Community Prevention

The Community Prevention program increases community knowledge about overall wellness and substance abuse.

This program provides education, technical assistance, and community support with an information resource center and community health fair participation to assist individuals, neighborhoods, and all community members in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. As it is vital for communities to stay informed on the latest information and trends, presentation topics include information on drug trends, marijuana, prescription drugs, the dangers of underage alcohol use, bullying, and internet safety.

For more information or to schedule a presentation for your workplace or organization, contact Denise Manassa at or 850-434-2724.

Parenting for Prevention

Parenting comes with its unique challenges accompanied with enjoyable moments. As no two families are alike, CDAC has several programs that are designed to help parents with their specific needs. These free, evidence-based parenting programs address these specific needs based on the ages of their children, and are provided on an individual and group basis:

Active Parenting: This program is designed for families struggling with adolescents ages 9 to 15. Parents learn about issues facing today’s youth and are provided with the tools and resources to approach teens about these challenges.

Circle of Security: An 8-week class for parents or caregivers of infants and toddlers birth to 3 years of age that helps parents understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs, support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions, enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem and their desire to be secure.

The Incredible Years: This program is for parents of children ages 2 to 8. Combining information with hands-on experiences, parents learn how child-led play, specific praise, setting appropriate limits with rules and routines, and appropriate discipline strategies can provide a strong foundation in a young child’s life, allowing them to establish behavior patterns early on.

The Incredible Years Baby: This is a program for parents of infants ages 0-12 months. The baby should accompany the parent to the group.

The Nurturing Program: This is designed for families in substance abuse treatment and recovery facilities.

For more information on any of the above parenting programs, contact Medena Williams at or 850-434-2724.

Mental Health First Aid

CDAC provides Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. Both are nationally-recognized 8-hour courses. The purpose of these trainings are to educate the general public to become Mental Health First Aiders. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. For more information, please email