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Our Futures - About Us
Funded by Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS), Our Futures in Licking County is a county-wide plan to create a healthier Licking County by
Lewis R. Mollica, Ph.D., Director
Mental Health and Recovery for Licking & Knox Counties
1435-B West Main Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 522-1232
improving the educational, social, safety and economic environments.  Our Futures in Licking County is working to improve the development of healthy and productive youth while reducing risk factors associated with substance abuse, crime, violence and school dropout rates.

Our Futures in Licking County is a coalition of diverse backgrounds that have the common belief that our community’s youth are our future.  Key community sectors involved include: youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth-led groups, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, substance abuse agencies and other agencies involved in reducing substance abuse.  These groups are working together to implement research-tested strategies for Licking County and its youth.
Research reveals that simple actions – done individually and in groups – can have a positive impact on a community.  Our Futures has adopted the Simple Gifts Initiative, championed by Dr. Dennis Embry of the Paxis Institute.  Simple Gifts (aka: KERNELS) are scientifically proven methods to influence behavior.  These kernels are the foundation of the Coalition’s strategies to achieve success.
To improve the educational, social, safety and economic environments of Licking County by reducing the use/abuse of marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) by youth and adults.
  • We will commit to uniting key groups, organizations and individuals in identifying and reducing risk factors associated with youth substance abuse, crime, violence and school dropouts.
  • We will increase protective factors that promote student safety, academic achievement and other conditions that contribute to the development of healthy and productive youth.
  • We will, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
  • Achieving our mission and vision will lead to a highly qualified, talented and skilled workforce, and a healthier and safer community in which to live, work, invest and prosper.
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