About the Coalition
In 2006, with support from NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Riverhead CAP established the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth. Partnering with Riverhead Central School District, Riverhead and Southampton Towns, Riverhead Police Department, Riverhead and Southampton Youth Bureaus, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead First Baptist and United Methodist Churches, local businesses, the medical community, parents, civic groups, youth, health and human service agencies, and community volunteers, we partner to create lasting community changes that reduce youth access to alcohol and other drugs.
The mission of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth is to engage collaborative partners in the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies that prevent youth substance use.
In 2013, the coalition was awarded a five-year Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to increase coalition capacity and community-based prevention initiatives. The objectives identified in our Action Plan for years one and two of the grant were to decrease underage drinking and non-medical use of prescription drugs. The grant required two staff members to attend the National Coalition Academy (NCA). The NCA is a comprehensive three-week classroom training program developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Coalition Institute; it teaches coalition leaders the core competencies and essential processes to establish or maintain a highly effective anti-drug coalition. The graduation ceremony took place at the CADCA National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC in February 2015.