of its kind. This project is directed by the Shelby County District Attorney, the County Manager and the Shelby County Sheriff. The Compact team is accountable to a Governance Board consisting of leadership from all four school systems, our participating municipalities, and specialized partners such as Central Alabama Wellness.
What Does Compact Do?
Compact utilizes career law enforcement officers, who are specialized investigators, in an attempt to gather information from school resource officers, coaches, teachers, parents, community leaders, etc. in hopes of identifying students and young adults who are at risk of substance abuse and addiction or already involved.
Our investigators then compile actionable intelligence, NOT FOR AN ARREST, but to schedule a meeting with parents. Our investigators share the information with parents and then connect the parents with proven resources to help address this challenge.
Some of those resources may include:
- Other families who have been through this challenge and willing to work with them and answer questions
- Faith leaders from the community who have volunteered to help
- Family counseling services
- Specialized mental health and substance abuse services such as Central Alabama Wellness
Most importantly, our investigators tell the student’s parents.
However, Compact’s greatest impact is made from individual partnering cities as Community Prevention Teams. Compact follows a proven model of successful community engagement created by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Each partnering community has assembled a working team representing twelve sectors of the community:
- Business leaders
- School leaders
- Youth Serving Organizations
- Law Enforcement
- Civic Organizations
- Faith Leaders
- Healthcare Professionals
- Government Leaders
- Substance Abuse Organizations