Community Drug & Alcohol Council is the primary substance-abuse and violence-prevention community resource for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. We offer programs, community support and collaboration to address drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco, mental health issues and violence both in the home and on our streets. With a holistic approach, we combat problems by engaging the entire community including schools, law enforcement, parents, counselors, students and case managers.

The Community Drug & Alcohol Council is sponsored by Big Bend Community Based Care / Florida Department of Children and Families and is a United Way Partner Agency. We are the key resource for violence prevention, drug abuse prevention, and training for parents and teachers through our Savvy Parent Series. That’s why we partner with individuals and other organizations in the schools and in the community, because eradicating drug abuse and violence requires total community participation.

CDAC goes beyond the surface, addressing emotional and social skills in children by providing outreach aimed at high-crime and poverty-stricken areas; hosting community awareness events; offering parenting programs; and providing technical assistance to community groups like Project Graduation and Northwest Florida Prevention Coalitions.  We are the source for speakers or fair displays for civic and volunteer agencies as well as church groups, providing drug abuse prevention, parenting skills and other related information.

Our Mission

Supporting Positive Lifestyles and Choices for Families and Communities through Prevention and Intervention


Our Values

Respect — We honor the rights and beliefs of others. We respect and value diverse life challenges and work to create an environment that is inclusive of all.

Excellence — We strive to be the best in quality and everything we do.

Integrity — We employ the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in all actions we take.

Motivation — We celebrate success, recognizing the achievements of clients and staff.

Accountability — We take responsibility for our performance and we meet our commitments.

The Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc. (CDAC) offers a number of different programs which are client-centered, strength-based and developed from evidence-based practices. The Board of Directors and agency leadership established a goal to improve organizational competence and financial viability, as well as to increase accountability, ensuring that CDAC will continue to be a high-performing organization and a leader in the community.

The fundamental principles of the our PQI program are designed to improve the quality of services, continue to evaluate the client’s needs and services provided, increase cost effectiveness, and ensure compliance with external regulations and stakeholders’ expectations, as well as internal standards of performance.  The PQI plan is broad-based and includes all employees, Board of Directors, clients/consumers and external stakeholders.  Input collected from these players allows us to establish strategic priorities and goals.

The Community Drug and Alcohol Council’s PQI Program is intended to determine and improve the overall quality of services in every program while promoting excellence and continually improving. The PQI program also aims to achieve and maintain high levels of stakeholder satisfaction and ensure CDAC staff accountability for services and outcomes. By consistently monitoring all programs, CDAC gains assurance that all services delivered are appropriate, effective, and necessary.  The CDAC Board of Directors and leadership endorse the collection and constructive use of data to promote high learning/high performance results. Performance and outcome expectations are communicated in a supportive manner and ensure protection for employees who identify areas of needed improvement. CDAC provides for “whistleblower” protections.  The vision, mission and core values of CDAC are the foundation for all Performance Quality Improvement efforts and processes.  Accordingly, client rights and confidentiality will be protected throughout all PQI processes.