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CADCA names 2011 outstanding state member

February 7, 2011
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Washington, D.C. – Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has named the New York Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as its Outstanding State Member.

This prestigious award recognizes an outstanding state program that has made significant contributions to community-based drug prevention coalitions in their state and has helped support CADCA’s mission. OASAS will accept the award during the Awards Luncheon at CADCA’s 21st Annual National Leadership Forum, being held Feb. 7-10, 2011 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

OASAS is being recognized by for their commitment to community substance abuse prevention coalitions in New York and for their outstanding investment in the training and technical assistance of these local leaders. During the past two and half years, CADCA worked closely with OASAS to carry out a comprehensive coalition training and technical assistance initiative.

Together, they developed and hosted both a year-long New York State National Coalition Academy Training and a New York State “Mini” National Coalition Academy Training, which trained 119 leaders in community problem solving skills and strategies.

CADCA and OASAS were also able to work together to help develop and enhance the New York’s network of Prevention Resource Centers and train those centers to develop coalitions within their regions. Together, we have been able to train 278 coalition leaders in evidence-based community problem solving skills around substance abuse throughout the 2009 to 2010.

“We are very fortunate to have partners like OASAS, who understand the importance of community-based drug prevention and support the efforts of local community anti-drug coalitions in their state,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur Dean. “Together, we can further CADCA’s mission to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities.”

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Acting Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “OASAS is honored to be recognized by CADCA as the 2011 Outstanding State Member, as this award truly exemplifies New York State’s commitment to community-based drug prevention efforts.

"We are pleased to partner with CADCA to engage communities on effective strategies that will prevent drug and alcohol use among our youth, families and community members. By investing in our children, we are building the future of a strong, drug-free and healthy New York,” she added.

Mary Ann DiChristopher, Acting Associate Commissioner for Prevention, will represent Acting Commissioner González-Sánchez at the forum in accepting this prestigious award for New York State.

CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, featuring more than 100 training courses to help community and state leaders prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems.

The event, which includes nearly 100 workshops and plenary sessions, offers participants an opportunity to learn effective strategies to solve their community's substance abuse and violence problems, and to hear from the country's leading experts on drug prevention, treatment and recovery.

Headlining the conference are Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Howard Koh MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, who will both provide keynote addresses during the National Leadership Plenary. Advocacy will continue when coalitions meet their local representatives at Capitol Hill Day.

For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit