About

CCPE (Community Capacity for Prevention and Education) is a federally funded grant based out of Monroe County, Indiana. Our objective is to provide education and prevention for HIV and substance abuse to residents ages 13-24. We offer free HIV testing as well as evidence based practices (Say It Straight and Lead & Seed) to communities and organizations within our county.

As part of this SAMHSA grant, our objective is to provide 1,400 people ages 13-24 with their HIV status within the next 5 years.

Evidence Based Practices

Say It Straight: 4.5-8 hour workshop that teaches youth and young adults positive communication skills, boundaries, and how to say no under pressure.

Lead & Seed: 4-6 hour workshop designed to get youth involved in positive community change toward education and prevention of substance abuse and bullying.

RESPECT + HIV Rapid Test: 30-45 minutes by oral swab – no blood work required! – paired with one-on-one brief counseling to offer support and discuss risk factors associated with HIV.

Our Team

Matthew Clay, Program Manager 

Matt is one of about a dozen people in the United States who is a Master Trainer in Say It Straight.

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Hometown: Douglasville, Georgia

Education: MS in Educational Psychology, The Florida State University; BS in Psychology, The University of Georiga

Fun fact: Avid college football fan, Go Dawgs!

Why I like working with CCPE: I enjoy working on the CCPE project because it allows me to collaborate with outstanding members of the community, empower fellow Monroe County residents, and ultimately work towards making my new hometown, Monroe County, a better place.

Why I choose to be drug free: I have too many goals and aspirations to risk getting sidetracked with something potentially very dangerous.

Olivia Humphreys, Outreach Coordinator

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Hometown: Greencastle, Indiana

Education: BA in Journalism-Public Relations, Indiana University

Fun fact: I love to take my cat, Hoo, hiking!

Why I like working with CCPE: CCPE allows me to give back to my community, which is what I’m all about! Bloomington was a great home to me during my four years of undergrad, and I’m excited to stay and help educate teens and young adults about important health issues.

Why I choose to be drug free: I hold myself to incredibly high standards and know that drugs will mess up my life in every single way possible. Plus, I need to be on my A-game in order to take care of Hoo, because she’s a diva.

Kira Richardson, Prevention Specialist 

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Hometown: The tiny town of Centralia, Illinois

Education:Masters of Healthcare Administration, Webster University; BS in Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Fun fact: I have a twin sister.

Why I like working with CCPE: I have a personal interest in public and community healthcare. Being a part of a grant like CCPE is fulfilling and I’m happy to be a part of such a great team of dedicated people who are passionate about making a change in Monroe County.

Why I choose to be drug free: I have a couple family members who struggle with addiction, so it was never a hard choice for me to stay drug free. Just seeing what they went through and the toll it took on my family was enough to know that I didn’t want to experience that.