The Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition formed in 2018 when leaders in the county recognized the need to address the overlap between chemical and mental health among community members. Action team members from the former Rice County Chemical Health Coalition (established in 2004) and Rice County Mental Health Collective (established in 2011) came together to make a plan to merge efforts. The resulting coalition keeps Rice County at the forefront of advocating for system-level changes on behalf of community members throughout the county.
Using a public health approach and the best practice of “multiple strategies from multiple sectors”, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition welcomes representatives from all sectors of the community. Through strengthening and expanding membership, the group is dedicated to building community capacity for chemical and mental health prevention efforts.