Identify emerging drug prevention issues and empower CPA membership to engage in concrete fact-based advocacy efforts, in direct support of the CPA mission and vision.

Job Description and Duties:

  1. Ensure all CPA members are equipped to serve as informed advocates for upstream drug prevention.
  2. Provide information via web site and social media posts on current news relevant to drug prevention issues.
  3. Post fact sheets and position papers on CPA web site.
  4. Introduce CPA members to the legislators who represent them by hosting events at the state capitol and posting find your legislator link on CPA web site.
  5. Education to state legislators.
  6. Advocacy members to report at each CPA regional meeting.
  7. Identify two committee members to attend DASPOP meetings.

Committee Members


Chair: Ronna Yablonski
Mary Paladino Loretta Cohen
Tammy Taylor Melissa Fausey
Kelly Brown Kathy Collier
Gail Viscome Kathy Strain
Julie Lovis Eileen Grenell
Howard Podgurski Gina Riordan
Tim Phillips Jeff Hanley



Monthly conference calls are on the 2nd Friday at 9:00am.

August 9, 2019 January 10, 2020
September 13, 2019 February 14, 2020
October 11, 2019 March 13, 2020
November 8, 2019 April 10, 2020
Dec 13, 2019 May 8, 2020


Grassroots Action Resources

Do You Know Your Legislators?

The most important action you can take to be an advocate for prevention is to get to know your legislators and let them know what you and your local prevention groups are doing.

Related Information

  • Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The ‘Pennsylvania Youth Survey,’ or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
  • To learn more about your counties state approved drug prevention plan please contact your local drug and alcohol program, The Single County Authority /SCA  
  • To understand more about the evidence based drug prevention - EPIS Center
  • What is Evidence Based Programing PDF
  • Why SCARE Tactics Don't Work

Establishment of the the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (2010)

In July 2012, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), formerly under the Department of Health, became a department.  This change reflects a strong commitment by the Commonwealth to provide education, intervention and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and dependency for all Pennsylvanians.

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs mission is to engage, coordinate and lead the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse; and to promote recovery, thereby reducing the human and economic impact of the disease.

Act 211 (1990)

Section 4 of this bill, titled the Alcohol, Chemical, and Tobacco Abuse Program requires all schools in Pennsylvania to provide K-12th grade prevention/education programs, including intervention and referral. This law expanded the previous version from 1986 to:

  • ensure that education is provided every year kindergarten through 12th grade
  • develop comprehensive curriculum guidelines to ensure the instruction was age-appropriate and includes tobacco and improper use of legal drugs
  • require training of relevant school personnel

For more information on CPA’s stance on any current legislation, contact the advocacy committee: