Thousands of Community Leaders Gather to Educate Congress on Advancing Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts

Community leaders from across the country, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, are headed to Capitol Hill, Feb. 8th to meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives from nearly 50 states to educate them about critical substance abuse issues. These Congressional meetings are taking place during CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 27th Annual National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, as part of Capitol Hill Day.

“Capitol Hill Day is a vital opportunity for Forum attendees to communicate directly with their representatives to educate them about the successes and challenges facing our field and what legislators can do to advance prevention efforts,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO.

Capitol Hill Day kicks off with a plenary session followed by a congressional reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill. Several distinguished members of Congress will provide remarks at each event and the Honorable Ann Kuster (D-2nd/NH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) will receive CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award. The day concludes with Congressional appointments for Forum attendees to interact directly with representatives. On Feb. 9, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will receive CADCA’s National Leadership Award.

CAPITOL HILL DAY PLENARY:  

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 8:30 -10:45 a.m.

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

201 Waterfront St.

National Harbor, Md.

Participants:    

  • Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO
  • Sue Thau, CADCA Public Policy Consultant
  • The Honorable Ann Kuster (D-2nd/NH), CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award recipient
  • The Honorable Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • The Honorable Evan Jenkins (R-3rd/WV)
  • The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-40th/CA)

CAPITOL HILL RECEPTION:

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.

Participants:  

  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award recipient
  • The Honorable Edward John Markey (D-Mass.)
  • The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • The Honorable Sander Levin (D-9th/Mich)
  • The Honorable Joe Manchin (D-W.VA)

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. Forum brings together attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders. It is the largest training event for the prevention field.
 

About CADCA

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.