Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) works on behalf of over 5,000 community coalitions across the country to realize its mission of building and maintaining safe, healthy, drug-free communities. The organization has evolved to become the principal national substance abuse prevention organization working with community-based coalitions and representing their interests at the national level. Community coalitions can connect multiple sectors of the community, including businesses, parents, media, law enforcement, schools, faith organizations, health providers, social service agencies, and government. By acting in concert through the coalition, all of the partners gain a more complete understanding of the community’s problems. Together, the partners organize and develop plans and programs to coordinate their anti-drug efforts. The result is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to substance abuse and its related problems. Learn more at www.cadca.org.
Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) is a statewide organization established in 1967 representing more than 100 prevention and treatment agencies, as well as individuals who are interested in the substance abuse field. The Association advocates for sound public policy that will create healthier families and safer communities. IADDA members educate government officials in Springfield and Washington, and work to increase the public's understanding of substance abuse and addiction. For more information, see www.iadda.org.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies and grants — toward that outcome. For further information, see www.samhsa.gov.
The Department of Human Services is one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 14,000 employees and an annual budget of over $5.6 billion. Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.
MCYAF works with the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse within the Illinois Department of Human Services. For additional information, visit www.dhs.state.il.us.