Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Inc dba Drug Free Manatee
Suite #303
BRADENTON FL 34205-7804
To develop community partnerships that implement comprehensive research-based environmental strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse while promoting health and wellness across the lifespan, especially among youth.
CEO/Executive Director Sharon Kramer
Board Chair Nathan L. Scott
Board Chair Affiliation DOH - Family Safety Alliance - (Child Welfare Systems Advocate)
General Info
Organization DBA
Drug Free Manatee
Former Names
Manatee County Substance Abuse Coaliion
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Drug Free Manatee (DF Manatee) is the community's voice for prevention, focusing on both individual and County-wide health and safety. We achieve success by building partnerships that create positive change through broad-based efforts. The Coalition has a 15 year history of successful collaborations that positively impact critical issues such as underage alcohol use, prescription drug misuse/diversion and opioid overdoses/deaths.

Accomplishments 2015-2016

-Convened the Addictions Crisis Taskforce - ACT - to address the opioid overdose/death crisis in Manatee County. ACT changed the way Manatee County responds to substance use emergencies and helped local partners leverage more than $1.3M in prevention and treatment funding
-Launched a Youth in Action initiative involving 60 high school students from 6 high schools, providing stipends to teacher mentors, that will work to increase student safety on campus, decrease peer substance use and increase access to services to support student mental health wellness during the 2016-2017 school year 
-Sponsored and coordinated a health summit with over 45 community partners for more than 2,000 9th grade students in Sept 2016 to improve students' school bond, decrease student substance use, increase student health and improve graduation rates
-Provided materials, booklets, training and support to School Resource Officers (SROs) to offer 6,000 7th and 9th grade students at 17 middle and high schools of Know the Law (KTL), a Coalition-developed prevention and safety program
Goals 2016-2017
-Explore Organizational & Program Sustainability
-Support Balanced Education/Expand school-based prevention programs
-Expand community and business relationships/partnerships
-Increase support for staff & Board professional development
Needs Statement
  1. Professional/Staff Development: operational funds to achieve 100% Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) certification status for 3 additional FTE staff to meet state licensing requirements (currently held by only one staff member). Cost for 30 CEUs/pp avg. is $5,000. Total cost for staff = $15,000
  2. Youth in Action/Drug Free Youth (D-Fy) (see Program Section for details): program funds to provide training for teens, stipends for teacher mentors at 10 County schools, as well as D-Fy membership materials and teen incentives to reward students for making positive choices. Cost for stipends is $12,000 annually; D-Fy membership materials and incentives is $8,000 annually; and youth training workshop(s) is $5,000 annually.
  3. Know the Law (see Program Section for details): program funding to provide materials, training, and evaluation support for School Resource Officers (SROs) and volunteers to expand this skill building/awareness program to additional middle schools (currently 7 out of 15 schools are provide the free program) and launch new programs in elementary schools to reach a younger, vulnerable population. Cost per school = $1,500 annually.
Background Statement
  Community members formed the Coalition in 2001 after determining that no single group or agency within Manatee County had the resources to impact a large enough portion of the environment to substantially foster positive norm changes in youth/adult substance use behaviors. Drug Free Manatee (DF Manatee) has since become the coordinating body for prevention in Manatee County. With almost 200 members, DF Manatee has proven ability to create broad based community advocacy and participation on issues of mission-level importance.

   DF Manatee’s staff, projects and environmental strategies are substantially funded through Federal and State grants. DF Manatee also leverages considerable in-kind support from a wide variety of community business and organizations. Drug Free Manatee is a 501(3)c entity incorporated in Florida in 2009 and a Level 1 Provider licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

   DF Manatee’s public health approach reflects its vision that prevention promotes the health and safety of individuals and communities. It focuses on reducing the likelihood of or delaying the onset of behavioral health problems such as substance use disorders, mental illness and suicide.

   In 2015-2016 DF Manatee staff presented at national conferences and at over 25 local prevention education workshops on a variety of topics for public middle and high school principals, for medical and dental students on college campuses, at community agencies and law enforcement agencies, and at faith-based community meetings. The Coalition provided training to the Community Services Advisory Board at their retreat to help members and County staff work more effectively to design and implement a 3-year Strategic Plan for Manatee County children.

   DF Manatee’s management staff has a combined 47 years of prevention service and coalition expertise. Based on comprehensive community assessment, DF Manatee identifies primary strategic targets for current and future community prevention activities based solely on data-drivers. For 2015-2018, DF Manatee is focusing on those substance use disorders that data indicates cause the most significant harm: underage alcohol use/binge drinking, adult alcohol misuse/abuse (leading to alcohol-related crashes and fatalities); adult and youth marijuana use; and adult abuse of prescription medications/opiates.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Health Care
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is clear that preventing drug use before it begins, particularly among young people, is the most cost-effective way to reduce substance use disorders and their consequences. We know that prevention works and that successful integration of evidence-based approaches into education and healthcare is vital. Each dollar invested in school-based prevention programs has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to substance abuse. Drug Free Manatee (DF Manatee) organizes and coordinates a balanced public health and public policy approach to drug policy that is built on data and scientific research.

