Protecting public health is one of the driving forces of urban planning. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is pursuing this goal in a distinct way. We are teaching community planning skills to New Jersey officials working on substance abuse and behavioral health issues in their counties.
On behalf of the Rutgers University School of Social Work, with support from the New Jersey State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NCCP is producing the Community Based Planning Certificate. This program offers 30 directors and coordinators training and development in:
*Data collection and use,
*Cost-effective evaluation, and
*Presenting plans to the public
The participants are required to create long-range county comprehensive plans for alcohol and substance abuse prevention in 2014. This program is also an opportunity for the participants to learn leadership skills, so they can be better persuade fellow county officials and the public to promote public health.