Help and Support

There are various forms of support within Region V Systems Prevention Coordination. From programs and coalitions led by community and county health departments to community groups and partnerships made up of concerned parents, students, teachers, business owners and faith communities, the goal of each participating group is to prevent the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, for all ages, within their support area.

Region V Systems Prevention Coordination representatives meet monthly to discuss and provide updates on prevention efforts. Click here to see a schedule of upcoming monthly meetings.

Use this interactive map to find the partner nearest you.*

  • Butler County
  • Fillmore County
  • Gage County
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lancaster County
  • Saunders County
  • Nemaha County
  • Otoe County
  • Pawnee County
  • Polk County
  • Richardson County
  • Saline County
  • Seward County
  • Thayer County
  • York County

Butler County

Butler Believes in Youth & Community

750 D Street
David City, NE 68632


Fillmore County

Fillmore County Coalition
Jolene Frook

Geneva, NE


Gage County

Gage County MAPS Coalition
Christina Lyons

Beatrice Public Schools
320 North 5th Street
Beatrice, NE 68310

402.223.1500 ext. 1059

Jefferson County

Jefferson County Prevention Coalition
Collena Laschankzy

Blue Valley Community Action
PO Box 352
Fairbury, NE  68352


Johnson County

Johnson County Community Coalition CAN
Joan Peters

358 N. 6th Street, PO Box 684
Tecumseh, NE 68450


Lancaster County

Teri Vosicky – Lancaster Prevention Coalition Chair
Carly Iwanski – Partners for Success Grant Coordinator
East Community Group (Lincoln East)
Sue Cassata
Elizabeth Miller
Casey Fries

The East Community Group (ECG) is a group of concerned parents, teachers, administrators, local business leaders and students who are invested in a healthy, positive environment for East community students—that doesn’t involve risky behaviors. This group meets in the Lincoln East Media Center on a monthly basis and is open to anyone who’d like to join. For information on their next meeting, contact Casey or Elizabeth.

Lincoln High/Near South Community Group (Lincoln High)
Lisa Tolliver – School Liaison

The Lincoln High/Near South Community Group continues to evolve to meet the needs of the diverse Lincoln High community. The community group has partnered with other community organizations to bring prevention information and parenting workshops to non-English-speaking families. The Lincoln High/Near South Community group meets in the Lincoln High Media Center monthly and all interested parties are welcome to attend. For information on their next meeting, contact Lisa.

N-ACTS (Northeast Area Council for Teen Safety) (Lincoln Northeast)
Susie Carlson – Co-Chair
Doug Kruce – Co-Chair

Lincoln Northeast’s N-ACTS group works to strengthen the Lincoln Northeast Community by supporting safe, healthy, alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles for young people. N-ACTS hosts Summertime Palooza, a huge block party that celebrates the strong relationship that Northeast has with the neighborhood. N-ACTS welcomes everyone to join its monthly meetings held the second Monday of the month in the Northeast Media Center at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Susie or Doug.

Southeast Prevention Coalition (Lincoln Southeast)
Brenda Moes – Chair
Melody Jones – Co-Chair

The Southeast Prevention Coalition has been invested in kids’ lives through prevention education and resources since 2006. This network of teachers, parents, youth, business leaders and administration has collaborated to enrich the Southeast environment by providing prevention and educational resources to students and families. The Southeast Prevention Coalition meets the fourth Monday of the month in the Southeast Media Center at 6:00 p.m. Please join us.

Southwest Lincoln Community Group (Lincoln Southwest)
Keri Applebee – School Liaison

The Southwest Lincoln Community Group comprises school administrators, personnel and parents from the elementary and middle schools that feed into Lincoln Southwest High School. This unique approach allows the same consistent prevention messages, resources and educational opportunities to be shared with parents of children who are in Southwest feeder schools and will be going to Southwest High School in the future. The Southwest Lincoln Community Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Shelly.

MAC (Malcolm Action Committee) (Malcolm)
Andrea Holka – Co-Chair

Malcolm Action Committee’s mission is to coordinate community efforts to affect positive change in the Malcolm community by creating and promoting programs and activities that result in respectful, responsible decisions. Malcolm Action Committee has overseen the Red Ribbon Week activities that are celebrated K-12 each year by the student body, as well as the Safe Homes Parent Networks. MAC meets monthly in the Malcolm High Media Center. For more information, contact Kelly.

Norris C.A.R.E.S. (Norris)

Contact Teri Vosicky, Lancaster Prevention Coordinator, for more information.

Raymond Central Positive Actions Committee (Raymond Central)
Laura Trautman – Chair

Raymond Central Positive Actions Committee (RC-PAC) provides students and parents with events and educational opportunities aimed at keeping Raymond Central families safe and drug-free in middle and high school, as well as both elementary school locations. Working closely with FBLA and Student Council, RC-PAC engages in a wide array of activities centered around positive social norms. For more information, contact Laura.

Community Partners

School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP)
Kelly Madcharo

SCIP is a program designed to bring together families, school and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. SCIP’s mission is to provide an effective prevention and early intervention process for youth with behavioral health concerns so they may achieve healthy, productive lives.  SCIP works with schools throughout Nebraska, providing tools and resources to address behavioral health issues that impact children, adolescents and their families.  SCIP partners with the Partners for Success grant with a monthly ‘Parents Corner’ spotlight in the newsletter and by sharing PFS resources in presentations with schools and the community. For more information, visit the SCIP website.

