One of Manage Care Center’s greatest concerns is with the risk factors faced by Region 1’s youth. But it doesn’t stop there.
Managed Care Center has one department that truly keeps it on track – the Prevention Resource Center or PRC.
The PRC works with the State of Texas, counties, the judicial systems, health organizations, school districts, and other public entitles to collect data to answer critical questions like:
- How prevalent is tobacco use among youth – children and teens?
- What percentage of our youth are involved with alcohol?
- How many are experimenting with drugs?
- What drugs are most rampant and how rampant?
Thanks to this information, Managed Care provides the best and most appropriate services to the people it serves.
The information is then compiled and organized into an annual report called the Regional Needs Assessment. Visit our Prevention Resource Center’s website to view and download current and past Regional Needs Assessments along with other reports and informational documents.
With this information, stakeholders can make informed decisions.
The following presents the current statistical averages for substance use in youths 13 to 19 years old in Region 1:
- Alcohol – 61%
- Marijuana – 21.5%
- Unprescribed Prescription Drugs – 12%
- Opiods – 5.6%
- Synthetic Cannabinoid – 5%
- Methamphetamines – 1.5% (twice the national average)
It should be noted that there are “hot spots” throughout Region 1. For example, in one county, the use of methamphetamines is at an alarming 3.4% – over twice the regional average, and four times the national average.
The five most northern counties in Region 1 which are also the five most northern counties in the State of Texas are within short distance of a state in which marijuana is legal. One of the things Prevention Resources has discovered is that the presence of edible marijuana products seems to be on the rise in those counties.
There are still serious challenges. Many communities and counties are in denial. They insist they do not have any problems and refuse to collect the needed information.