WILL COUNTY SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION COALITION HONORED AT CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM
National Harbor, Maryland – On Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was one of 148 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 30th Annual National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community substance use and misuse prevention leaders.
“We are very honored to have had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of substance abuse prevention. Our team was able to enhance our ability to implement and evaluate our prevention plans, as well as our ability to effectively sustain our coalition efforts. We look forward to many more years of educating the youth in an attempt to prevent youth substance use.” -Coalition Program Director Bonnie McPhillips
"Since being elected Sheriff, one of my first commitments was to build a coalition to help educate the youth of Will County about the dangers of substance abuse and addiction. With the help of Will County Executive Larry Walsh and his office, the Will County Sheriff's Office partnered up to form the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The coalition has been thriving ever since, and has done some wonderful things throughout Will County. Just by graduating this nationally renowned training program is a testament to the commitment and determination of all of those involved." -Sheriff Mike Kelley
The coalition recently worked on a sticker shock campaign that focused on local area retailers that sell liquor. Members of our coalition youth group, would go into these establishments and sticker bottles of liquor, all packaged beer and wine, as well as any packaged liquor. The coalition also teamed up with our law enforcement partners in conducting alcohol compliance checks throughout Will County. Throughout 2019, the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition also hosted community events throughout Will County, that educated the youth about the dangers of substance abuse and encouraged the youth to be drug and alcohol free. The Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has hosted numerous events with the Will County Sheriff’s Office “Hidden in Plain Sight Trailer” (HIPS), which educates parents where their children may be hiding elicit substances in their bedrooms. In 2019, the HIPS trailer was deployed at 13 different events sponsored by the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, to which 685 people participated in the educational experience. The Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition meets every 4th Tuesday of the month, and if you would like additional information on how to become a member, please contact Program Coordinator Robert Whooley at Rwhooley@willcosheriff.org.
CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive, year-long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. The NCA incorporates three, week-long classroom sessions, a web-based distance learning component, an online workstation where participants network and share planning products and free ongoing coalition development technical assistance. To graduate, coalitions must complete a rigorous curriculum. They must participate in all components of the NCA and complete five essential planning products that serve as the foundation of their comprehensive plan for community change.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance use and misuse. Attendees have to opportunity to hear and learn from nationally prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers. Forum brings together approximately 3,000 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals and faith-based leaders. It is the largest training event for the prevention field.
The Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s goal is to work with the community to ensure a brighter future, by eliminating youth substance and alcohol abuse and providing opportunities that will promote a healthy and quality life.
The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing coalition development assistance and training, public policy advocacy, special events, media strategies and marketing programs.