Metro Drug Coalition Inc

Creating a healthy and safe community, free of substance misuse.

Knoxville, TN   |  www.metrodrug.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change. Our vision is a healthy and safe community, free of substance misuse.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Karen Pershing

Main address

4930 Lyons View Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919 USA

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EIN

58-1704454

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Primary Prevention

Our primary prevention program includes the following initiatives:

Community Coalition- Today, MDC’s Community Coalition is comprised of more than 80 individuals throughout Knoxville engaging 12 sectors of the community including: law enforcement, government, youth serving organizations, treatment programs, healthcare facilities, and more.

Mental Health First Aid Trainings- Our trainings teach how to identify, understand and respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Substance Misuse Task Force-A multidisciplinary stakeholder group comprised of leaders from the UT College of Nursing, TeamHealth, Tennessee Department of Health, TBI, DEA, Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office, Knox County State Representatives, and more.

YMDC (Youth Metro Drug Coalition)- Youth Metro Drug Coalition consists of sophomore, junior and senior high school students across Knox County who have a personal connection to addiction or a passion for substance misuse prevention.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Adults
Children and youth

Our Recovery Support program consists of the following initiatives:

Recovery Coaching- Similar to life and business coaching, Recovery Coaching is a type of partnership where the person in or seeking recovery self-directs their recovery while the coach provides their expertise in supporting successful change.

Recovery Housing Support Fund- This fund was established to aid these individuals who are not financially capable of paying the initial fee to enter a safe place to further their recovery process.

Treatment Referrals- Through regional partnerships, we plan to establish a continuum of care for adolescents and adults who suffer from substance abuse disorder.

Faith-based Initiatives- MDC works to leverage the critical, untapped network of caring individuals and faith communities as a means to help address addiction in our state.

The Gateway- The gateway, located in downtown and opening in Spring 2022, will be Knoxville's first Recovery Community Center.

Population(s) Served

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS) are located throughout the state of Tennessee as a point of contact for training and education on opioid overdose and for overdose prevention through the distribution of naloxone.

ROPS focus on three primary groups with their work:
First Responders
Individuals at high risk of overdose, their families, and friends
Agencies and organizations that provide treatment and recovery services or community resources

In addition to the priority populations, the ROPS will train all interested community members. The Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists interface with their assigned communities primarily through training events.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Adults
Children and youth
Substance abusers
Adults
Children and youth
Substance abusers
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Financials

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Metro Drug Coalition Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maha Krishnamurthy

Vice President/UT Research Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.