Three coalitions or workgroups operate under the umbrella of the Forum, developing community-wide strategies that reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors, and promote positive youth development. The workgroups target specific populations and issues.
Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention (MUSAP) – Is a collaborative workgroup consisting of key community partners who are focused on environmental prevention strategies to reduce underage substance abuse in Missoula County.
Healthy Start Missoula – The local Best Beginnings affiliate recognizes and believes that families are the foundation and gateway to the healthy development of children. Families of all backgrounds should have easy access to early childhood resources through a centralized system of comprehensive services and family education in the community.
The Healthy Start Missoula Council:
- supports professional educational opportunities through shared resources
- maximizes efforts by collaborating on local and state level
- addresses the barriers families face when attempting to access services
Healthy Start Missoula Council is part of a statewide Best Beginnings initiative under the authority of the State Best Beginnings Advisory Council.
Prescription (Rx) Drug Task Force – The Rx Drug Task Force works collectively to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription medications in Missoula County. The group utilizes a multi-pronged approach to raise community awareness about the proper use, storage, and disposal of prescription medications.