Community Prevention Wellness Initiative

Clarkston EPIC is part of a state-wide program called the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative or CPWI. The following information has been taken from the Washington State Health Care Authority Athena Forum website and can be found here

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI)

In 2011, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery launched the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) to provide substance abuse prevention services and strategies through local coalitions in high-need communities. Communities have proven to be an effective organizing force for bringing evidence-based policies and programs to scale, improving public health.

Through partnerships with counties and school districts across Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Educational Service Districts, CPWI is implemented statewide in:

  • 82 communities
  • all 39 counties
  • all 9 Educational Service Districts

CPWI is a community and school-based model for delivering prevention programs and strategies to reduce underage misuse and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, tobacco, and other drugs. This model uses a data-informed, community-level decision making process to determine root social and emotional causes that predict problem behaviors.

CPWI focuses on:

  • Building healthy and safe community environments
  • Expanding quality preventive services in clinical, community, and school settings
  • Empowering people to make healthy choices
  • Eliminating health disparities

The CPWI model allows us to better target and leverage limited public resources, increasing our ability to gain the best possible outcomes for communities. This more collaborative approach is expected to provide the long term support needed for positive community change.

How do we know prevention works?

Over 60 prevention programs and policies have been shown through rigorous research to prevent substance use problems.

An evaluation by Washington State University shows that CPWI is meeting its goals: 95% of programs implemented between July 2015 and June 2016 had positive results in delaying the first use of alcohol or other drugs, reducing use, decreasing risk factors and/or increasing protective factors. Between 2011 and 2016, communities in Cohort 1 showed improvements in all family and community risk factors. Evaluation results also showed significant decreases in 10th grade substance use outcomes:

  • Alcohol use and binge drinking – down 42%
  • Cigarette use – down 49%
  • Marijuana use – down 11%