State Prevention Services Considering Consolidation

State Prevention Services Considering Consolidation

State-funded preventative programs may be restructured due to budget cuts.

Operating off of separate grants, alliances for tobacco, substance abuse, suicide prevention and some social services have a presence in each Wyoming county to provide public education, counseling and activism. Sheridan and Johnson county preventative workers have started discussions about building a closer alliance to better serve their communities. Executive Director of the Community Resource Center of Johnson County, Toni Cervenka, said this restructuring will ultimately benefit the community.

Cervenka said prevention positions are being reevaluated on several criteria, which include current over or under staffing, productivity and effectiveness. She also said she's hoping to eliminate duplicated efforts within each county.

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