ADAPT Joins Community Leaders at CADCA's 25th National Forum
Posted on February 24, 2015 09:03 am CST
Hometown Daily News
Branson, MO – Representatives from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) joined nearly 2,700 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest and premier training event for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers.
The forum which took place February 2-5th in National Harbor, Md., featured nearly 80 courses to help participants learn effective strategies to address drug-related problems in their communities. Training sessions addressed some of the most pressing issues facing communities today – from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and marijuana use among youth to how to reduce tobacco use and underage drinking.
“We were so excited to be able to spend several days with similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so we can improve our community,” said Kara Miller, coalition member and Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant Program Director. “We came back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to prevent use in Taney County.”
One of the highlights of the forum is the recognition of coalitions who have graduated from the National Coalition Academy (NCA). The NCA is a comprehensive year-long program designed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. Coalitions earn graduation status by participating in all components of the NCA and completing five essential planning products that serve as the foundation for their comprehensive plan for community change. Representing ADAPT at the ceremony was Kara Miller, DFC Program Director and Casey Parnell, DFC project coordinator.
The coalition has recently impacted the community by holding prescription drug take-back events, educational community presentations, after prom events for area high schools, and alcohol server/seller training.
The coalition also met with Missouri’s 7th District Representative, Billy Long, at the CADCA Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, February 4. Representative Long and his staff were given information about effective ways to reduce substance use and abuse, and about the importance of community-based prevention.