“The news source for Grantees: Dear Drug-Free Communities Florida’s Community Coalitions” In case you haven't heard, it's time for you to fill out the Coalition Classification Tool (CCT). It's a web-based survey and it's accessible from the homepage of COMET, once you log in to the system. You'll find the link to the CCT on the bottom right of the COMET homepage under the header titled, "Messages". You must complete this tool by Monday February 5th. Please call or email your CSAP Project Officer if you have any questions about this. January 3, 2007 If you just received your first DFC grant in October, you will be receiving your COMET login information at the New Grantee Training in DC, January 8-10. Your first task when "We will open the book. Its pages are you go home from the training will be to complete the CCT. blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity Contact: Ken Shapiro and its first chapter is New Years Day." Policy Analyst, Drug Free Communities -Edith Lovejoy Pierce Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy 202-395-4681 What is the Coalition Classification Tool? The Drug Free Communities Program has selected an evaluation contractor that has developed a theory-based typology to define and delineate the pattern of coalition development. The typology describes the characteristics and activities associated with each Tell Target: Binge Drinking is No stage of coalition development and the accomplishments that can be expected at each stage. Game The classification tool is a survey that will be used to classify DFC coalitions into the defined stages of development. Target, the national department store chain, is selling binge drinking games on its Coalitions reflect a range of developmental stages - as coalitions evolve, they focus on website. “The last man/woman standing different issues to meet various challenges. Coalitions in the early stages of development may wins!” says the instructions for Drinko, focus on member recruitment, coalition formation, and needs assessment. More developed where the object of the game is to make coalitions with formal structures, expanded membership, and needs assessment data may be your opponents drink as many shots as ready for strategy selection, implementation and evaluation. In some cases advanced possible. coalitions, which have been able to implement effective strategies and have produced desired outcomes, are able to focus on institutionalizing and maintaining such strategies and These games clearly promote high-risk expanding programs throughout the community. drinking. Target labels these items as “adult” games for people over 21 and says Why am I required to take this survey? they sell them online, but they’re missing You are required to complete this survey, as it is essential to the national evaluation of the the point. Binge drinking is dangerous and Drug Free Communities (DFC) program. This yearly survey will assist in determining the unhealthy at any age. Tell Target’s CEO effectiveness of the DFC grant program, overall, in assisting grantees in moving through the Robert Ulrich that dangerous drinking is no stages of development. game. Insist he remove these irresponsible products. What will I be required to do? You will be asked a series of questions and your responses to these questions will determine IMPORTANT: Please customize the into which stage of development your coalition will be classified. This information is used sample letter that is attached with your own on the aggregate level only and will not be used in any government oversight capacity words. Individualized letters have more for your grant. The results will be shared with you in the near future. impact. Instructions: When you are finished answering a question, click on the arrow button (< or >) at the bottom of the page in order to get to the next question or to navigate back to the previous question. Please keep in mind; you may have to scroll down to view the arrow button. Once you have completed the survey, you will receive a notice alerting you that it is complete. Once you hit the “Done” button, you will no longer have access to the survey questions. We anticipate that it will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete the survey. Thank you for your participation! HOT PLACE! COOL SPOT! CADCA's Forum to Address Latest in Drug Prevention www.guidestar.org and Treatment Connecting People with Nonprofit Information CADCA's National Leadership Forum XVII -- the nation's largest training conference for community drug prevention leaders, Sign up for the newsletter and receive valuable information, treatment professionals and researchers -- will be held on Feb. 12- timely articles and links to other resources available on the 15, 2007 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. web. Guidestar has one of the largest and most flexible non- profit search engines. Plus, if you fill out your own non- The theme of this year's conference is "Coalitions: The Road to profit information, you may just get an unsolicited Results," featuring a host of results-driven workshops, plenary sponsorship to your coalition. Walmart is known to use this sessions, and special events that will help participants achieve real site when looking for giving opportunities. change in their communities. Overview CADCA has also expanded its youth-focused workshops to better Training Opportunity prepare young participants to be effective coalition leaders. In Center for Prevention Workforce Development addition to the exciting interactive workshops at CADCA's Youth Summit, selected youth will participate in CADCA's National A Unique Approach: “Today’s Tools for Tomorrow’s Success” Youth Leadership Initiative, which will provide experienced youth is a three day skills-based training focused on a set of macro- leaders with advanced training in coalition development. level skills common to prevention work in diverse settings, addressing multiple issues, and targeted at clients of any age. Similar to last year, the Forum will begin on CADCA's Pre- Conference Day on Monday, Feb. 12th, which will include more Target Audience: Direct service staff in any type of prevention than 10 in-depth workshops, as well as SAMHSA/CSAP's work with three or fewer years experience. More experience staff Prevention Day, a special day of training that SAMHSA has will also benefit from review and skills practice. developed for its grantees and has purposefully attached it to our signature event. This will afford their grantees the opportunity to Dates and Locations: experience the full CADCA Forum. January 23-25: Gainesville, Hampton Inn February 5-7: Orlando, Human Service Associates The official kick-off of the Forum will be Capitol Hill Day, June 5-7: West Palm Beach, Hanley Center featuring a high-energy Rally on Capitol Hill. The rally provides a Time: 8:30am to 5pm each day valuable opportunity to make our voices heard in Congress about Cost: $125.00. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging the importance of substance abuse prevention funding. Several and meals. members of Congress who have been longtime supporters of CEU’s: 20 are available CADCA's cause have been invited to participate in this event. For additional information on the training visit, CADCA's Forum will also offer dozens of opportunities for http://www.preventionworkforce.org/training.cfm participants to network with their peers, and at the Exhibit Hall, they'll get a chance to see the latest products and services available for substance abuse professionals. So don't miss this one-of-a-kind The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is training and networking opportunity -- register today! To register, looking for a Program Director and is particularly visit www.cadca.org and click on the "Forum 17" icon. Register interested in engaging someone from the substance before Jan. 9, 2007 to receive early bird discounts on abuse prevention field. registration. Receive even more discounts by becoming a CADCA member! CADCA members save $200 off the regular registration fees! For additional information about this position, contact: Pat Fowler Florida CADCA Attendees – Special Meetings with Phone: (407) 865-6200 Political Leaders Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gamblinghelp.org/ For Capital Hill Day, FADAA is working with CADCA to set up meetings with our political leaders. This way we can make a real impact and demonstrate the collaboration occurring across the state of Florida! If you are attending the conference and would like to participate in the Florida Delegation, please email email@example.com and sign up for this exciting event. Calendar of Events January Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 General Membership Meeting Notice-Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition, January 23 Coalition Networking Webinar-January 23 Science to Service Training-January 30-31 (Tentative) February Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 CADCA National Leadership Forum-February 12-15, Washington DC 2007 Adolescent Conference-February 26-27, Tampa, FL For additional information call Cindy Grant at the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association at 850-878-2196 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.