BLAINE COUNTY DRUG COALITION HONORED AT CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM

BLAINE COUNTY DRUG COALITION HONORED AT CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM

CADCA Graduation photoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2017

BLAINE COUNTY DRUG COALITION HONORED AT CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM

Hailey, Idaho – On Feb. 7, the Blaine County Drug Coalition was one of 171 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-­‐Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community drug prevention leaders.

“We are so proud of our coalition for investing the time and resources to take advantage of the best community coalition training in the world. To graduate from this year-­‐long intensive course is no small feat and The Drug Coalition is more prepared today to be an effective, sustainable coalition because of this training,” said Amber Larna, Executive Director. “We look forward to applying our knowledge and strategies to ensure the youth in our community live drug free.”

CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive, year-­‐long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. The NCA incorporates three, week-­‐long classroom sessions, a web-­‐based distance learning component, an online workstation where participants network and share planning products and free ongoing technical assistance. To graduate, coalitions must complete a rigorous curriculum. They must participate in all components of the NCA and complete five essential planning products that serve as the foundation of their comprehensive plan for community change.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-­‐day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally-­‐known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together approximately 3,000 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-­‐based leaders. It is the largest training event for the prevention field.

The mission of The Drug Coalition is to promote healthy lives by decreasing substance use by youth in Blaine County through innovative programming, community education, and positive policy change.

For more information email alarna@thedrugcoalition.org