Representatives from Rockville Centre are headed to Orlando, Florida to join nearly 2,000 substance use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute. Ruthanne McCormack, Project Coordinator, will be attending the conference, along with Coalition Sector members from the Rockville Centre Police Department, Commissioner James Vafeades and Detective Nicholas DeLuca.

The week-long training, held at the Gaylord Palms, will teach participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – drug use. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 95 ninety-minute and half-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance use problems.

“The Mid-Year is a unique professional development opportunity for coalition leaders and key community stakeholders to learn about the latest research and effective strategies that will directly help them in their critical work of preventing substance use and misuse” said Pat Castillo, Director, National Coalition Institute and Vice President of Training Operations. “After four days of intensive training, leaders will return to their communities with new knowledge, skills, strategies, along with new ways to add to their existing roadmaps to continue to create environments where youth thrive – healthy and drug.”

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth has as its principal mission the reduction of substance abuse, with a primary focus on reducing youth substance abuse. Its mission is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use and its associated consequences.

CADCA’s Mid-Year will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and reduce heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use, synthetic drug use and underage drinking.

The coalition has recently positively impacted the community by placing a billboard outlining the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes, or vaping. The Billboard can be seen near the Recreation Center in a high traffic location. This Billboard, a collaborative effort by many members of the Coalition, is the latest initiative to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and was designed to grab the attention of both youth and their parents.
The coalition representatives will hear from several federal leaders, including Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Frances Harding.

Some coalition youth members will participate in CADCA’s Youth Leadership sessions and training events to help them become strong community leaders and change agents. The youth groups that are members of the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth are: The RVC Youth Council, Inc., South Side Leos Club, SADD, Youth Decide, Dynamic Youth Community, as well as many other youths in Rockville Centre. Our youth members have attended Leadership Trainings and are actively involved in our prevention initiatives.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute will take place at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida, July 15 – 19, 2018. Visit the Mid-Year site for details about training sessions, speakers and special events at

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth was formed in August 2014 by two key community groups with strong records of preventing teen substance abuse. Our coalition has the resources it needs to continue operating with our membership and structures in-tact for the long-term. The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth has made a lasting impact on our community that will successfully continue to provide information and raise awareness regarding the dangers of youth substance use and abuse.

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

Narcan Training at Hispanic Brotherhood

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito coordinated with the Coalition to train our Coalition Sector Members at the Hispanic Brotherhood in the life saving administration of Narcan. More members of our community are now educated on how to save a life from overdose.

Let’s Paint Rockville Centre Purple!! REBOUND – The Chris Herren Story at South Side High School – March 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Please support our Coalition by becoming a Chris Herren Presentation Sponsor.  Click here for our secure online donation form!

As you are aware the United States in the midst of an Opioid epidemic. Its not just the opioids that are affecting our society it is also the abuse of alcohol and other substances. We at the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth are working to bring the effects of these abuses to the youth and community. On March 20, 2018 Chris Herren, NBA star, will be speaking to the community at South Side High School on the effects of drug abuse in his own life.   As reported by numerous media outlets, Chris has struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He attends meetings daily to support his substance free lifestyle and often speaks before groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety.

In June of 2009, Chris celebrated 1 year of sobriety and took the next step in his career to launch a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since the summer of 2009 Chris has trained hundreds of basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.

Chris is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.  Please visit this link to help Paint RVC Purple!


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