Press Release

April 2009


Community Coalition Outperforms National Benchmarks


The Royal Oak Community Coalition (ROCC) recently received exceptionally high marks from the federal government. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is the branch of the federal government that funds Drug Free Community coalitions and additionally rates the progress of Drug Free coalitions across the United States. The Royal Oak Community Coalition is in its fourth year of federal funding and was rated on a range of developmental stages based on their capacity, resources, and ability to perform primary functions.
Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation is the federally contracted agency that conducted the research comparing Drug Free Coalitions across the United States.
Royal Oak Community Coalitions' Stages of Development Chart
The bar chart summarizes the Royal Oak Community Coalitions Stage of Development compared to all coalitions in the United States who received DFC funding beginning in the same award year.

This chart demonstrates the high level of achievement made by Royal Oak Community Coalition and its ability to establish a high functioning non-profit organizational infrastructure. Organizations with a strong infrastructure are able to implement successful prevention projects and initiatives.
 Royal Oak Community Coalitions' Stages of Development Chart
People in front of the coalition sign
Compliments & Comments
Elizabeth Bauer of the Michigan State Board of Education said, “Your Board and staff are making a significant contribution to the Royal Oak Community and communities beyond your borders.” 

Jack Claypoole, Chief Administrator of the National Office of Drug Control Policy sent accolades for a job well done! 


The Sheridan family recently lost their son and brother, Scott, to a tragic heroin overdose and has been deeply affected by his death. Melanie Daugherty, Branch Manager of National City bank and sister to Scott Sheridan says, “The Royal Oak Community Coalition does so much for the community by bringing people together to help reduce substance abuse. We are so happy to be a part of the coalition’s efforts. They really taught our family how important it is to teach kids about prevention early on so they are more equipped and educated to make smart decisions when they are faced with substance abuse issues. It’s good to know that our brother Scott did not die in vain and they we have the opportunity through the Royal Oak Community Coalition to help educate other children and families about prevention.”

The Coalition Administration, staff and boards extends a heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of community partners, supporters and volunteers for overwhelming dedication, hours of service and effort you give to help our community to sustain a healthy and safe environment. “It takes measured effort by everyone to do what they reasonably can within the strength based framework embraced by the Coalition,” Diane Dovico, Executive Director. 

Learn More
To learn more about the Royal Oak Community Coalition and all of their activities including accessing local resources or watching several taped programs, log on to their website.

For more information please contact:
  • Lisa Manganello, Executive Director 248-435-8440

  • Dr. Darren Lubbers, Grant Evaluator 517-575-8526