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Please join our efforts in Southwest VA to positively combat the substance abuse epidemic that has so negatively impacted our region. A united voice can make a difference. Prevention has significantly reduced the “litter” and “smoking” problem in our county and together we can definitely change the drug culture area as well! Are you or someone you know looking for help with substance abuse? Do you need resources relevant to the prevention, treatment and recovery from substance abuse? Or would you like more information on how you can become involved as a community member to prevent substance abuse? Go to to become involved.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How To Use Social Media In Your Communities Prevention Efforts.

2011 GOSAP Gang Awareness and Prevention Conference
August 24, 2011
8:00am – 4:00pm
Holiday Inn Koger Center
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, VA  23235
Please  visit for more information and to register for the conference.

In today’s world, the heart of social interaction is through social media. Human beings are innately social, leading to interactions that define, sustain or propel behaviors whether good or bad. Get on board and understand how to become a part of today’s social culture. Understand how to use the web and social networking to create cost effective strategies for community prevention.  

Lori Gates-Addison, LCSW, CPP- Director of Children and Family Services & Prevention at Cumberland Mountain Community Services.

Ms Gates-Addison is the Director of Children and Family Services & Prevention at Cumberland Mountain Community Services. Over the last 24 years she has served the residents in rural Southwest VA by developing clinical youth services and writing over a million dollars worth of community prevention grants. Creativity, community collaboration and coalition work is at the heart of her success.  Substance Abuse Prevention…Our Community Our Responsibility, is her current prevention campaign that employs social media as a key prevention strategy. Lori was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field of Prevention by theSubstance Abuse Certification Alliance of Virginia (SACAVA)

Dan Hunsucker, CPP
Dan graduated from Roanoke College double majoring in psychology and criminal justice with a concentration in psychological human development.  He began working with Planning District 1 Behavioral Health Services and Frontier Health in June of 2008.  His technological savvy and zesty attitude brings creativity and spice to the prevention efforts of Southwest VA.  Dan has been recognized by the Substance Abuse Certification Alliance of Virginia (SACAVA) and the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) as a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP).   Today, Dan continues to add fresh fuel and focus to his profession: integrating technology and current adolescent trends into the prevention message to reach out and connect with youth and communities.

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