Regional Needs Assessment
The Regional Needs Assessment (RNA) report is created by each Prevention Resource Center in the state of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), every year. Data compiled to produce this report is gathered to provide the state, agencies and organizations, and the community at-large with a comprehensive view of information about the trends, outcomes, and consequences associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in the region. The methodology for this report was designed to enable PRCs, DSHS, and community stakeholders to engage in long-term strategic prevention planning based on current and prospective services relative to the needs of the communities in the state. The information compiled in the RNA will be utilized to build a Regional Data Repository, which is utilized as a regional asset throughout the state.
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Abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs is a problem throughout Region 9 and the entire United States. However, communities vary greatly in the specific problems they face, the groups affected by those problems, and the events that influence people to take action. The PRC aims to identify specific issues and gaps in services existing in the diverse communities in Region 9.
Focus groups can reveal a wealth of detailed information, as well as an insight about issues such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The Region 9 PRC provides training and conducts focus groups throughout the region that facilitate design, evaluation, and creation of prevention programs, as well as policy making. If you would like to participate in our focus groups or would like information and training please contact the PRC staff at 432.333.4100 or
Key Informant Interviews
The PRC performs Key Informant Interviews with the purpose of collecting qualitative information from a wide range of people. These include stakeholders, community leaders, professionals, and residents who have first-hand knowledge about the community and trends related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs use in the community.
These interviews provide insight on the impact of problems that are ongoing in the community and may also provide recommendations for solutions. Please contact the PRC staff if you would like more information about this data collection process.
Texas School Survey
Our annual RNAs include much data from the biennial Texas School Surveys. The 2018 RNA includes 2016 TSS data.
What is the TSS?
The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use (TSS) has been conducted in Texas schools since 1988. The survey covers prevalence of substance use, factors affecting youth substance use, and students’ attitudes toward substance use. It is implemented by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. The Texas School Survey includes grades 7-12.
Why give the TSS?
The Texas School Survey provides state and local agencies with data to quantify local drug and alcohol use, as well as provide guidance on the best means to address the problem. Questions assess where the students get most of their information on drug and alcohol use and where they say they would turn for help with a substance problem. These data help identify which sectors of the community can most effectively unite to combat student substance use.
It produces factual data to replace speculative and sensational information.
At the community level, the survey helps estimate the extent to which student substance use is primarily a “school problem.” Some research indicates that much drug and alcohol use is centered not in the schools, but instead takes place after school hours and away from school grounds.
Administered over an extended period of time, the survey is an effective tool to evaluate the impact of special substance abuse prevention and education programs.
The Texas School Survey is designed to be responsive to questions of specific interest to Texas’ educators, policymakers, parents, and community groups.
What kinds of questions does the TSS answer?
1. What types of drugs and alcohol are students using?
2. How much do they typically consume, and how often?
3. How often do students drive after using drugs or alcohol?
4. How often are drugs and alcohol used at parties?
5. Where do the students get most of their information about drugs and alcohol?
6. Who would students turn to if they needed help?
An additional 30 questions can be added to the TSS from the school or school district. These 30 questions will need to be reviewed and formatted by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M. These additional questions may help schools discover if hallway rumors are true. Are students really buying drugs from the fast food restaurant across the street from campus? How many students are abusing drugs during an extracurricular school function?
What is the cost?
If your school is selected by random sampling, the survey is FREE for you. You will also receive a $500 participation incentive.
A fee would be charged if you want to opt in when not selected by random sampling. The fee covers the cost of data analysis and your District Level Report. Individual schools are randomly selected for sampling. Each sampled school will be contacted by Texas A&M. This year, the Texas Department of State Health Services is offering a $500 incentive for sampled schools to take the survey. This means they receive all survey materials for free and an additional $500. We strongly encourage survey participation.
Does your school qualify?
Help Texas students by identifying what and where services are needed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the TSS, please don’t hesitate to call Texas A&M’s research advocate at 979.845.1922 or the PRC Regional Evaluator at 432.333.4100.
If your school is interested in taking the survey and has not been sampled – then you may do so!
District Level Report and Custom Analyses:
Districts with no schools in State Sample – $100 Basic Participation fee + $1.25/student/paper-pencil or $0.50 online
Districts with at least 1 school in State Sample – $100 Basic Participation Fee + $0.75/student/paper-pencil or $0.25 online
How to Enroll in the TSS
Read the TSS Frequently Asked Questions here: TSS FAQ 2014
Complete the online basic participation form at: http://www.texasschoolsurvey.org/register/
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