This week, Barbara Sprechman and Malissa Arnold joined more than 3,000 substance misuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA's (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's) 30th Annual Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. CADCA's Forum covered a wide range of topics - everything from how to prevent prescription drug misuse to addressing electronic cigarettes use, trending marijuana issues and how to develop policies to reduce underage drinking. This annual forum is the nation's largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.
"We are so excited to have spent several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn't suffer from the harms of substance misuse," said Barbara Sprechman, PCMC Coordinator. "We have come back reengergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle substance use in Mercer County."
Another exciting event during the forum was the Coalition Academy Graduation Ceremony where Malissa received a plaque recognizing her and the PCMC as one of 148 coalltions representing 46 states and American territories that completed the National Coalition Academy (NCA). The NCA incorporates three week-long classroom sessions, a web-based distance learning component and an online WorkStation where participants network and share planning produces and receive free ongoing coalition development support. Congratulations to Malissa Arnold, DFC Program Coordinator, for your hard work and dedication!