What is the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative?
The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse. Our highest priority is to reduce underage drinking among 8th and 10th grade students since underage drinking is clearly linked by research to juvenile delinquency, mental health conditions, and school failure.
CPWI is funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Services are focused in communities experiencing high levels of underage drinking, crime, school drop-out, and unemployment. Communities are chosen based on their needs, and their readiness to address them.
Statewide, CPWI has funded prevention coalitions in 52 communities, located in all 39 counties and nine Educational Service Districts.