Melea Ramin began her employment as the WC KY-ASAP Drug Free Communities Coordinator on Monday, October 3, 2022. Melea comes to the position with 21 years of community work in the field of child protection and 5 years serving on the KY-ASAP Coalition.
Recently, Webster County KY-ASAP Coalition provided Narcan Nasal Spray to all Webster County Schools and the WC Athletic Department. Though we hope they never have a need for Narcan, they are prepared in the event a student or visitor collapses from an overdose.
Due to the high number of Opioid and other drug-related arrests made by the Providence Police Department, Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition recently received state authorization to fund a K-9 unit for the department. Sgt. Carl Scheer will be the K-9 handler.
The partnership between Webster County ASAP and the Police Department will allow Sgt. Scheer and the K-9, Kora, to provide services throughout the county and in all Webster County schools. Pictured with Kora is Sgt. Carl Scheer, Chief Todd Jones, Melea Ramin, and Donna Bumpus. #TrueBlueDFC#1WC
In August, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced new Drug Free Community Funding. The Webster KY-ASAP True Blue DFC was honored to be named as a recipient of funding through September, 2027.
Today, we get to announce the new staff for the continuum. Amy Hill has replaced Carolyn Sholar as the district contact for ASAP and DFC. Amy began her 27 year career in education as a teacher at Webster County High School and has served as the Instructional Coach for the past 6 years. She has two sons who have been extremely involved in the Youth Council and the True Blue Youth Crews. We are blessed to have her expertise and her passion as part of our crew.
Our new DFC Coordinator will be our very own Melea Ramin. Melea has worked diligently as the Coalition chairperson for 5 years and has attended several prevention trainings. She has been dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children and families of Webster County for 20+ years. She is absolutely the best person to move the True Blue movement forward! We look forward to another five years of work with Drug Free Communities.
Be Vape Free: Just the Facts Virtual Field Trip: A real-world virtual learning opportunity to get the facts on the vaping epidemic. (Running time: 19 minutes, 50 seconds)
The River Valley Regional Prevention Center recently launched the No More Boxes Campaign to highlight positive youth messages and to promote mental health and substance abuse prevention. Youth from the seven counties served by River Valley participated in the production. Our very own, Raygan Ranes, is the Webster County participant.
|RiverValley Behavioral Health launches #NoMoreBoxes CampaignThe organization released a video addressing the misconception that all teens are involved in drug abuse.www.14news.com|
Recently, Law Enforcement sector members of the Webster County KY-ASAP Coalition have been busy in the community educating youth. Sebree Police Chief William “Billy” Braden gathered community members in May 2022 to develop a Youth Outreach Program to serve Sebree youth, ages 10-15. Gabriel Gonzalez, WC College True Blue Crew Member, was employed by the city as the part-time summer Coordinator to oversee the implementation of the program. Youth participate in community service and recreational activities.
During June, Chief Braden spoke with students attending summer camp at Sebree Elementary school.
The True Blue Crew talk about their commitment to bring awareness to the devastation of substance use.
Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition developed the Celebrate FREE campaign in 2019 to encourage youth and their families to enjoy their accomplishments substance-free. Prom, Senior Night, and Graduation are milestone events that should be celebrated safely.
Parents, monitor gatherings to assure your youth are free of unhealthy and illegal substances. The Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities Coalition would like to remind adults that alcohol possession and/or consumption is illegal for anyone under the age of 21.