Healthcare reform. It was perhaps the most covered issue in the news media the past year, and now CADCA is bringing this hot topic to you during a special town hall session being held at CADCA's National Leadership Forum next week.
On Monday, the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year 2011 National Drug Control Budget proposal. The budget proposes an overall increase for drug-related programs, and outlines the development of a new prevention program. However, it proposes a $9 million cut from last year's funding for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program.
This is the third in a series of articles focusing on the young adults participating in the CADCA National Coalition Institute's Ambassador Program, a workforce development initiative. This week, we highlight Juliana Langille, from Brockton Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol in Brockton, Mass.
Despite the research on the negative effects of alcohol use on young people, many parents still believe that teen drinking is a right of passage. Many take the approach of trying to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home. However, a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, shows that this approach is ineffective.
The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will hold a webinar next week to discuss grant opportunities that will be available in 2010. The webinar will take place on Tues., Feb. 2nd, from 2 to 3 p.m., EST.
The New York Times reported that the L.A. City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday that would shut down 80 percent of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries because of problems they've had with their dispensaries.
With the escalating rates of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse affecting communities nationwide, this issue will be one of the featured topics at CADCA's National Leadership Forum next month. Several workshops will address everything from prescription take back programs to media campaigns to raise awareness of over-the-counter cough medicine abuse.
Funding for the 2010 Drug Free Communities program is now available. The 2010 DFC Request for Applications (RFA) is available online. ONDCP expects to award approximately $18.75 million for 150 new competing grants to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 19, 2010.
CADCA is thrilled to announce that Adolfo Carrion, the first White House Director of Urban Affairs, will speak about President Obama's key initiatives to assist urban communities at CADCA's 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum. Carrion will present at a Forum Pre-conference session, "The Inside Track", on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.
A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that, in the past year, one quarter (26.7 percent) of adolescent girls were involved in a serious fight at school or work, group-against-group fight, or an attack on others with the intent to inflict serious harm, putting them at greater risk of alcohol and other drug use.
This is the second in a series of articles focusing on the young adults participating in the CADCA National Coalition Institute's Ambassador Program, a workforce development initiative. This week, we highlight Denis Quiñonez from the Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community in Los Angeles, Calif.
To celebrate the organization's unique 20-year history, CADCA will host a 20th Anniversary Gala at its National Leadership Forum next month. During this elegant event, featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment, longtime veterans of the community coalition movement will talk about CADCA's past, present and future. In addition, CADCA will honor attendees who have been present at 10, 15 and 20 CADCA Forums.
Sometimes the most difficult part of drug prevention is getting the message to the people who need it the most. That's why the faith community is one of the most important partners a coalition can have. Not only are they well-respected figures in a community, but they can reach people where they are. During the next CADCA-TV broadcast called Keeping the Faith in Drug Prevention, learn how the faith community and coalitions can work together to reduce substance abuse. The show will air Jan. 28, from 1-2 p.m. EST.
Attention community coalitions: the 2009 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions is still open for you to participate! Coalitions that complete the Annual Survey are eligible to win a free CADCA Annual Membership. Don't miss your chance to win this prize and enjoy the many benefits associated with being a CADCA Member.