Community Prevention Wellness Initiative


is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and local prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and its negative consequences.  CPWI priorities include reducing underage drinking, marijuana use and opioid misuse/abuse among middle and high school aged youth. By providing evidence-based practices and promoting the positive changes in communities, we can build healthier communities.

 This initiative provides support to SW Seattle Youth Alliance and other surround coalitions with funding, training and technical assistance to implement the CPWI substance use disorder prevention system. The support assists communities to build on successes, adapt to community cultures, substance use behavior, and measure how well prevention programs are meeting state and local goals.

Strategic Prevention Framework

Developed by the federal SAMHSA and based on an existing evidence-based community organization system called “Communities that Care”.


The framework takes  a public health approach by identifying community needs, resources, readiness, and gaps, and then mobilizes the community to deal with prioritized problems. We have developed a strategic plan with measurable goals and objectives, implemented evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices, and finally we monitor the implementation of the project and measure and evaluate its results.



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