CPA is committed to advocating for critical prevention priorities and supporting professionals in their important work across the state. Our efforts would not be possible without our dedicated project partners and donors. They play a critical role in helping us achieve our mission and making a positive impact when it comes to prevention efforts across Pennsylvania.
Our partners are vital to our work, believe in our mission, share our values, and collaborate with us on a wide range of projects. These partnerships allow us to expand our reach and provide more comprehensive services. They provide a range of support, including financial contributions, in-kind donations, advice and counsel, as well as volunteer hours. Our partners also provide valuable expertise, resources, and connections to help CPA achieve our goals.
Below you will find information about many of our current partners and an overview of some of the essential work we do together. We could not be more grateful for their support and look forward to our continued work together.
The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is a state agency responsible for developing and implementing policies, programs, and services related to substance use prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support. DDAP works to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities affected by substance use disorders.
The relationship between CPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is collaborative and based on shared beliefs of promoting health and well-being through prevention. DDAP provides funding for the annual CPA Conference and utilizes State Opioid Response (SOR) funding for the PAStart and PAStop media campaigns. CPA works closely with DDAP to support and promote evidence-based prevention efforts statewide and supports the state priorities and initiatives by providing training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities for prevention professionals. Representatives from DDAP and CPA serve on committees together to work towards common goals and share resources, expertise, and best practices to assist the field of prevention.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is a state agency that administers and coordinates programs and funding related to criminal justice, victim services, and juvenile justice. PCCD also supports the prevention of substance and mental health issues by funding evidence-based programming, providing technical assistance, and encouraging collaborations with prevention professionals and organizations. PCCD strives to reduce the incidence of substance use disorders and related crimes in Pennsylvania.
CPA and PCCD share a common interest in the prevention of youth initiation of substance use and promoting public safety and work together through funding and collaboration to achieve these interests. PCCD manages the State Opioid Response (SOR) dollars that provide funding to CPA for the PAStop and PAStart media messaging campaigns. In addition, PCCD has provided scholarships for PA prevention professionals to attend the annual CPA Conference. CPA participates on statewide committees with PCCD and serves as the advocacy arm of the Cross Systems Prevention Network. Our collaborative relationship demonstrates a shared commitment to preventing substance use disorder and promoting positive mental health.
The PA Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is responsible for regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages. It operates state-owned stores, approves private retailer licenses, and enforces liquor laws. The PLCB also administers the Alcohol Education Grant Program which provides funding to colleges and universities in PA to support initiatives aimed at prevention and reducing underage and high-risk drinking on campuses.
CPA and the PLCB share an interest in promoting responsible alcohol use among college students and supporting campus prevention efforts, and AOD prevention staff. In 2020 the PLCB provided funding to CPA to conduct a preliminary survey assessment of higher education institutions in Pennsylvania to begin to collect data about current alcohol-related issues on campus and efforts to mitigate the negative effects of student alcohol use. The stated purpose of this initial study was to collaborate with Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities to open a discussion around college drinking on Commonwealth campuses. As part of this initiative, and due to the PLCB financial support, CPA is creating the PA Collaborative, a partnership that will bring together representatives from colleges and universities to discuss and implement strategies to promote prevention and responsible alcohol consumption on campuses.
Penn State Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support (EPIS) is a research-based organization that provides training and technical support to schools, communities, coalitions, and agencies to promote positive outcomes for children and families. They also develop and provide educational opportunities and resources to disseminate current prevention science research and facilitate peer networking.
CPA and EPIS collaborate together and participate on multiple committees to help bring together different perspectives, expertise, and resources to address substance misuse and mental health issues. EPIS presents at CPA’s annual conference on both organizations and serves as the backbone of the CPA/CTC regional meetings and training.