I moved to Florida in 2011 from Washington, DC. I currently serve as a Senior Fellow for the Comprehensive Drug Research Center at University of Miami after a 30-year professional career in the US Dept. of State, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. I was honored to replace Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells as Coalition Chairperson. While I believe my experience and knowledge has benefitted DF Manatee, the Coalition earned a solid reputation for producing positive outcomes long before I became Chair. This year's Chamber of Commerce Champions of Healthcare Award for DF Manatee is evidence of that. 
How to sustain our efforts is paramount in my mind. We are now in the 9th year of a 10-year Drug Free Communities Grant and totally grant funded. The Coalition's reliance on grants is problematic when Manatee is the epicenter of overdose deaths in Florida. Prevention dollars are becoming scarce with Federal and State funds being diverted to intervention and treatment. The Board must focus on a sustainability plan that will continue our amazing work.
Our challenge - the Board is not a development board. Members are committed to the mission and all Trustees contribute financially, but there is no one on the current Board with development experience or skills. I personally struggle with how to direct their efforts.
Recent data indicates that DF Manatee achieved significant reductions over the last decade (20016-2016) in youth alcohol 30-day use (46.6% to 23.4%) and cigarettes (15.1% to 4%) through its initiatives. As Chair, I see our challenge as continuing these reductions in light of the approval of 'medical' marijuana, and a school environment where testing is paramount and prevention education disappearing. The Board authored a Resolution for Balanced Education for Children at its Jan 2016 Retreat upon realizing that the community believes its schools are providing prevention education: they are not. The Resolution is a continuing priority on our legislative delegation agenda for 2017.
In summary, more Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than in motor vehicle crashes; the majority of overdoses involves some variant of opioids. Opioid overdoses are epidemic in Manatee County, devastating families and our community, and straining the capacity of law enforcement and the healthcare system. While financial resources are always needed to provide intervention, expand access to treatment and support pathways to recovery, for DF Manatee, most importantly, financial resources for prevention are critical to prevent losing our next generation to opioids and marijuana.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much……Helen Keller. 

Drug Free Manatee’s (DF Manatee) capacity to prevent and reduce substance use disorders while promoting safety, health and wellness across the lifespan, especially among youth, is a BIG challenge - but a very important mission. DF Manatee is unique because we excel at creating and sustaining partnerships that build the community’s capacity to reduce risks and increase protective factors that prevent and reduce substance use, thereby mitigating damage to our citizens.

Our mission is made even more compelling and urgent as Manatee County is the currently the epicenter for opioid overdoses in the state of Florida. The Coalition was recently (2016) acknowledged by the Chamber of Commerce as a Champion of Healthcare for its Addiction Crisis Taskforce (ACT), whose collaborative efforts in the early days of the epidemic (2015, before drug formulations changed) saved lives and reduced Narcan administrations by 800%! ACT is sustaining its efforts to address this continuing crisis, working with our partners to identify funding, innovative processes, systems and strategies.  DF Manatee’s ACT has already created systems change in response and treatment, developed public awareness campaigns and advocated for focused public policy, harm reduction modalities, access to treatment and prevention education.

Other initiatives unique to DF Manatee’s focus on prevention is demonstrated by current (2016) youth development efforts - implementing Drug Free Youth (D-Fy), Youth in Action (YIA) projects, and Know the Law curriculum (taught in partnership with School Resource Officers in grades 7 and 9). As the County’s prevention voice, DF Manatee advocates for the inclusion of prevention as part of a balanced education for students.   

DF Manatee believes prevention is about more than saving lives; it is about pursing, and securing, the quality of life that can only be derived from passionately supporting families and empowering youth to make healthy choices.  Accomplishing a mission so broad and important requires civic engagement: it calls to community members with a spirit of volunteerism to become engaged in prevention. Prevention gives the biggest return on investment for our community and creates a Manatee where citizens thrive and celebrate living in paradise.  Join us and make a difference.


   Youth in Action (YIA) – is 60 Manatee County high school students and their faculty advisors trained in strategic planning through a DF Manatee-sponsored professional training. Six public high schools and one charter school established teams of students dedicated to improving their school environment. DF Manatee supports teams with logistics, materials and stipends to onsite teacher mentors. YIA students are focused on activities to 1) increase safety on campus, 2) decrease substance use among their peers, and 3) to increase access to services supporting mental health wellness. Specific school policies being addressed include a) security cameras to deter drug sales on campus, b) the use of vape pens/ e-cigarettes on campus, and c) implementation of peer support groups facilitated by licensed mental health counselors. These initiatives garnered support from school administrators, law enforcement and community agencies.

