MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) is to unite prevention advocates in Washington State in order to create environments that support safe and healthy communities through prevention of substance abuse and violence.
The WASAVP Board has been working to continue oureducation and advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership and community level substance abuse and violence prevention organizations statewide. As we prepare for the next legislative session, we are inspired by some of the successes from last session:
While many are still in awe of commercial marijuana's increasing influence, continued expansion of alcohol availability and the new threats posed by opiates and fentanyl, these recent victories nevertheless ARE significant. Although substance abuse prevention professionals and our allies may be small in number, our work is critically important because we often represent the ONLY voice of prevention around legislative issues. Prevention works and we must stay focused. WASAVP is gearing-up to work on key policy issues next session:
We look forward to working with you during the 2019 legislative session, providing technical assistance to the prevention community, and keeping you updated with email alerts and statewide prevention calls. Please consider renewing your membership or becoming a new member today--WASAVP is a membership organization and relies on the financial support of our members. We offer many membership options for individual advocates, coalitions and community organizations. We very much appreciate your support.
With respect to human services, prevention consists of methods or activities that seek to reduce or deter specific or predictable problems, protect the current state of well-being, or promote desired outcomes or behaviors.
The term "prevention" is used to represent activities that stop an action or behavior, which are applied at a population and/or community level. It can also be used to represent activities, strategies and policies that promote a positive action or behavior. Research has found that successful substance abuse and violence interventions much both reduce risk factors and promote protective factors to ensure the well-being of children, families and communities.
Adopted by WASAVP Board of Directors, September 28, 2018, and adapted from: