Welcome to the Southeast Region: Region 6

Dan Thiner, BSW

Regional ATOD Prevention Coordinator


Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Winona State University and started his career working with families and youth and continues to do so as the Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), for Region 6. Prior to becoming the Regional Prevention Coordinator, Dan was the Unit Coordinator of a middle-school aged girl’s dorm at Gerard Academy; a residential facility located in Austin MN. Prior to his experience at Gerard Academy he serviced families as a monitor at the Michael H. Seibel Family Visitation and Exchange Center. It is from his work experience that Dan has learned to work with families and community members to help them realize their potential, achieve their goals, and identify tools they already have while also developing new ones.

Region 6 Counties

Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona

Highlights from Region 6

Freeborn County Social Host Ordinance
This is the process that Freeborn County went through to pass their SHO
The communities of Faribault, Northfield, Goodhue and the counties of Rice & Goodhue have all passed a Social Host ordinance.

Model Curriculums in Region 6
Project Northland is currently being taught in the schools in Mower and Freeborn County as well as a Faribault Choice School and will be taught in St. Charles and Dover-Eyota Schools this upcoming Fall, 2011.

The Rice County coalition is working toward supporting the implementation of evidence-based curricula. Currently Bethlehem Academy is using Life Skills Training (for Middle School students), Northfield High School and ArtTech (Northfield) are using Toward No Drug Abuse and the Cannon River STEM School is using Project Northland

Success in Southeastern Minnesota
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Region 6 Coalitions

Contact your RPC for more information about these coalitions
Freeborn County Partners in Prevention (FCPIP) – Freeborn County
Goodhue County Chemical Health Initiative (CHI) – Goodhue County
Austin Drug Task Force – Mower County
Rice County Chemical Health Coalition
Northfield Community, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative – Rice County
Olmsted County Alcohol Misuse Prevention Coalition
– Olmsted County
Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition – Steele County
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition – Winona County
Whitewater Country Coalition – Dover, Eyota and St. Charles communities

Region 6 Host Site

Dan’s work as an RPC serving SE Minnesota starts at his fiscal agency, the Parenting Resource Center in Austin MN. www.familiesandcommunities.org