Budget $53,803
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success By end of SY 2016-2017, each YIA school-based team has committed to achieving policy change in at least one area: improved campus safety, decreased on-campus substance use or increased access to on-campus mental health services.
Long Term Success

100% of YIA participants with graduate HS.

DF Manatee will also track campus-based policy changes initiated by YIA teams and present policy proposals based on these student-led efforts to the School District of Manatee Administration annually for district-wide approval and dissemination.


Program Success Monitoring Teacher mentors provide DF Manatee with monthly attendance/progress reports, with a final year-end report detailing goals, activities, and outcomes. YIA members complete a DF Manatee-provided program evaluation annually and are encouraged to undertake a team self-assessment annually as well.
Program Success Examples YIA teams at 2 HS have already initiated meetings with School Advisory Councils to solicit support for purchase of additional security cameras in areas they have identified as high-risk on campus. Another YIA team met with agents from the FL Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and DOH Manatee seeking information to draft policy on e-cigarettes on campus. Another YIA team has met with the leadership of Healthy Teens Coalition to seek the support of trained peer-support counselors in order to set up monthly student support groups on campus.

 Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy), launched in fall 2016, are student peers who share a commitment to live a healthy, drug-free life. Joining D-Fy is free for students in 9th through 12th grades who complete a membership application attesting to their commitment to be alcohol, tobacco (including E-cigs) and drug free. This is validated though an initial confidential drug screening and verified though random screenings throughout their membership. Members receive a photo ID card for entrance at member-only events and to receive discounts at local businesses. D-Fy also creates a supportive community culture through over 20 agencies and businesses that offer discounts and specials for local D-Fy members. DF Manatee provides partners with free advertising on its websites, identification as a partner in D-Fy materials, window clings for their business, press releases announcing partnership and special WTW (Walk the Walk) status for businesses with hiring preference for D-Fy members.

Budget $52,989
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Almost 100 students have joined D-Fy in a two-month timeframe. DF Manatee has partnered with the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to host regular "Saturday Night Rocks" events at the Bradenton Women's Club with free admission to D-Fy members and the opportunity to sign-up for D-Fy on site. A partnership with County Parks and Recreation secured dedicated enrollment space for D-Fy on Monday afternoons (when school is in session)from 3 to 6 PM at G T Bray Park. By Sept 30, 2017, DF Manatee anticipates that at least 400 students will become D-Fy members.
Long Term Success DF Manatee anticipates that broad social norming through D-Fy will positively impact student attitudes toward substance use, improve school behaviors and lead to increased school graduation rates above the 2014 level of 76%. The Coalition will assess substance use attitudes and behaviors through data review of annual SESIR and district graduation data, as well as bi-annually through the FYSAS, administered state-wide through the Division of Children and Families, with results reported at the County level. DF Manatee expects a year-over-year improvement (increase or decrease) of 5% in 85% of indicators tracked.
Program Success Monitoring The success of D-Fy is measured year-over-year by a) number of business partners actively engaged, b) number of students participating, c) number of schools represented in membership, d) percent of clean tests by active members. All measurement data is captured monthly, reviewed by DF Manatee staff and reported to the Board of Trustees by the Executive Director.
Program Success Examples A number of area businesses who promote Drug Free Workplace policies have stated willingness (and signed MOUs) to provide first hiring and/or internship priority to D-Fy members. Several High School administrators have embraced the idea of 'honor cords' for D-Fy graduating seniors to acknowledge their good decision-making. D-Fy students, many of whom are average scholars, are thrilled with the opportunity for graduation recognition.

   Know the Law (KTL) educates youth on the importance of following the law. KTL is a copyrighted program used by permission with revisions specific to Manatee County. KTL’s concept is that students make better decisions when they understand the ramifications of their choices. KTL is taught by DF Manatee-trained School Resource Officers (SROs) and consists of a student booklet, PowerPoint presentation (age-appropriate to MS or HS), and a pre/posttest to measure knowledge gained. The presentation covers topics such as: Crime Defined, Alcohol, Narcotics, Prescriptions, Marijuana, Tobacco/Vaping, Parties, Weapons/Guns, Personal Crimes, Property Crime, Bullying, Sexting, Driving, and future consequences. Drug Free Manatee acknowledges our partnership with the School District of Manatee County, and School Resource Officers (SROs) from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Bradenton and Palmetto Police Departments to provide KTL to 6,000 students annually.

Budget $22,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success

Over 6,000 Middle and High School students are provided basic information on their rights and responsibilities under the law annually through Know the Law. Assessing pre/posttest results, the average HS student increased knowledge/understanding of the law by 5.6%. Not surprisingly, the average MS student demonstrated increased knowledge/understanding of the law by 35%. DF Manatee anticipates similar results for 2016-2017. 

