Youth Health Promotion to Prevent Substance Use
Washington State Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery provides the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) to support youth substance abuse prevention services and strategies through local coalitions in high-need communities across the state. CPWI invests in two communities in Thurston County, through a partnership of our health department with the local school districts and Educational Service District 113, cities, faith-based organizations, parents, local service providers, other volunteers, and the youth themselves, to sustain prevention planning and action: 

Combined effects of this comprehensive, community-based approach lead to the best possible outcomes for young people and families in these places. (click on the links above or right to go to each coalition’s website and find out more about local strategies and activities)

What is the risk?

Children and teens who use alcohol and other drugs are at high risk for developing short and long-term physical, developmental and emotional problems. These young people’s brains are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of drugs. Early use of alcohol and other drugs increases the risk of:

  • Addiction
  • Depressive feelings and thoughts of suicide
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • School failure
  • Serious or fatal injuries

Our Strategies:

  • Building healthy and safe community environments
  • Eliminating health disparities
  • Expanding quality preventive services 
  • Promoting, and empowering people to make, healthy choices

Our Goals:

Support proven prevention strategies and continued investment for long-term, positive impacts on families and community, reducing youth substance use and misuse and thereby improving young people’s educational and other life outcomes.