Sydney Rowe and Anne Quast, with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (or PMO), gave a presentation to the Johnson County Commissioners updating them on what the organization has been up to and what they will be working in the near future.
The organization, focusing on prevention efforts for drug and alcohol abuse, chronic disease and suicide prevention, has been serving the entire state out of a centralized administrative office located in Buffalo for almost two years.
They wanted to thank the commissioners for their support at the state level during the budget session and also wanted to submit into the public record the efforts and accomplishments of the organization.
Sydney Rowe explained further.
Prevention Management Organization is also involved in providing Training for Intervention Procedures (or TIPS) training, which is
responsible alcoholic beverage training for servers; training for businesses to go smoke-free; smoking cessation campaigns; and looking into providing safe rides home during events in Johnson County this summer.
A main focus of theirs has been on “gatekeeper” training for over 400 individuals for suicide prevention in Buffalo and Kaycee, to help them recognize a potential problem and intervention tactics to get an individual help when needed. Eleven thousand people have been trained around the state so far, according to Rowe.
They have also recently started a suicide survivors support group.
PMO offers a counseling fund to defer costs for those needing mental health care.
And they also provide a scholarship for one student from Buffalo or Kaycee going into a mental health education field.
Finally, they touched on the PMO's Wellness Group, which consists of individuals in the community representing 20 to 30 different agencies sharing information and trying to increase collaboration and integration in the community for social services.