National Organizations

National Organizations

The following national organizations can be utilized as a valuable resource to receive additional information on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. The Prevention Research Center has developed relationships with each of these organizations to assist in the dissemination of prevention information based on the scientific research conducted at the Center. To learn more about the organizations listed below, please click on the name of the desired organization and you will be directed to the appropriate web site. Please remember, there are many other organizations specializing in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse including local organizations specific to your community that will be able to provide additional resources. Be sure to check with local government, law, health, and education officials for more information.

Concerned Citizens Groups

The findings of alcohol prevention research are important to the general public as well as citizen advocacy organizations. These organizations extract from the Center's research valuable data relating to their organizational goals in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
This organization is made up of victims of impaired driving and their advocates and works towards the implementation of policies and practices to prevent impaired driving.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA is a national organization representing grass-roots community organizations with substance abuse as their primary concern. It serves a leadership and networking function for members and sponsors the development and dissemination of guidance documents as well as conferences and training.

Practitioners and Policy Makers

Prevention practitioners and policy makers utilize the research of the Center to help shape public policy relating to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
The members of this organization direct the expenditure of Block Grant funds from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
Members of this organization direct the expenditure of funds coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation and are instrumental in implementing policies and programs at the state level to prevent alcohol-impaired driving.

National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA)
NABCA is the membership organization of states that maintains some form of monopoly control over alcohol sales. NABCA provides member states and other interested parties with information concerning alcohol policy, and sponsors meetings and conferences of alcohol control agencies.

The Congressional Prevention Coalition
This is a working group made up of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with a specific interest in prevention and its role in increasing American health and safety.

Dissemination Organizations

The Federal government, as well as private organizations and citizen groups, have recognized the need to provide information regarding the best practices in the prevention field. These agencies work with research organizations, including the Prevention Research Center, to provide prevention information, guidance, and leadership to researchers, government agencies, community leaders, and concerned citizens.

The Center for the Application of Prevention Technology (CAPT)
These regional centers are funded by the Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention with the goal of encouraging the adoption of science-based prevention practice. They provide information and interpretation to assist grant recipients in adhering to federal guidelines for the expenditure of funds. The centers are looked to by state prevention agencies for information on best practices and would be a natural venue for the dissemination of information from PRC. PIRE has had a long-term working relationship with the centers.

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC)
This center is a project of PIRE located in our Maryland office and funded primarily by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It provides informational materials, training, technical assistance, and ongoing consultation to state and community organizations involved with preventing underage drinking. A significant portion of its activities address alcohol policy issues in general. The center has already disseminated key findings and implementation information generated by PRC.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

The National Liquor Law Enforcement Agency (NLLEA)
This organization provides training and technical assistance to state alcohol beverage control enforcement agencies in areas related to alcohol control policies. PIRE provides the knowledge synthesis and curriculum development function for the organization.