The Jefferson Parish Alliance of Concerned Citizens was created in September 2003 by a group of representatives of organizations concerned with alcohol and drug use convened by Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick, Jr.
Our coalition consists of parents, youth, schools, law enforcement, civic organizations, faith organizations, health professionals, social services, and elected officials. Each person and organization in this community provides a unique perspective on the various issues we are working to address.
JPACC is a community coalition whose primary mission is to increase public awareness and safety and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish by developing and implementing strategies aimed at reducing the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, thus decreasing the negative impact of their use on our community.
How Does JPACC Operate?
JPACC is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy' s Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC). DFC is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, the DFC Program has funded nearly 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions. JPACC utilizes multiple strategies over multiple sectors:
- Increasing knowledge and raising awareness about issues, trends, the coalition approach and prevention strategies.
- Developing and improving skills and competencies of a given group to understand, resist and deal with issues both personally and in the community.
- Supporting efforts of organizations or institutions to initiate or continue policies relevant to prevention.
- Increasing access to prevention services and providing for early identification of problem behavior and referral.
- Increasing the coalition's viability and that of community groups to provide activities in the future.
- Addressing those issues in the environment that restructure people's choices, change the way the community does business, and changes the way people perceive the community.