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Michael Langer serves as the Behavioral Health and Prevention Chief for the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Michael has been managing prevention and treatment services for the state since 1986. He has extensive experience managing federal grants and has been actively involved with the National Prevention Network as the Washington State Representative for the past 20 years. He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Washington Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking and the Washington State Prevention Policy Consortium. Most recently Michael has led a statewide system redesign of prevention services in an effort to directly support coalition development and activity in the state’s 52 highest need
A career highlight for me was when I had the honor of accepting the CADCA Outstanding State Member Award on behalf of the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery in February 2013.
In Washington State, our core values and belief in the power of local community coalitions to change community norms and support families in their efforts to raise healthy children align closely with CADCA’s principles. The 2013 award was presented to our state based on actions we have taken to follow our values and redesign our prevention system from a county-based model to a local community-based model using community coalitions as the strategic planning entities.
CADCA, along with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, has been instrumental in guiding the development of our statewide Prevention Redesign Initiative over the past three years. CADCA staff and consultants have trained our state staff on coalition development strategies, how to coach and guide community coordinators, and sustainability strategies. CADCA has also been instrumental in providing annual training to our provider network and the Drug Free Community Grantees in our state.
In addition to providing training, CADCA has demonstrated public policy leadership since its inception that is inspiring and benefits our state in many ways. We count on CADCA to support prevention and treatment efforts in Washington D.C. We use their guidance and resources to train our providers on how to advocate effectively with our state policy makers.
CADCA is a national treasure for communities striving to prevent substance abuse and support recovery strategies for those addicted. CADCA is an outstanding partner with states and federal agencies as well and I am thrilled to serve on their advisory committee.