Does a mental health issue lead to substance use? Does substance abuse lead to a mental health issue? The answers to those questions are not clear, but we do know millions of adults in the United States have both. A very small percentage of people receive treatment for both conditions and most don't receive any treatment at all. Research has shown that treatment addressing both conditions at the same time has better outcomes with lower costs, yet it still isn't happening nearly enough.

Nearly two million Americans have served in military operations overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and many more veterans live and work among us. For many veterans, the transition between military and community life can be difficult.

Veterans and military families are disproportionately affected by substance abuse, mental health issues, and family troubles. Tragic consequences like suicide, alcohol abuse and prescription drug overdose far too often plague our nation’s heroes. Community coalitions can be a key component to helping veterans in need.

During the hour-long program Supporting Those Who Serve, hear about the potential problems returning veterans face and what is available to help them. Learn how you can be part of the solution. We’ll travel to Philadelphia to see how CADCA’s VetCorps is making a difference.

This Strategizer helps clarify what constitutes “lobbying” activities for nonprofit organizations and to what extent these organizations can participate in lobbying activities in particular and the legislative process in general.

Marijuana is a polarizing topic to discuss. People are passionate about their views and often don’t want to listen to those who oppose them. This passion can sometimes lead to skewed facts about marijuana.

During the hour-long program, Debunking Marijuana Myths, science, prevention, and law enforcement experts will talk about some common myths and provide the facts.

We will travel to Massachusetts where ballot initiatives have changed views about marijuana in the state and see how coalitions have united to get the facts out to the public.

Mark your calendar for this one-hour broadcast about transforming communities by mobilization and civic action. Understanding Your Influence. will provide you with helpful hints on how to educate local, state and national decision makers.  We’ll cover just how you can appropriately and effectively work for the changes you want to see, from local ordinances to national legislation.   Join Sue Thau, CADCA’s Public Policy consultant and other experts and learn how to become visible, vocal and, perhaps most importantly, valuable as you build relationships with policymakers.

Numbers can be overwhelming and make your head spin. It doesn’t have to be that way. Evaluating data properly can help lead you in the right direction.  CADCA can help you become an “everyday scientist” and demystify data gathering.  During the hour-long show Data Detectives learn how to investigate your local conditions to find the indicators you need to make positive change.  Find out what sources of credible local data are readily available.  See how data can help you define your substance abuse problems, select strategies and prove your effectiveness.  Master the art of using data to tell a story in the community and grow your coalition. Learn how to avoid data overload. We’ll visit Branson, MO where a coalition’s community assessment told them they had to do something about alcohol density. They did, and the results have been great. Hear what they did and how they did it. 

Think of it as an hour filled with the answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about coalitions,  but haven’t. We’re going back to the basics, the fundamentals of what makes coalitions perfect vehicles for community-level change, what we need to know to be a meaningful partner of a coalition, and how we can make our coalition even more effective.

Un Diagnóstico Comunitario - Analizar La Comunidad, Identificar Problemas y Establecer MetasEsta guía ha sido diseñada para proporcionar a las coaliciones anti-drogas lineamientos claros para definir sus comunidades, analizar y evaluar las verdaderas necesidades dentro de sus comunidades.

Esta Guía brindará lineamientos claros para ayudar a las coaliciones a lograr el reforzamiento institucional necesario para desarrollar e implementar un plan comunitario integral para la reducción del consumo de drogas ilícitas. Este documento describe los componentes de un plan coherente relacionado con las estrategias y prioridades para reforzar las habilidades de su coalición.

 

 

 

The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention StrategiesThis publication provides an overview of the environmental strategies approach to community problem solving and includes examples of efforts where environmental strategies aimed at preventing and reducing community problems related to alcohol and other drugs were implemented.

 

 

 

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