Rescue. Defend. Shelter. Support. These are four verbs that define NADEC and each of the state alliances.
In 1993, Sue Webber-Brown and Mitch Brown launched the first official DEC movement. By 1996, the California Governor's Office awarded grants to establish “DEC teams,” which consist of professionals from all sorts of backgrounds to aide in the identification of children living in drug environments. By 2002, 12 states had joined the movement, and the NADEC was born. Although not every state has a DEC just yet, the NADEC considers itself to be an ever growing organization, with hopes to plant its feet in all states.
According to the Texas Alliance DEC website, TADEC was formed to help protect children living in volatile drug environments. Under this covering, Child Protective Services, law enforcement, educators, medical and mental health professionals, and other child advocates are cooperating to protect children from the harms of drugs. TADEC believes:
• All children deserve to be loved, nurtured and provided for in a safe environment.
• Strengthening collaborative efforts among existing community resources is the best way to provide the necessary services and support for children exposed to volatile drug environments.
• Providing education and resources to multidisciplinary professionals increases the effectiveness of comprehensive community responses to drug endangered children.
• Leveraging the full scope of their resources, communities can break the cycle of drug abuse.
For more information on TADEC, contact TADEC at 214-522-8600. To learn more about NADEC, visit www.nationaldec.org.