In March 2013, community stakeholders and the Monroe School District came together to commit their support for participating in a State project called the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative. Our community was identified because data shows Monroe is at higher risk for underage drinking and other drug use than many other communities in Snohomish County.
Even though we’re at higher risk, all communities have issues with substance use. Monroe was selected to participate in this project because it was ready to make the best use of project resources:
- Our community has a history of working together to address big issues.
- We have few local resources available to address the problem on our own.
- We have community partners that made a commitment to form and maintain an
active Community Coalition.
Based on the prevalence, trends and impacts, our statewide priority is to support communities in reducing underage drinking and the harm it causes. While prevention programs are working to help most young people make healthy choices, alcohol is used by more children and teens than all illicit drugs combined. In Washington alone, more than 115,000 students ages 12-17 use alcohol regularly. CPWI also supports efforts to prevent teens from using marijuana, tobacco and prescription drugs. According to the 2012 Washington State Healthy Youth...read more
Some of the ways CPWI is already making a difference in communities: Local ordinances have been passed that reduce youth access and exposure to alcohol. Coalitions are working to raise awareness in their communities about the consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse. Students are learning how alcohol advertising can influence their decisions, and how to make healthy choices. Parents are learning skills to increase family bonding. There is more collaboration among school and community groups. Young people have more opportunities to be...read more
Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coalitions have: Members who represent at least eight community sectors (such as health, law enforcement, education, parents and youth) as active members of the coalition. At least one half-time community coordinator supporting the coalition and community. At least one full-time prevention/intervention specialist in the selected school(s). The readiness to benefit from prevention programs. The ability to implement evidence-based strategies: environmental, direct service, capacity building and...read more
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...read more