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Sirens. Camera. Action!

police officer checks on welfare of woman on park bench
Neenah Police Department Community Policing Coordinator, Stuart Zuehls, in scene with actress Monica Patankar.

It was sirens, camera and action recently on a video shoot for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

We filmed scenarios depicting situations that arise when a parent or caregiver suffers with a substance misuse disorder, commonly referred to as drug addition and now recognized as a mental health condition.

When a parent, caregiver or other family member is caught up in addiction, children are much more likely to suffer neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse. These children also often incur adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that can impact their chances for a healthy life as adults.

ACEs can be overcome with early intervention, which is something that the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) strongly promotes. The organization exists specifically to make a difference in the lives of children living in dangerous drug and substance misuse situations. They do this by bringing law enforcement, social services, medical, EMS/first responders, educators and other disciplines together to better recognize and serve these children and families.

The video scenarios include stories about a father in recovery, a grandmother raising her grandchildren and a teen whose mother is engulfed in addition. The videos will be used within an app we are creating for National DEC with Fox Valley Technical College's Learning Innovations (WI) and the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County (MA). Filming for the videos was done by Big Ocean Media (MA) at Fox Valley Technical College's Public Safety Training Center, the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center and other locations around Appleton, Wisconsin. The project is funded through a grant National DEC received from the U.S Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.

The app will be available in app stores after September 2021.

Actor Sarah Rudolph portrays a woman raising her grandchildren.

Men sit in circle represent group counseling scene.
Actor Dan Davies & others stage group counseling scene.

Film crew prepare set for interview.
Big Ocean Media crew prep to interview Eric Nation of National DEC.

Grandmother brings food to children.
Actors Sarah Rudolph, Isabelle Koehler and James Clark in a scene.

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