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Our Vision: CPA will continue to be the foremost voice of Prevention in Pennsylvania. Our Mission: To support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse.
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TIMELINE FOR COMMONWEALTH PREVENTION ALLIANCE

 

1976

CPA is founded by a small group of dedicated and progressive thinking Prevention Specialists.

 

 

 

     8 initial members

 

1977-1980

Organizational structure was developed by creating by-laws, a vision statement and a process for electing a board of directors.

 

1980

Update Newsletter is created to share information and encourage attendance at professional trainings and support members.

 

 

 

1982-1983

CPA Board begins to have regular monthly meetings in State College at Southridge Motor Inn.

 

1984

CPA adopted it’s logo and began 

co-sponsorship of the Wellness Institute with

Wyoming Seminary.

 

 

   

 

1988

First Prevention Orientation Workshop presented at the Spring Office of Drug and Alcohol (ODAP) Conference.

 

 

 

1988-1989

CPA and Prevention Directors task force worked with      consultants from PA Addictions Board to develop Prevention Specialist certification.

 

1989

Grandfathering process results in 233 Certified Prevention Specialists.

 

1989

CPA, represented on Drug and Alcohol Services Providers of PA (DASPOP) Board becomes more proactive legislatively.

 

    

 

1990

A CPA Field Issues Forum focused on informing the newly formed PA Student Assistance Program (PASAP) about prevention services.

 

 

1990

CPA assists PASAP development by      providing CPA’s      by-laws and organizational structure.

 

1991

CPA holds its first independent     conference in Lancaster, with support from the Governor’s Drug Policy Council.

 

 

 242 members

 

1991-2000

CPA membership increases. Annual conference coordinated and regional meetings and trainings are scheduled.

 


 

2002

CPA Web site is established to        promote continuous communication with the field.

 

 

 271 members

 

2002

CPA president joins State Initiative Grant (SIG) Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

2004

CPA is represented on Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Programs

(BDAP) Prevention Workgroup.

 

 

2005

CPA president joins Performance Based Prevention System (PBPS) Workgroup.

 

 

 

 

 

265 members

 

2005-2006

CPA Board creates a Strategic Plan that includes steps to initiate and fund full time staff.

CPA Board begins to meet at (smoke free) Hoss’s in State College.

 

 

 

2006

CPA celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Annual Prevention Conference.

CPA president joins Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF SIG)

Advisory Board.

 


235 members

 

2006-2007

CPA Board explores avenues for creating full time staff positions with the creation of

budgets and job descriptions at strategic planning session.

 

2008

CPA begins development of a legislative initiative to bring the importance of prevention work to State lawmakers.

 

 

 

 


265 members

 

2009-2010

CPA begins the process of updating and revamping the CPA website.

 






175 members

 

2009

Revised Board of Directors to include State-wide Representatives as well as Regional Representatives.

 

2010

CPA votes to pay President part-time wage for building a financial base to position CPA for hiring of full time Executive Director. A legislative advocacy breakfast was held at at our state Capitol


192 members


*Some of the earlier dates are approximations due to flood-related loss of archival information.