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January 14, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Examine evidence-based & evidence-informed substance use Prevention Plus Wellness screening & brief interventions
  2. List differences between typical substance use prevention and Prevention Plus Wellness programs
  3. Explore theory and research supporting brief and multi-health risk behavior interventions
  4. Describe options, settings, steps and adaptations for implementing and evaluating PPW programs


Length: Approximately 1 hour 

Date: Friday January 17th       

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: 1-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

January 13, 2020

Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) provides easy to use evidence-informed resources to help prevention and health specialists and parents prevent youth and young adult alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, e-cigarette, and opioid use while promoting protective wellness lifestyles.

Free Prevention Plus Wellness Youth and Teacher Resources address increasing and improving physical activity and sports participation, healthy nutrition, getting adequate sleep, controlling daily stress, setting and monitoring goals and spirituality, while understanding risks associated with substance use, including vaping e-cigarettes and using marijuana.

These resources include:

  • Prevention Plus Wellness Core Knowledge Training Webinar
  • Evidence-informed health behavior content and tools for prevention professionals and parents
  • Youth health behavior content, videos, PowerPoint slides and other resources
  • Youth assignments that can be completed in or outside of a classroom or home

View the PPW Youth & Teacher Resources:

January 6, 2020

The 2019 Monitoring the Future (MTF) data, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows that youth marijuana vaping is becoming more prevalent. In particular, "After remaining mostly stable for many years, daily use of marijuana went up significantly since 2018 among eighth and 10th graders–now at 1.3% and 4.8% respectively." 

Notably, MTF data found that youth alcohol use,  prescription opioid misuse, and combustible cigarette youth declined in the past year. However,  the data show that 11.7% of youth vaped nicotine daily in 2019. This is the first year daily vaping use has been measured in the MTF survey.

View NIDA's full press release here, and read a new Journal of the American Medical Association paper on youth marijuana vaping that analyzes the latest MTF data here

January 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results from a study showing an increase in driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs. The study found that, "During 2018, approximately 12 million (4.7%) U.S. residents aged ≥16 years reported driving under the influence of marijuana, and 2.3 million (0.9%) reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs other than marijuana during the past 12 months."

January 6, 2020

What is the Annual Survey of Coalitions?

CADCA's 2020 Annual Survey of Coalitions is the leading source of information on community-level substance use and misuse prevention coalitions in the country. 

The survey data has informed training and technical assistance needs, advocacy efforts, creation of national partnerships and broader community-based prevention research. In addition, the Annual Survey of Coalitions Fact Sheet allows coalition members to see the successes of their work, how their efforts align with coalitions across the country and where additional assistance is needed. 

All coalitions across the country can participate—you don't have to be a CADCA member. Your contribution is equally impactful whether your coalition is emerging or established.


Win a FREE Registration to Upcoming CADCA Events 

We are offering special incentives for coalitions who complete the survey early. Two lucky winners will win a registration to either the 2020 Mid-Year Training Institute (July 26-30, 2020) or 2021 National Leadership Forum (Feb. 1-4, 2021) if they complete the survey by Friday, Jan. 24.


Who can complete the survey and what information is needed?

One person, preferably one who is very familiar with the day-to-day activities of the coalition, should complete the survey. The survey typically takes less than one hour to complete. You can start the survey and return to it at any time. All of your information is automatically saved. This year, we have pre-populated demographic fields of the survey. 


How do I get started?

To receive a personalized link to the survey, please send an email to or call 1-800-54-CADCA ext. 267. Please check your spam/junk folder for the survey email if you don't see it in your inbox. Thank you in advance for completing the survey!

January 4, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Develop messages that integrate youth cannabis use prevention with fitness & health promotion using the Behavior-Image Model.
  2. Compare evidence-based & evidence-informed programs for preventing marijuana use and promoting protective wellness behaviors among youth and young adults. 
  3. Explore resources for preventing youth cannabis use and promoting wellness lifestyles.


Length: Approximately 30 minutes 

Date: Thursday January 9th       

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: .5-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

December 20, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently released the following publications:

  • Preventing the use of marijuana: Focus on women and pregnancy - This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent marijuana use among pregnant women. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
  • Substance misuse prevention for young adults - This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
November 27, 2019

Submit your proposal today! Submissions are due December 4, 2019.

The Washington Council for Behavioral Health invites you to join us in presenting innovative workshops at the 31st annual Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference! The conference brings together a diverse group of presenters to share information about therapeutic interventions, recovery supports, promising programs, and policies that advance best practices. Our goal is to provide a learning experience that expands professional knowledge, promotes community partnerships, and helps make recovery a reality. Last year over 680 people attended – this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience!

As a presenter at the 2020 WBHC, you’ll gain visibility and have the opportunity to interact with a broad audience. Conference attendees include clinical staff, program managers, consumers, family members, peers, non-profit staff, advocates, and staff of system partners and state agencies including the Health Care Authority, Department of Social and Health Services, and the Department of Corrections.

If you have any questions or need help with the application, please contact Alison Avery at (206) 628-4608 x12 or

November 22, 2019

The Washington Traffic Safety Commision (WTSC) will be holding the Washington Safety Conference June 2-4, 2020 in Spokane, WA at the Davenport Grand Hotel.

Registation links and agenda will be publiched in February!

For more information, visit:

November 21, 2019

What is involved?  The Review Team reviews the previous year’s Overview and Nomination Packet documents during January and February, making suggestions on improvements, suggestions on how to market the awards to encourage more participation, and to make suggestion on how to simplify the nomination process.  Meetings are via GoToMeeting or Skype for Business.  Award nominations are accepted during the April – August time frame; there is no Review Team meetings or duties during the nomination period.  However, during the first two weeks of September, Review Team members are asked to review and rate nominations.  The nomination reviews can take 30-45 minutes per nomination; total time involved for nomination review will depend on the number of nominations received.  After the 2020 Prevention Summit and Awards Ceremony, the Review Team may be asked to review the process and make suggestions for improvement.


Want to be on the team?  Martha Williams will be putting the 2020 Review Team together by December 31, 2019.  She is looking for 5 – 6 Prevention Professionals of varying prevention experience levels to join the Team.  Please contact her by email at