Substance Abuse Prevention
Community Prevention and Wellness Initiatives
Prevention services are delivered through culturally competent and sustainable substance abuse prevention coalitions in local communities. We currently have two communities that have active coalitions for prevention services.
West Central Community Coalition
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.
East Valley Community Coalition
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.
Becky Swan, Prevention Coordinator
312 West 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 477-4540
Relay Service of Washington: (800) 833-6384
Fax: (509) 477-6827
It is the mission of the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Services Development Department's Substance Abuse Prevention Division to support strategies that prevent the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances by youth and adults who reside within Spokane County.
Substance Abuse Prevention Services
Substance Abuse Prevention Services are primarily supported by federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) funds that come to the County from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Funding is also provided by other local, state and federal sources.
The County contracts with several community not-for-profit organizations to provide prevention services. These services are targeted to specific populations and they address priority risk and protective factors. They are provided in community, family, school and peer/individual domains.
Start Talking Now
Parents, start talking now to your youth before they start drinking. Check out the www.starttalkingnow.org site for many useful tips and information.
For additional information, see Underage Drinking: Key Points for Parents.