Life's Choices Kauaʻi oversees and supports the efforts of four Advisory Committees that provide assistance in finding solutions in dealing with the island-wide drug problem and its negative consequences. They are comprised of representatives from government, social service agencies, judiciary, education, community, and businesses.
Drug Action Team
The Drug Action Team (DAT) monitors and oversees the implementation of the goals, action steps, and timelines contained in the Kauaʻi Community Drug Response Plan 2015-2020. The DAT is comprised of the Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons from each of the four committees: Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment & Community Integration. The Life's Choices Kauaʻi Coordinator serves as its Chair and facilitator.
The Prevention Committee serves as a central body to reduce and prevent drug abuse on Kauaʻi through awareness, education and action. The group meets monthly to discuss how to implement planned activities, monitor and coordinate all funding opportunities, prevention programs and address island-wide issues to build stronger families and foster a healthier community.
In 2010, the Committee successfully responded to a $1.2 million Strategic Prevention Framework Grant Proposal to fund and provide evidence based prevention programs for Kauaʻi.
The Enforcement Committee meets to discuss a full range of drug-related matters and is responsible for implementing the Kauaʻi Community Drug Response Plan to provide a coordinated focus for development of strategies that can minimize the harmful effects of drugs use on Kauaʻi. The committee's work also focuses on the complex drug and alcohol issues, existing policies, and works cohesively to implement policy changes and testimony to State lawmakers.
As part of its efforts, the Committee submitted testimony in opposition to the several bills relating to the decriminalization of marijuana during the 2011 Legislative Session. In addition, the Committee assisted the formulation a statewide informational brochure regarding the risks of marijuana use.
Treatment & Community Integration Committee
The Treatment & Integration Committee works to develop local access to affordable, effective drug treatment, expand treatment and aftercare services, and support. The Committee’s work continues on identifying gaps in services and priorities in the continuum of care, and developing the core functions of the agency that will afford it the ability to influence and enhance access, capacity and effective service delivery in the State.