Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI)

What is CPWI?

The DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is committed to a statewide prevention system that is effective in reducing substance abuse and it affects on youth, families and communities statewide.

In order to advocate for additional investments for prevention services, DBHR began a new funding approach in 2011 to prioritize services in the highest need communities, and evaluate the outcomes. 

We value the expertise and commitment of people throughout the prevention system.  We contract with county governments and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide effective community-based prevention services to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by our state's youth, and the related problem behaviors.

We believe that moving to a community-focused approach will allow us to:

  • Focus efforts and leverage resources;
  • Build on and replicate what works;
  • Measure outcomes; and
  • See a deeper impact in communities.

See PowerPoint Presentation Overview for more information.

State level CPWI objectives include:

  • A statewide distribution of communities working with county governments and OSPI educational service districts;
  • Establishing performance based contracts;
  • Workforce development; and
  • Providing effective technical assistance.

Selected communities will:

  • Establish a substance abuse prevention community coalition, to  include a minimum of eight community sectors represented.
  • Have at least a .5 FTE community coordinator in each community.
  • Implement evidence-based environmental, public awareness, direct services and capacity building strategies, programs and policies through a prevention coalition.
  • Partner with school-based prevention/intervention specialists.
  • Evaluate chosen programs, policies and community-level change, and participate in statewide evaluation.
  • Support state efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco and comply with federal Synar regulations.

How is CPWI being implemented?

CPWI discussions and meetings with counties, OSPI, educational service districts and community stakeholders began in August 2009. 

The first cohort of CPWI communities began receiving funding July 1, 2011. This was followed by Cohort 2 communities on July 1, 2012, and Cohort 3 communities on July 1, 2013.  There are now over 50 high-need communities receiving CPWI funding.

How can I find out more about CPWI Communities?

CPWI Brochure

List of community contacts

Community Coalition Information

Who Can I Contact At DBHR For More Information?

Julia Havens
Prevention System & Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Lead
Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery


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