Jamie Raichel is Scott County’s Drug Free Community Coordinator

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.—The Scott County Partnership on behalf of CEASe of Scott County received one of 698 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants across the country by the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The grant will provide funding to the local community coalition (CEASe) for preventing youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, and alcohol.

The DFC grant funds will go toward involving and engaging the local community to prevent substance use among youth. The Scott County Partnership recently hired Jamie Raichel as the Scott County Drug Free Community Coordinator. 

Jamie grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1984, the same year she was Austin’s Homecoming Queen. Until about a month ago, she lived in Upstate South Carolina for the past 20 years, along with Knoxville, TN, prior to that.

Raichel has been married for 27 years to Steven Lea, and they have a 16 year old son. She has eighteen years of experience in developing and managing grant funded programs and over twenty years of youth programs experience.

Over the last 30 years, she has worked with the homeless, mentally ill, teen parents, and drop-out prevention programs. In addition, she has managed group homes for adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Raichel is proud to have helped develop and author funded projects from the Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

She guided a national DOJ youth mentoring program to becoming a top performing, best practices model. Most recently, she oversaw a Department of Labor program that provided education, work readiness, technical training, job placement and on-going job coaching for disadvantaged 17 to 24 year olds.

Her initial interest in returning to Scott County to live and work stems from a desire to be near her aging father who lives in Austin. She was attracted to the combination of skills that are needed for this new position. Jamie knew that much of her prior experience would be an asset in her new role.

In working with youth to help them overcome barriers to being successful in school and life, substance use has been a pervasive issue. Jamie is a person in long term recovery for over six years now. She is still learning about the stigma surrounding addiction and the different paths to recovery. She desires to share her own experience to help others. She is excited in how her new responsibilities and activities will have a positive, long-term impact in her home community.

Jamie is proud of her heritage and excited to be back home. While some things have changed here, so many more things feel familiar in a warm, inviting way.  She’s convinced that some of the most hard-working and neighborly people in the country are right here in Scott County. She’s excited, honored and blessed to have this opportunity to live and work here again.

She believes her most important role as the DFC Coordinator is to facilitate collaboration opportunities where people share, learn and are involved in the process of creating solutions, and then to guide that process toward action. Raichel is passionate about bringing people from all sectors of Scott County to the table, especially those whose voices are currently under-represented, so that creative solutions, specific to local needs, can be implemented.

The guiding principle of the DFC Support Program is “Local Problems Require Local Solutions.” She is most looking forward to the prospect of getting to work and collaborate with the citizens of Scott County to find and implement workable and effective solutions toward a drug-free community.

Her vision for Scott County is that every sector of the community works together, building on the foundation of progress currently in place, to create a more comprehensive continuum of approaches. Jamie believes that as this progress expands, education and prevention efforts will guide us in staying on course. Through intervention and supportive strategies, her desire is that everyone in Scott County has hope, and real and accessible opportunities to live healthy and whole lives.

You may contact Jamie at the Partnership at 812.752.6365 or email her at jamie.raichel@scottcountypartnership.org.

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