January 14, 2016

National Leadership Forum: Pre-Registration Deadline Monday, Don’t Miss Poster Sessions

Attend CADCA’s National Leadership Forum from Feb. 1-4 in the Washington, D.C., area and gain insights, information, and inspiration to take back to your community and make a “Monumental Impact.” You still have time to register for the premier training event for community-based substance abuse prevention leaders.

The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Midnight EST Jan. 19. Register today and save.

The week will kick-off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 12th Annual Prevention Day, which will feature an address by the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.

CADCA’s Forum has more than 70 training sessions to address all aspects of prevention for three days, and then the week concludes with a Drug-Free Communities Support Program New Applicant Workshop (separate registration required).

On Monday evening, Feb. 1, the National Leadership Forum’s opening reception will feature networking opportunities, exhibit booths to visit, refreshments, and the Ideas Fair. Coalition leaders who submitted entries for the Coalitions Ideas Fair Poster Presentations will be available to discuss their presentations.

One poster, “Measuring Success of Local Control and Land Use Policies,” will be presented during the Ideas Fair by CADCA member Dana Stevens from the San Diego, Calif., area.

This poster will increase participant confidence in utilizing local control measures to address problems associated with alcohol outlets. Local land use tools such as conditional use permits and deemed approved ordinances have shown to be very effective tools to prevent negative impacts of alcohol establishments, said Stevens, Executive Director of Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA).

“Participants in this poster session will learn techniques for local data collection, protocols of data sharing and use that engage and mobilize the community for policy change. Poster participants will leave with templates for use in their own community,” she said.

The coalition was behind the 2013 “deemed approved” ordinance in their city, part of San Diego County. El Cajon has seen a decrease in arrests for alcohol-related issues. It has sanctioned stores for selling alcohol to minors. The city also successfully fought and won a federal lawsuit brought by several liquor stores arguing the law is unconstitutional.

The ordinance has helped the city crack down on liquor stores selling to minors, serial inebriates and people on the city’s “do not sell” list.

After Stevens’ coalition implemented the Deemed Approved ordinance, they found that population-level change occurred:

  • 26 percent reduction in arrests for drinking in public
  • 35 percent reduction in arrests for public drunkenness
  • 93 percent reduction in arrests for minors in possession

Local officials said the coalition’s strategy “reclaimed” their city.

Forum attendees will have two other opportunities to visit the Ideas Fair Poster Presentations. Attendees will also have a chance to vote for their favorite presentations for the “People’s Choice Awards.”

CADCA’s Forum will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside of Washington, D.C.

And don’t forget to join the conversation about our Forum on social media using hashtag #CADCAForum.

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