SPOTLIGHT: LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal Selected as Citizen of the Year in Oneonta.

SPOTLIGHT: LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal Selected as Citizen of the Year in Oneonta.
Julie Dostal is Executive Director of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions. LEAF, based in Oneonta, New York, is dedicated to helping create a community where children and adults can live in healthy environments that are free from the effects of alcoholism and other addictive diseases. Earlier in January, Julie was named as one of four 2015 Citizens of the Year for “Fighting the Scourge”. Julie and the other honorees were recognized for fighting a heroin epidemic that had ravaged Oneonta County. According to the HOMETOWN ONEONTA & The Otsego-Delaware Dispatch newspapers Julie “is marshalling forces on many fronts, from promoting life-saving NARCAN kits, to getting the word out on the fatal “DEISEL” brand that struck last January, to full involvement in the Opioid Task Force, and much more.” Though LEAF (Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation) the opiate crisis changed the focus of her prevention agency. In the article...
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SPOTLIGHT: Lumberton, NJ Affiliate’s Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)

SPOTLIGHT: Lumberton, NJ Affiliate’s Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)
Prevention Plus of Burlington County, Inc. offers a program designed to celebrate healthy aging, as well as to provide health information and offer resources for seniors. The program, called WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education), is a substance abuse prevention and wellness program targeting older adults created by the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) of which Prevention Plus is a member. WISE promotes health through six education sessions that address high-risk behaviors in older adults. It is designed to help older adults celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. The curriculum is designed to take place once a week over a six-week period. Each of the six lessons is two to three hours in length and includes refreshments. The program’s interactive lessons provide valuable educational services to older adults on topics that include health and wellness, medication use, stress management, depression and substance abuse. The lessons...
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Rochester Affiliate’s Hispanic Prevention Education Program

Rochester Affiliate’s Hispanic Prevention Education Program
The Hispanic Prevention Education Program (HPEP) of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area provides increased awareness about chemical dependency and its impact on the Hispanic community; evidence-based education; support; information and referral. The program recognizes and respects the cultural distinctions of the Hispanic community. HPEP provides community presentations for adults and youth; information and referral, along with printed resources for parents and youth in Spanish and English. Services of the program include: Botvin’s LifeSkillsTraining (LST)--An evidence-based program curriculum for multiple age/grade levels: Elementary, middle, and high school. Additionally, there is an LST curriculum for parents. The LST program is an evidence-based one that incorporates research from the fields of educational and developmental psychology. Rather than merely teaching information about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs alone, LST promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to help youth. LifeSkillsTraining is offered by our staff in...
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SPOTLIGHT: New Orleans Affiliate’s Re-Entry Program

SPOTLIGHT: New Orleans Affiliate’s Re-Entry Program
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans (CADA), offers substance abuse treatment and supportive services for individuals returning to the community following incarceration. It is called CADA Re-entry Program, or CRP. The aim of CRP is to break the cycle of criminal behavior, substance abuse and recidivism by combining psychoeducational support groups and transitional planning in correctional institutions with effective community-based treatment recovery and reentry-related services. The program is designed to bridge the gap in aftercare by transitioning from reentry into outpatient substance abuse treatment with a heavy emphasis on individualized case management. With funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CRP works to expand substance abuse treatment and related health services available to ex-offenders in the community by providing referrals and follow-up to substance abuse treatment programs. Several community-based organizations are partners with CADA for the program, including a local...
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Juneau Affiliate’s Tobacco Prevention Programs

Juneau Affiliate’s Tobacco Prevention Programs
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Juneau Affiliate (NCADDJ, offers tobacco education and prevention services through two programs, both of which are aimed at changing tobacco policy. Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Progra m The tobacco control policy program works with changing tobacco policy both locally and regionally. Policy changes include clean indoor air in all public places, advocating for smoke-free behavioral health and education campuses, raising local tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco consumption and to help prevent minors from using tobacco, modifying the point-of-sale environment to reduce youth exposure to tobacco advertising and advocating for smoke-free outdoor public places. Tobacco prevention and control is also targeting emerging nicotine delivery devices and "smoke-free" tobacco products. The State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control ( TPC) Program has achieved success by implementing an evidence-based comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program, including a tobacco quit line, counter-marketing media and grants...
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Gardena, CA Affiliate Awarded Federally Qualified Health Center Status

Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (BHS)'s soon-to-open BHS Family Health Center has been officially designated a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This award to serve as a New Access Point for low-income residents of Hawthorne, California and the surrounding area is one of 71 new medical clinics awarded in 2015 to serve an additional 454,728 new patients across the United States through the Affordable Care Act. Michael Ballue, currently BHS' Chief Strategy Officer, will oversee the new program as Director of Family Health Services. Michael serves on the NCADD Board of Directors. "This award is fantastic news for BHS, and in furtherance of our mission to provide fully integrated behavioral health and medical care to one of the most underserved regions within Los Angeles County," says Shirley Summers, President and Chief Executive Officer of BHS. "Having ready access to primary medical care within their...
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SPOTLIGHT—St. Louis Affiliate Executive Director’s Op Ed

SPOTLIGHT—St. Louis Affiliate Executive Director’s Op Ed
The following Op Ed piece, by Howard Weissman, Executive Director of National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse — St. Louis Area, appeared in print and online versions of the August 5, 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was written in response to a recent editorial calling for the decriminalization of all drugs. The Myth of Portugal's Drug Policy A recent Post-Dispatch editorial ("Sentencing reform is fine. Decriminalizing drugs would be better," July 24) advocated the broad decriminalization of drugs in America, including heroin and cocaine. It emphasized the experience of Portugal, where a shift to decriminalization that began in 2001 appears to have been positive. The editorial noted that "... public policy based on myths doesn't work," which is clearly true. But reporting the "success" of Portugal is a bit of myth, too. For example, the paper quoted misleading references in a 2009 report on Portugal by the libertarian Cato...
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Hudson County, NJ’s Affiliate Acquires the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute

Partners in Prevention, the NCADD affiliate for Hudson County, NJ, provides a wide range of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention services and programs to their community. Recently, Partners in Prevention added the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) to their youth prevention services. The mission of LMTI is to guide young people to realize their leadership potential and become empowered to create positive changes in themselves, their schools, and their communities. LMTI participants utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and learn about both environmental and individual prevention strategies in order to implement local prevention strategies that make a true impact. Through various experiential trainings, LMTI works with hundreds of middle school, high school, and college age students throughout New Jersey each year. Teen Institutes began in Ohio in 1965, and the National Association of Teen Institutes (NATI) was formed in 1985 with the goal of actively involving youth in the...
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SPOTLIGHT: Morganton, NC’s Faith-Based Community Recovery Initiative

ResizedBurke Recovery (formerly the Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc.), NCADD's Morganton, NC Affiliate, has a program to train clergy and lay leaders on how to screen for substance abuse issues and make quality referrals for services.

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SPOTLIGHT: Lowville, NY Affiliate’s Programs for Youth

Multicultural students - smallMountain View Prevention Services, Inc., NCADD's Lowville, NY Affiliate, offers several alcohol/other drug prevention programs for school-age children and youth.

One of the programs is its "Youth Advocacy Program."

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