P.O. Box 304
Challis, ID 83226
ABOUT US: The Custer County Coalition was formed in August of 2015 thanks to a Strategic Prevention Framework grant awarded by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. The grant award was $94,000 a year for three years. During the three-year granting period, the Custer County Coalition provided subtance abuse prevention training for key stakeholders in the community; paid for drug testing at Challis Jr/Sr High School; supported student programs and events; conducted various assemblies on subtance abuse prevention; hosted a Halloween Haunted House and a Halloween School Event, and much more. The grant period ended June 30, 2018.
Since then, the Custer County Coalition has changed. Substance abuse prevention grant funds have been moved to Regional Behavioral Health Centers, rather than the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. Coalition efforts continue in Custer County but under the 'umbrella' of the Challis Area Health Center. In the Fall of 2019, the Challis Area Health Center Board, as well as the Custer County Coalition Steering Committee, unanimously approved of permanently moving the Coalition under the Clinic's umbrella and forming THE CHALLIS AREA HEALTH CENTER WELLNESS COALITION. Partnerships with Challis School District #181, Challis Senior Citizens, Challis Chamber, local law enforcement and the community continue would still exist and would become stronger due to the combined resources of all involved.
Currently, the Coalition is using a block grant to work with Challis Junior High School Students during a weekly Lunch and Learn Program. The curriculum for that program is Botvin LifeSkills, an evidence-based program that helps young people make healthier and wiser decisions.
The Coalition also participates in monthly outreach programs with the Challis Area Health Center.