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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene its 10th annual Prevention Day on Monday, February 3rd in conjunction with CADCA’s National Leadership Forum. This year, SAMHSA’s Prevention Day will focus on The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade.

This one-day event provides an exciting forum for prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers, scientists, consumers, and advocates in the behavioral health field to learn about effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Participants are able to network with other SAMHSA grantees and partners and will have the opportunity to take part in workshops to enhance their strategic planning and to share experiences and information.

SAMHSA is pleased to announce Dr. Thomas A. Workman as the keynote speaker for SAMHSA’s 2014 Prevention Day. Dr. Workman is a communications researcher and evaluator with more than 15 years of experience working with communities and institutions to address illegal and excessive consumption of substances by young adults through evidence-based environmental strategies.

In addition to dynamic speakers and informative workshops, SAMHSA's Prevention Day will feature:

  • The latest information about SAMHSA’s third annual National Prevention Week, a health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Find out how you and your community can get involved! Visit for more information.
  • A chance to try out SAMHSA’s new “Start the Talk” program, the first-of-its-kind online parent learning simulation tool, which gives parents the chance to practice talking with their child about underage drinking, helping build their skills and confidence to conduct these conversations with their own children in real life. This innovative tool is based on research in social cognition, learning theory, and neuroscience. Visit for more information.

  • An opportunity to view and interact with SAMHSA’s section of the “Target America” museum exhibit sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Learn key facts, watch videos, and try your hand at interactive touchscreen activities about behavioral health. The full exhibit is coming to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore in February 2014. 

  • The “I Choose” Project, which asks people to think about and share their reasons for choosing prevention. The project was well received last year at SAMHSA’s Prevention Day and during 2013 National Prevention Week. Join in this year and experience the “I Choose” Project 2.0. 

This all-day event will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in conjunction with CADCA’s 24th annual National Leadership Forum. There is no cost to attend SAMHSA’s Prevention Day, but registration is required.

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9 am - 10:30 am
Opening Plenary

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Keynote Address

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

1:15 am - 2:30 pm
Session 1: Institutes

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Session II: Workshops

4:10 pm - 4:45 pm
Closing Plenary

Schedule is subject to change