Prevention Resource Center

Prevention Resource Centers serve as central data collection repositories and are the substance abuse prevention training liaisons for each region.

Region 9 PRC serves as the data repository for West Texas and, as such, collects and disseminates substance abuse data year-round throughout Region 9. The PRC also provides substance abuse training all year, promotes prevention through media awareness, and performs tobacco compliance checks throughout the region.


of kids will try a tobacco product before the age of 18


Region 9 has a substantially higher rate of family violence than the state of Texas as a whole


Increase in tobacco retailers from 2018 to 2022 in Region 9

Region 9 Counties

Andrews, Borden, Coke, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Kimble, Loving, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler

PRC 9 Services

  • Maintain and serve as the primary resource for substance use and related behavioral health stat for the region
  • Coordinate the required prevention strategies across all System Agency-funded substance abuse prevention Grantees to ensure compliance with state regulations
  • Strengthen compliance with existing laws on the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to minors through education and monitoring activities
  • Increase community awareness about substance use and misuse through the dissemination of information across a wide variety of media outlets and distribution networks
  • Build the prevention workforce capacity through technical support and coordination of prevention training

Regional Needs Assessment

The Regional Needs Assessment (RNA) report is created by each Prevention Resource Center (PRC) in the state of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (HHSC), every year. The 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 is utilized to build a Regional data Repository, which is utilized as a regional asset throughout the state.