The East Carolina University Regional Training Center (RTC) is located on campus and has been the longest continually grant funded program at ECU, operating for over 34 years. The main focus of the RTC is the prevention of substance abuse among children. The RTC has done this through various programs throughout the years including trainings, awarding mini-grants to community programs and providing technical assistance. As of the fall of 2004, the RTC began working with the eastern counties of the state to start anti-substance abuse coalitions by providing funding, technical support and training.
The RTC’s services include Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) trainings on all issues of creating, sustaining and leading a coalition. These trainings are either area-wide trainings or individual coalition trainings. The RTC also has brochures and booklets on numerous substance abuse topics that it provides any organization that requests it. In the near future, the RTC will coordinate coalition brain-storming get-togethers to allow coalitions to learn from each other and collaborate on future events.
The RTC is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services, Community Policy Management/Prevention and Early Intervention Team.