Gwen Brown of Genesis, a SAPNET partner, said
“The web of six spiders can tie up a lion."
The effects of substance abuse on our communities are like a rogue lion ravaging our children, families, and communities. No one organization will be able to arrest and prevent further destruction. However, by banning together in the SAPNET collaborative, we can learn the strengths and weaknesses of our organizations and the people we serve. With this knowledge we can then help thousands of young people grow toward healthy adulthood. We can mitigate the economic drain of substance abuse and thereby lay the groundwork for sustained economic viability in South Fulton.
Partners working together can and will provide a brighter future for families. As partners, we can share our lessons learned with others working to better South Fulton. The scarce resources available to fight this battle that must be won can be more efficiently used. At each SAPNET monthly meeting, a training occurs that is designed to enhance the abilities of the partners to address the problems of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), organizational development, and funding. Members share what they are doing and their needs to make their programs a success.
Read the Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), visit a meeting, talk with one of the partners, and then come join us as we work together to make South Fulton a truly ATOD free zone.
» View full list of partners
» Substance Abuse and Mental Health
» Office of National Drug Control Policy
» Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of
» Fulton County Juvenile and
Adolscent Substance Abuse Program
» The Council on Alcohol and Drugs
Sample SAPNET MOU
Between the South Fulton Substance Abuse Prevention Network (SAPNET) and <Partner Organization> to collaborate in the establishment of (SAPNET). The mission of the network is to promote better health and wellness through the reduction and prevention of substance abuse among youth and families in South Fulton. As an affinity group of the South Fulton Human Services Coalition we will work together, organize and develop plans and programs to link substance abuse prevention to healthier lifestyle promotion and activities.
This memorandum outlines our partnership agreement to work cooperatively to provide:
- community assessment and capacity-building workships to mobilize faith-based and community-based organizations focused on youth development and attending problems;
- substance abuse prevention and awareness training to community members (including youth, parents and other stakeholders);
- the development of culturally and literacy appropriate information to reach all audiences and
- advocate for system-level solutions (integration, coordination, policy and practice changes) to impact access to alcohol and tobacco.
A. Partnership Benefits:
- Learn about expanded beneficial networking opportunities through cutting edge technology
- Your constituents, parents, children and youth can access free training through Network members
- Offer your staff free professional development training through Network members
- Obtain technical assistance and volunteer support for special projects through Network members
- When appropriate SAPNET will facilitate acquisition of letters of support
- Exhibit your work and share your story with a broader community at annual Service Provider Fair
- Link into an active community Network to disseminate your information
- Be part of a broad-based committed multi-sector/multi-strategic network that is developing a comprehensive plan to address youth alcohol, tobacco and other drugs substance abuse.
B. As a partnering agency, I will participate in strategic planning, collaborative meetings and special events. I can also provide services, resources, data and other supports in the following areas:
- Adult/Youth Literacy
- Center-Based Parent Education
- Family Fun Activities
- Health & Wellness
- Family Team Meetings
- Evaluation Committee Awareness Committee
- Provide Meeting Space
- Leadership/Development Training
- Center-Based Support Group
- Life Skills
- Workforce Employment
- Child/Family Assessment
- Crisis Intervention Management
- Partnership Dev./Community
- Other ____________