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Task Force on Heroin Prevention

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In February 2012, the City of Simi Valley, Simi Valley Unified School District, and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District called for the three agencies to develop a focused, aggressive community action plan to help prevent the use of heroin in Simi Valley.  The Task Force on Heroin Prevention was created to develop this coordinated, comprehensive community plan and develop recommendations for immediate implementation.  With very strong and active community support, including hundreds who attended the February 13 City Council meeting, everyone is committed to doing all we can to achieve the goal of "Not One More."

Listed below are resources for parents and people who want to get informed, get involved, get help, and get local information about heroin prevention.

Get Informed

Get Involved

  • DrugFree.org - Prevent.  Intervene.  Get Treatment.  Recover
  • Stop Medicine Abuse - Parents: Learn about teen medicine abuse
  • TheAntiDrug.com - Parents: The Anti-Drug.
  • Time to Talk - The conversation starts here.
  • United Parents - Provides support, education, and resources for families of youth struggling with drugs, mental health, emotional, or behavioral disorders and a 24-hour crisis hotline, 1-866-431-2478.

Community Anti-Drug Presentation 2/13/12

Photo by Karen Quincy Loberg, Ventura County Star


Get Help

  • Overcoming Drug Addiction - Drug abuse treatment, recovery and help
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services - Substance abuse treatment facility locator
  • Palmer Drug Abuse Program - Free drop-in addiction counseling group for teens, meets every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Courthouse
  • County of Ventura Drug and Alcohol Programs - In-patient and out-patient drug rehabilitation treatment and counseling services
  • Free Clinic of Simi Valley - Free counseling services for various issues
  • Narcotics Anonymous - Free addiction support group, multiple locations
  • Alateen -  Free support group for teens with family or friends struggling with drug and alcohol addiction
  • Teen Challenge - Free residential drug rehabilitation program for age 18 and above (Ventura, CA but SV residents eligible)
  • Genesis - Outpatient drug rehabilitation program (Thousand Oaks, CA but SV residents eligible)
  • Phoenix House - Residential and outpatient treatment for teens from 13 to 18 years old with substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Addiction Center - A free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery resources

Get Local

Task Force on Heroin Prevention

Task Force

Over the course of its six meetings held in 2012, the Task Force on Heroin Prevention developed a coordinated, comprehensive community plan inclusive of strategies to prevent the abuse of heroin in Simi Valley. Strategies to combat the use of heroin were developed by the Task Force for implementation.  These recommended strategies were reviewed by Task Force representatives from the City of Simi Valley, the Simi Valley Unified School District, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and presented in a staff report to the Task Force.

 

 

As a result of this review, a final report was developed that summarized the activities of the Task Force.  This final report, Simi Valley Task Force on Heroin Prevention Summary Report, documents the Task Force's strategies to be employed and the agency responsible for implementation of the strategy.

While the community plan is in place and the strategies are being implemented, the work of the Task Force has not been completed. The prevention of heroin abuse is the responsibility of the entire community, and public involvement remains crucial to the continued success of the Task Force. To get involved or get more information, please contact HeroinPrevention@simivalley.org.

The Task Force on Heroin Prevention is comprised of two representatives each from the Simi Valley City Council, the Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, and Not One More, and one representative from the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Task Force members are interested in the public's  thoughts and ideas, and in addition to attending Task Force meetings, the public is encouraged to send an email to any of the members listed below:

Member
Organization E-mail Address
Mike Judge
Mayor Pro Tem
Task Force Chair
City of Simi Valley mjudge@simivalley.org
Rob Collins
President,
Task Force Vice-Chair
Simi Valley
Board of Education

robdisimi@aol.com

Bob Huber
Mayor
City of Simi Valley bhuber@simivalley.org
Scott Blough
Trustee
Simi Valley
Board of Education
scott.blough@simivalleyusd.org
Kate O'Brien
Director
Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District
katieoliberty@gmail.com
Elaine Freeman
Chair
Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District
freemanelf@aol.com
Gene Hostetler
Director
Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District
akamrbuff@aol.com
Jim Vigdor
Vice Chair, Legislative Action
Simi Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Vacant Not One More
Pat Montoya Not One More pmontoya@notonemore.net
Pastor Dr. Paul Weir Faith Community
(Simi Valley Community Church)
paul@4svcc.org
Pastor Rick Kyle Faith Community
(Simi Valley Community Church)

rick.gfcw@gmail.com

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