Long Term Success

The Know the Law program creates awareness of the importance of citizenship and the rule of law and provides clarity to the sometimes obscure misconceptions that students may currently believe. KTL can create dialogue (and some surprises) between parents and students when the booklet is shared at home. Finally, it offers the opportunity for law enforcement (SROs) to actively engage with students in the classroom, forging new relationships, insights and perspectives for both parties. DF Manatee anticipates noticeable improvement in SESIR and FYSAS scores over baseline 2016.

Due to heightened emphasis on testing, KTL represents one of the few successful school-based prevention programs still offered in Manatee County schools, and is a great example of school/community partnership.
Program Success Monitoring Pre/posttests are conducted in every classroom, either through paper surveys or use of technology (imbedded questions, use of 'clickers'). Scoring is monitored and tracked by DF Manatee staff as SROs identify schools/grades/dates of completion monthly. DF Manatee staff, with support from our contracted professional evaluator, capture school-specific data and assess findings periodically. DF Manatee staff meet with law enforcement to provide training to SROs at the beginning of the school year and conduct a final process evaluation at school year-end.
Program Success Examples

 Feedback from SROs on the experience of program delivery and interaction with students was overwhelmingly positive:   

“PowerPoint was helpful presenting information"

"Implemented in 6th grade and felt it was a good fit"
"Overall program was excellent!"
"Loved the interactive opportunity to engage students"
"Reviewed the answers so students left knowing the law"
"Spent two days presenting information, felt 90 minutes was necessary to create the dialogue/relationship with students."
"A plus that it was interactive and created a discussion with students.”
Program Comments by Organization
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sharon Kramer
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Executive Director Sharon Kramer has a BE in Public Affairs and Community Services with an M.Ed. in Training and Human Resource Development.  As an internationally Certified Prevention Professional, she has led prevention coalitions for over 25 years in Ohio and Florida.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Rita Chamberlain Associate Director/CFO
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Government: County, City of Bradenton, City of Palmetto, City of Bradenton Beach

Law Enforcement: Sheriff’s Office, Bradenton PD, Palmetto PD, FL DOJ

Judicial: Teen Court, Drug Court, Veteran’s Drug Court

Education: MC School District, LECOM, New College, USF, SCF, IMG Academy

Coalitions: Safe Children Coalition, Faith-based Alliance, Family Safety Alliance, Healthy Teen Coalition, Healthy Start, Whole Child Manatee, FL Coalition Alliance, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National DF Workplace Alliance,

Agencies: FL DCF, DOH Manatee, MCR Health Services, Centerstone of FL, Hanley Center Foundation, UW Manatee, Salvation Army

Media: Brighthouse, METV, ABC7, News Channel 8, I-Heart Media, Bradenton Herald

Business: Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders


Manatee Chamber of Commerce2016
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Department of Children and Families2016
Awards & Recognition
Champion of Healthcare, OrganizationManatee Chamber of Commerce2016
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Multi-Media Comments by Organization All Drug Free Manatee PSAs are available on our YouTube site. We offer all our multi-media assets to other coalitions for their use at no cost.
Board Chair
Board Chair Nathan L. Scott
Company Affiliation DOH - Family Safety Alliance - (Child Welfare Systems Advocate)
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Javier Cordova Senior Fellow, CDRC, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Alexdrena Green United Community Centers
Towann Jenkins Manatee School District
Sharon Kramer Drug Free Manatee
Danielle Marler Southeast High School
Tim Novak LECOM
Pastor Bill Pierson Joy Fellowship Church
Reba Rogers Secure Aging: CPA
Jane Roseboro Centerstone of FL
Nathan Scott Circuit 12 Child Welfare Systems Advocate
Capt. Todd Shear Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Connie Shingledecker Retired
Brena Slater Sarasota YMCA/Safe Families Coalition
Kristen Theisen Chldren First
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Oct
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Sept
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $299,579.00
Projected Expenses $299,579.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$317,768$560,056$237,335
Administration Expense$21,844$21,757$18,486
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.120.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%96%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$159,531$144,617$66,189
Current Assets$159,531$144,617$66,189
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$11,554$4,475
Total Net Assets$159,531$133,063$61,714
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $350,812Government Grants - Federal $638,764Government Grants - Federal $230,662
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $15,268Contributions, gifts, grants $14,398Contributions, gifts, grants $12,158
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--12.5214.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Financial information through Dec 2017, and FY2016 Federal 990, provided in Profile
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990 and unaudited compilations. 
Nonprofit Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Inc dba Drug Free Manatee
Address 1112 MANATEE AVE W
Suite #303
BRADENTON, FL 34205 7804
Phone 941 749-3030 3491