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

Past Presidents of CPA
          Phil Brown           1978-1983                          Jackie Spaid                    1994-1996
          Tom Cesarini        1983-1986                          Suzanne Ralph                1996-2000
          Joe Guardiani       1986-1987                          Lenore Rosencrans          2000-2000
          Ellen Wolf            1987-1988                           Debby Fye                      2000-2010
          Joe Zbieg             1988-1989                          Kathy Muller                    2010-2014
          Mary Beth Wolfe   1989-1990                          Jeff Hanley/Tammy Taylor 2014-2015
          Ken Healy            1990-1991                          Jeff Hanley                      2015-Present
          Patty Karn           1991-1994

 

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.

 


 

1998

CPA leads the campaign to generate over 8,000 letters to Senators Arlen Spector and Rick Santorum, which resulted in re-instatement of block grant funding.  

 

1999

Harrisburg Legislative testimony regarding the need o reduc the use of tobacco products. Little funding was designated for prevention. 

 

2002

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

 

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

 

 271 members

 

 

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.

 

 

216 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

A legislative advocacy breakfast was held at at our state Capitol








192 members 

  2013

CPA Annual Conference enters the social media age with plenary sessions livestreamed and questions were tweeted.


      



153 members      

          2014

CPA membership vote to change bylaws to include "preventing risk-related behaviors".


CPA awarded a PCCD SAEDR grant to develop consistent statewide prevention messages regarding opiate abuse 

2016

CPA Celebrated our 40th Birthday with a dinner at our annual conference. 

Our conference was the largest in our 26 years of offering a conference.

2017