Smithville's CIA receives national recognition

CADCA representatives joined CIA graduates for a celebration photo at the ceremony. They are (left to right): Gregory Puckett, CADCA Board Member, Emily Barnes, coalition liaison and Tri-County Mental Health Services prevention specialist, Kelly Boley, Smithville CIA Capacity Building Chair and Civic Sector Representative, Jennifer Rhoad, Smithville CIA Program Director, Major General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA, and Pat Castillo, Director of National Coalition Institute & Vice President of Training Operations.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Smithville Community in Action Coalition was recognized recently at the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

The coalition was acknowledged as graduates of the National Coalition Academy, a comprehensive training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute.

The program is designed to educate staff and volunteer leaders of prevention coalitions on specific applicable skills and practices needed to develop and maintain an effective anti-drug coalition, according to a press release.

The program combines three weeks of classroom training, three reinforcement on-line sessions and access to a web-based workstation. The curriculum is organized within Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Strategic Prevention Framework.

To qualify for graduation at the end of the year-long training, coalitions must have developed a community assessment, a logic model, and a strategic and action plan, as well as evaluation and sustainability plans.

The coalition, which has been awarded a federal grant to help with their youth drug prevention and advocacy work, is focused on creating safe and healthy communities in which youth can thrive.

CIA, which has the administrative support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. The coalition welcomes new members from the Smithville community at large as well as from the fields of education, law enforcement, social services, and the business and faith communities.

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