Vision: Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) is recognized as
the lead voice for state and national advocacy and essential
stakeholder in matters of substance abuse and violence prevention in Washington State.
• WASAVP should be among the fi.rst stakeholders to be approached by individuals and organizations
engaging in conversation s, meetings and/or programs that address substance abuse and violence
• WASAVP will achieve this stature by seeking and being sought to establish partnerships with
other individuals and organizations that have policy oversight and/or administrative authority in
areas of substance abuse and violence prevention.
• In so doing, WASAVP should articulate "idealized" policy positions, advocating for the
development and implementation of a comprehensive prevention strategy as well as a fully realized
prevention "infrastructure" in every county and community.
• In order to preserve and increase sub stance abuse and violence prevention funding, WASAVP must
advance a comprehensive approach by tracking and advocating for federal, state and local funding
potentials. Local funding includes county, city and school district funding streams. A goal in
analyzing these funding environments is to add prevention as a line item or a program item in local budgets,
initiatives, and funding streams .
• From this position within the community of prevention professionals and policy makers, WASAVP
should endeavor to empower and encourage colleagues to become proactive in articulating and
advocating for substance abuse and violence prevention. This can be achieved by providing
technical assistance to partner and constituent organizations and supporting political
activism among colleagues.
• To increase WASAVP's capacity building abilities, partnerships and collaborations with diverse
groups of organizations and individuals with similar missions will be sought after .
• In addition to establishing itself within the community of prevention professionals and policy
makers, WASAVP should establish a public, statewide and national profile utilizing various media to
expres s and promulgate advances in substance abuse and violence prevention policies and
Foundation: WASAVP members, community, school, families, children, colleagues, policy makers.
Adopted by the Washington Association of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Board