Learn More about Youth Mental Health Challenges and Substance Abuse in Arkansas Schools

Did you know?

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Long-term abuse of drugs makes users more sensitive to everyday stress than non-users. (NIDA)
  • Children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions—including conduct disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities—are at higher risk of abusing drugs than other youth. There is evidence that drug abuse early in life may increase the risk of psychiatric disorders or accelerate their course. (NIDA)

Upcoming Events:

  • ATOD Coalition Like A Boss 5K Run and Kids Fun Run, Stewart Park, Walnut Ridge, May 4, 9:00
  • Cornerstone Coalition, Pocahontas, May 7, 4:00 at Randolph County Extension Office
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Thursday, May 10
  • Region 4 Prevention Empowerment Conference, May 13
  • Out of the Dark Coalition, May 14, 11:30 Community of Christ Church, Jonesboro
  • Cross County Coalition, May 14, 12:00
  • Poinsett County Partners in Health Coalition, May 14, 2:00, Health Department, Harrisburg
  • Crittenden County Hometown Health Coalition, May 15, 11:00, Health Department, West Memphis
  • Arkansas Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coordinating Council meeting, May 16, 1:00, State Police Headquarters, Little Rock
  • ATOD Coalition, May 17, 12:00, Moni’s Grill, Walnut Ridge
  • Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day: Wednesday, May 18
  • National Prevention Week: May 13-19
  • Craighead County Opioid Task Force, May 28, 9:00 am Community of Christ Church, Jonesboro
  • Arkansas Prevention Summit, May 30-31, Rogers, AR

Regional Prevention Program Locations:

Prevention Region 4

2401 Fox Meadow Lane
Jonesboro, AR 72404
Phone: (870) 933.0033
Fax: (870) 933.0048

Prevention Region 7

593 HWY 243
Marianna, AR 72360
Fax: (870) 298.2249



Dr. Lisa Perry
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Cell: (870) 273.2921


Kendon Gray
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Cell: (870) 819.7756

Who we are:

CRDC: Prevention operates in two of Arkansas’s thirteen Prevention Regions. These regions include 13 counties in northeast and eastern Arkansas.

Region 4 Counties include: Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, & Randolph.

Region 7 Counties include: Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, & St. Francis.

What We Do:

  • Raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Provide substance abuse prevention support and programs in our regions
  • Provide speakers for schools, churches, civic organizations, and others wanting to learn more about prevention
  • Provide materials to individuals, schools, churches, law enforcement, or any group who needs them
  • Recruit and participate in the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment (APNA) surveys
  • SYNAR Tobacco Compliance checks and coverage studies
  • Provide assistance to community coalitions, drug free clubs, and others