Prevention services are modeled after the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiatives adopted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery in Washington state. Local community coalitions work together to:
Influence community environmental changes to reduce substance abuse.
Increase public awareness of the harmful effects substance use has on youth.
Build collaborations among community groups, schools, faith-based organizations, and programs that serve youth and families.
West Central Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI)
The West Central Community Coalition has been meeting since 2012 to assess the needs and develop a strategic plan for prevention services in the community. This is a large community, bordered by the Spokane River on the south and west, Wellesley Avenue to the north, and Division Street to the east. The mission of this coalition is to promote community health and wellness, to include prevention and reduction of underage alcohol consumption and illicit drug use, by addressing risk and protective factors for such behaviors, and providing opportunity for positive community involvement.
The East Valley Community Coalition was formed in 2013 and is assessing needs for prevention services in the East Valley School District area. It is bordered by the Idaho state line to the east, Mead School District to the north, West Valley School District to the west, and the Spokane River to the south. Their mission is to empower the community through education and substance abuse prevention to promote safe and healthy individuals in all families and neighborhoods.