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Goals & Objectives

Consistent with the NCADA mission, the following goals and objectives have been established by the NCADA board of directors:

Goal - Information

To serve as the central resource for information on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and associated problems and issues

Objectives

  • Establish, maintain and promote two resource libraries replete with videos, curriculum materials, books, periodicals, pamphlets, and articles
  • Subscribe to journals and other publications and peruse internet sites that provide the latest statistical, scientific and programmatic information and best practices.
  • Develop and maintain a website promoting NCADA programs and services, making current information readily available to the public and opening communication with persons in need of help.
Goal - Public Awareness

To raise public awareness about the nature and extent of alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction, its impact on society, and NCADA's role in reducing this impact.

Objectives

  • Educate the community through workshops, seminars, and media campaigns.
  • Conduct special forums/debates on key issues affecting the substance abuse field (i.e., counselor licensing, employee drug screening, AIDS, managed care, crime, etc.).
  • Collaborate with local treatment providers to offer public lectures on addiction and family disease.
Goal - Prevention

Develop, promote and implement strategies that prevent or reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and related problems.

Objectives

  • Educate youth on the nature and consequences of chemical substance use.
  • Offer comprehensive programs for youth that develop skills, behaviors and attitudes that reduce their risk of involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Develop opportunities for youth to engage in recreational, social and community service activities that reinforce a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Involve youth as peer mentors, mediators, and trainers of skill-based prevention strategies.
  • Provide training to parents, teachers and other youth-serving adults to reinforce prevention concepts in their homes, schools and communities.
Goal - Intervention

To promote understanding of addiction disease and its impact on individuals and families; to reduce the stigma of addiction disease; and, to serve as an objective source for assessment, counseling and treatment referral.

Objectives

  • Offer telephone Helpline for anyone seeking professional and confidential help for addiction or related problems.
  • Provide professional in-office information, counseling and referral services for alcoholics, drug addicts, problem drinkers and drug abusers.
  • Provide education and intervention programs for parents and their children or teens experiencing substance abuse problems.
  • Develop substance abuse education and intervention programs for older adults.
  • Produce a directory of treatment resources.
Goal - Advocacy

To organize advocacy efforts for responsible and effective policies, laws and resources that support the NCADA mission.

Objectives

  • Establish, coordinate and/or participate in task forces, research groups and citizen voluntary efforts in order to mobilize community support in combating substance abuse, addiction and related problems.
  • Reinforce advocacy efforts through the recognition of professional and volunteer achievements.
  • Develop a student advocacy component to support existing adult efforts.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a statewide support and advocacy network for recovering alcohol/drug addicted individuals.
  • Coordinate meetings, receptions, and educational opportunities for Missouri policy makers to build support for issues impacting the substance abuse field.