Prevent Don't Provide
The Taylor Alliance for Prevention, or TAP, is a volunteer-led coalition whose aim is to implement environmental strategies and policy changes to reduce the rates of substance use in the communities within Taylor County.
The TAP coalition has been in existence for more
than twelve years now. Its beginnings were from the
concerns of a handful of individuals from
Abilene, Texas. The concern of these community
members was the lack of resources for
teens in recovery. Because of this, the central
premise of the coalition has always been to secure
and search for prevention and treatment services for teens and other community members.
After gaining ground, the coalition applied for grant funding from the Health & Human Services Commission(HHSC). HHSC awarded the Community Coalition Partnership (CCP) grant to TAP starting in September 2008. In 2013 and 2019, the coalition was awarded continued funding from HHSC with the current funding cycle set to end in 2024. The coalition maintains its funding by fulfilling contractual requirements to HHSC.
The environmental strategies and policy changes that are implemented by the coalition are stemmed from evidence-based research and strategies. TAP’s initiatives are manifested from the issues identified from our Community Needs Assessment.
Ashley Simpson, MA, CPS