El Centro de las Américas

El Centro, originally known as the Hispanic Community Center (HCC), was founded in 1982 and became a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1983. In the last 30 years, they have provided services in the areas of education, family support, strengthening of youth, health, and general support for clients. El Centro has partnered with the Lancaster Prevention Coalition to provide the Creating Lasting Family Connections Program to families that are interested in learning more about substance abuse and how to connect with their teens. For more information about CLFC please click here. For more information about El Centro, call 402-474-3950 or visit the El Centro website.

Lincoln Community Learning Centers

The Lincoln CLC currently serves children, families, and neighborhoods through collaborative partnerships that provide support services and opportunities which lead to smart kids, thriving families and strong neighborhoods. The Lincoln CLC provides a delivery system that uses the local school as the hub of service. These schools provide safe, supervised before and after school programs, weekend and summer enrichment programs, and many other supportive services for citizens of all ages. For more information, call 402-436-1966 or visit the Lincoln CLC website.

Click here to review Lancaster County’s 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.

Nemaha County

Nemaha Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NADAA)
Jessica Baker

601 J Street
Auburn, NE 68305


Otoe County

Partners for Otoe County

917 Wildwood Lane
Nebraska City, NE 68410


Pawnee County

Region V Systems

Polk County

Polk County Prevention Coalition
Darla Winslow

PO Box 316
Osceola, NE 68651


Richardson County

Richardson County Prevention is Key Coalition

810 Central Avenue
Humboldt, NE 68376


Saline County

Saline County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition

215 S Court
Wilber, NE 68465


Saunders County

Mead Community Group

610 S. Vine Street
Mead, NE 68041


Seward County

Seward County Bridges

216 South 9th Street
Seward, NE 68434


Thayer County

Thayer County Prevention Coalition

PO Box 91
Hebron, NE 68370


York County

York County Drug Task Force

2101 North Lincoln Avenue
York, NE 68467


*If you are visiting this website from outside of our support area, please feel free to use and share any of the tools and resources found on site. Or if your child or another teen is in need of immediate assistance from an alcohol or drug treatment professional, please contact Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.

Questions & Answers

Have a question regarding something you saw — or maybe didn’t see — on this site? Take a moment to browse the FAQ section below and you may find just what you’re looking for.


How can I get involved in my local community or school group?


If you’re ready to take action against underage drinking and make a difference in your community, simply scroll up to find the contact information for the Community Group or Partner nearest you. Quick and easy!


My teen may have an issue with drinking. Where can I go for help?


To learn more about what you can do, go to our Resources page and check out our Heart-to-Heart toolkit and other proven prevention programs and resources. Or scroll up to connect with trusted community leaders who can provide even more help and answers.

If your teen is in need of immediate assistance from an alcohol or drug treatment professional, contact Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.


Is underage drinking really an issue in Nebraska?


According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), from 2007 to 2011, the prevalence of underage drinking among Nebraska youth rose 6% while the national rate fell 6%. Fortunately, recent findings suggest underage drinking among Nebraska youth is reflecting the national average. However, a problem still exists.

For example, according to a 2014 survey coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and NDHHS, 60% of Nebraska high school seniors reported drinking alcohol in their lifetime, and 30% admitted to drinking alcohol within the past 30 days. Furthermore, 69% of respondents state it’s easy for them to illegally obtain alcohol.

Even more troubling, when asked, 16% of Nebraska high school seniors admitted to riding in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking within the past 30 days – this, despite the fact that 96% of those high school seniors agreed that driving after drinking alcohol is wrong.


Where did the parenting style names and classifications come from?


In the mid-1960s, leading clinical and developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind released two studies regarding the effects that different parenting styles have on child rearing. The studies, which gained high acclaim, introduced the public to three parenting styles — authoritative, authoritarian and permissive.

Seventeen years later, in 1983, two psychologists, Eleanor Maccoby and John Martin, refined Baumrind’s parenting model and added a fourth parenting style — uninvolved. Since its release, Maccoby and Martin’s four-parenting-style theory has become the universally accepted classification of normal (non-abusive and non-neglectful) parents.


Where did the conclusion that authoritative parenting helps to reduce underage drinking come from?


In 2010, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs published a study by Stephen Bahr and John Hoffmann, two Brigham Young University professors. The study found that adolescents with authoritative parents were less likely to drink heavily than adolescents whose parents utilized the other three parenting styles. The study also found that adolescents raised by authoritative parents were more likely to have non-drinking friends.

Then, in 2012, a study was released showing that adolescents who have friends with authoritative mothers are 40% less likely to drink to the point of drunkenness and 38% less likely to binge-drink than an adolescent whose friend’s mother was uninvolved, controlling for the parenting style of the adolescent’s own mother, school-level fixed effects and demographics.


Where can I go to learn more about parenting styles?


First, be sure to visit the Resources page where you can find the Heart-to-Heart toolkit, as well as a collection of other proven prevention programs and resources. Or take a moment to browse our References page to see all of the research and studies we used throughout the campaign.

Still have a question? Connect with us here and we’ll help you find the answers you’re looking for!